Eight years ago today, someone who never should have had access to a rifle killed over two dozen children and educators. Unbearably sad and overwhelmingly tragic, to be sure, but that does not justify coming after my lawfully owned AR-15 and however many “high capacity” magazines I may or may not possess.
On this anniversary, with the election behind us, I’ve been turning my attention to the fight that looms before us. Whether it’s billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety (the union of Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America) or former Congresswoman Gabby Gifford’s recently launched Gun Owners for Safety (and whose husband, Mark Kelly, was sworn in as the junior Senator from AZ earlier this month), forces are amassing that are intent on gutting our Second Amendment rights.
Just two weeks ago, it was reported on the Fox News Channel that Joe Biden is considering trying to use authority granted under the National Firearms Act (NFA) of 1934 to classify any semi-automatic rifle and any rifle magazine that holds more than 10 rounds as NFA items. What would that mean? It would mean that a $200 tax would apply to each of those items. It would also mean that several pages of paperwork would have to be completed for each item in order to apply for that tax stamp, thereby “registering” those items with the federal government as NFA weapons. Fail to do so, and boom, overnight, you’re a felon. Let that sink in…if Joe Biden gets his way and you have an AR-15 and ten 30-round magazines, which you have lawfully possessed for years, if you don’t complete mountains of paperwork and cough up $2,200 to the BATFE, you risk massive fines, years in federal prison and the loss of your “privilege” to ever possess a firearm again.
Now, I’m not quite ready to “storm the Bastille.” I’m not even prepared to go out and actively lobby against this nonsense. I’ll leave that to the fine organizations with the infrastructure to do so, like the Second Amendment Foundation, the NRA-ILA, and Concerned Citizens for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (all of which folks like us should support).
What I am prepared to do is “Fly the Flag!” And I hope you are, too. Whether that means sticking something on your car, hanging something on your wall, or pulling something on over your head and proudly wearing it in public, I want ways of saying to the 2A haters and the gun grabbers, “We know what you want to do. We are serious about defeating you. And…WE…ARE…MANY.”
That’s where FiveFiveSixByFortyFive.com comes in. It’s nothing fancy, just a little website I put together to give folks who think like I do a few ways to “Fly the Flag!” Right now, I only offer a couple of decals and a few sizes of a gallery-quality Second Amendment print I created, but I would also like to put a t-shirt into production, a pdf of which I wanted to attach to this message, but apparently, new posters are not allowed to upload attachments (but if you go to my site’s Contact page and send me your info, I’d be happy to share my t-shirt design with you).
So, all I ask of each of you, my fellow USCCA members, is to please check out the website and let me know what you honestly think. And please know, criticism is welcome, as I’d like to know if I’ve totally missed the mark. If, however, you think I’m onto something, I’d sure appreciate your support, either by grabbing some of my items for yourselves or loved ones (maybe as a Christmas gift), or by passing this post along to all of the gun guys and gun gals in your life. And if anyone from the USCCA is reading this, I’d sure appreciate it if you’d consider offering some of my items on the USCCA’s gear page.
Stay safe, be well-armed and Merry Christmas to all!