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Explaining The Gun Issue To Your Non-Gun Friends and Family

What the gun control debate sounds like to shooters, in a context most other people can understand. If you don’t like the alcohol context, you can use dogs.

Say it’s become “known” that many drunk driving fatalities are caused by drunk drivers who drank whiskey.Temperance advocates would really prefer to ban all alcohol, and they’ve made serious moves toward those ends in the past. They frequently and not without merit point to all the social problems that alcohol abuse contributes to, especially when there’s high-profile fatalities. But they don’t really have the political power to enact sweeping restrictions.

Instead they latch onto the idea of banning any alcohol that is brown, because whiskey is brown, and at least it’s something. Additionally, it’s only a minority of drinkers that prefer whiskey. They get a bit lucky, and manage to enact their ban on brown spirits.

The distillers switch production to clear liquors, which still gets you just as sloshed as the brown stuff, and the ban accomplishes almost nothing except pissing off whiskey drinkers, the vast majority of whom aren’t problem drinkers and don’t drive intoxicated. The temperance people cry foul, scream “loophole,” and demand clear liquors be banned too, hoping that those absinthe drinkers over there won’t really care if the vodka drinkers get it. The temperance movement makes repeated public assurances that absinthe aficionados should fear not, since they have no intention of targeting green drink, and they’ve always assured beer drinkers they are fine with yellow drink, though in the past they tried to ban beer with more than 3% alcohol.

That’s essentially what this all looks like to those of us, using the analogy, who might be whiskey enthusiasts, but who aren’t alcoholics and don’t drive drunk. We tolerate a lot of social harm in this context because most people drink. There’s an understanding that prohibition wasn’t all that successful, and that it’s not right to punish people as a whole because some misuse it. Transfer that to the gun context, and suddenly prohibition is workable, and it’s fine to blame and punish millions of gun owners and shooters for the actions of people who misuse them.

Keith Milligan
Legislative Chair, FTRPA

Brian Fitzpatrick Votes Against Reciprocity

Apparently our Republican Congressman here in Bucks County is just fine with honest gun owners getting arrested in New Jersey and New York. Needless to say, we are very disappointed in his vote on H.R. 38 and will be looking to see whether NRA backs a primary challenger next election.

Legislative Alert – H.R. 38 Up for House Vote

It is very important we put pressure on Brian Fitzpatrick to vote “yes” on H.R. 38, the National Reciprocity bill, which would force any state which issues licenses to carry firearms to recognize the licenses of any other state. As the bill is currently worded it would remarkably allow a New Jersey resident with a permit from states like Florida, Utah, or New Hampshire to legally carry in New Jersey. This bill will be voted on by the full House on Wednesday. To reiterate what NRA is asking, “Please IMMEDIATELY contact Brian Fitzpatrick at (202) 225-4276 and via email, and urge him to vote for H.R. 38!”
You all might remember the Shaneen Allen case from a few years ago. What happened to her is unfortunately not an isolated incident. While there’s no doubt in my mind H.R. 38 will be litigated through the federal courts, since just after the Civil War the federal government has had a constitutionally authorized role to play in protecting the civil rights of Americans. If we prevail on this, and we should, people like Ms. Allen will have the law on their side, and no longer have to depend on the mercy of politicians to get justice. That will be a good thing for all of us.

Defeating Murphy in New Jersey

By Scott L. Bach, of ANJRPC-PAC

If there’s one thing that defines New Jersey gun owners, it’s the courage and tenacity to repeatedly face the “David and Goliath” battles and win against impossible odds, when most everyone else would have given up.

The upcoming Governor’s race on November 7 will be the ultimate test of our mettle. Anti-gun Wall Street mega-millionaire Phil Murphy, an unknown who came out of left field, bullied and bought his way to the Democratic nomination. He cleared the field of serious, well-established candidates by creating the illusion that his anointing was inevitable. Democratic party leaders and candidates folded like a house of cards under that hallucination, abandoning years of planning and posturing, and handing Murphy the nomination without a real fight. The illusion became a self-fulfilling prophecy in the primary.

Now Murphy is trying to pull off that same magic trick in the general election – collapse his opposition with the mere illusion that his victory is inevitable and unstoppable. But his election is not inevitable, and he is not unstoppable. There are one million gun owners and sportsmen in New Jersey. If every one of us votes against Murphy, he loses. If every one of us also gets friends and family to vote against Murphy, he loses big.

The upcoming election will hinge on what we as a community do in the face of what looks like an impossible fight. If we swallow the propaganda and it shuts us down from taking the actions necessary to defeat Murphy, then we hand him his self-fulfilling prophecy, and gun owners reap the whirlwind. But if we remain steadfast in the face of overwhelming odds, if we unfailingly take the actions necessary to win despite the predictions of pollsters and pundits, and if we remember that we are fighting for the precious gift of Freedom, which comes from Above, then we surely can and will win.

Right now NRA and ANJRPC are organizing one of the most important grassroots efforts in New Jersey history, with personnel currently on the ground to help get out the vote statewide and in targeted races. But our real strength comes from members and volunteers like you. We are putting out the call for you to stand and fight with us, to help New Jersey gun owners once again stand strong in the face of impossible odds and make the key difference, and to pursue victory like our freedom depends on it – because it does. Answer that call today by contacting NRA-ILA Grassroots Field Coordinator Christian Ragosta at 703-638-8527 or christian@nrailafrontlines.com and find out how you can help.

Please watch for upcoming critical email alerts highlighting key legislative races, candidate ratings & endorsements, and other crucial information leading up to November 7.

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