CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb warned Democrats weeks ago that gun owners will remember their impeachment votes in 2020. (Dave Workman)
Forty-eight days after the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms issued a stern warning to impeachment ideologues in the U.S. House that gun owners would remember this episode in 2020, Democrats with a couple of significant defections voted to impeach President Donald Trump.
Immediately following the partisan vote, social media lit up with angry rhetoric from gun owners, among whom were activists reminding them to make sure they are registered to vote, and then actually vote next November. Gun owners are historically lethargic when it comes to voting, which many blame for the situation in Virginia, where anti-gun Democrats have captured the General Assembly in Richmond, and in Washington and Oregon, where Democrats control legislatures in Salem and Olympia.
Here’s what CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb said back on Nov. 1:
“The same people pushing impeachment have been staunch allies of the gun prohibition lobby. Anti-gunners have been horrified since Day One of Donald Trump’s presidency that he was actually determined to rein in the activist federal court system by nominating judges who understand there are ten amendments in the Bill of Rights, and that the Second Amendment really means what it says.
“More than eleven years after the landmark 2008 Heller ruling and more than nine years after the 2010 McDonald decision,” he continued, “some courts still act as though neither of those Supreme Court rulings existed. But the president has been filling court vacancies with solid, intelligent jurists who understand the difference between regulated privileges and constitutionally-enumerated, fundamental rights. Capitol Hill anti-gunners and their gun prohibitionist friends can’t stand it, and they’re using the impeachment crusade as a smoke screen to distract the Senate from doing its duty.
“This isn’t about impeaching the president,” Gottlieb stated. “This is about impeaching our Second Amendment rights. I guarantee that American gun owners are going to remember this in 2020.”
Last week, Gottlieb doubled down.
“Whatever else House Democrats are doing,” he said, “it remains clear to us that they want to obstruct the president’s progress on restoring the courts with judges who understand and adhere to the Constitution. Congressman Nadler even admitted, perhaps unintentionally, that his party does not want to wait for next year’s elections, essentially taking power away from voters to decide the direction of the country.
“The president’s court appointments have frustrated and infuriated congressional liberals and their gun control supporters,” Gottlieb asserted. “Imagine what the president could do in one more year, much less over the next five years. His appointments will become his greatest legacy, and make the Second Amendment great again.”
One troubling revelation to emerge from the signature-gathering effort to certify Initiative 1094, which would repeal gun control Initiative 1639, is the number of people who couldn’t sign because they are not registered to vote. They may have a blustery presence on social media, but when it comes to fulfilling their responsibility as citizens, they’re absent.
That may change next year, for a couple of reasons. Anti-gunners have made it clear they want Trump out and someone like Michael Bloomberg in. Second Amendment activists realize Trump’s most important legacy will be how his appointments are re-shaping the federal courts and U.S. Supreme Court with judges and justices who recognize keeping and bearing arms is a right protected by the amendment, not a privilege granted by the government.
Backers of I-1094 have until Dec. 28 to gather some 320,000 signatures on their petition, which is available at some 250 gun stores and businesses around the state. They are unfunded, there are no paid signature gatherers and they are seeing people outside of places like Bass Pro Shop and Cabela’s making excuses for not signing, or simply walking past as though signature gatherers were invisible.
The impeachment vote, Virginia, and renewed threats of more gun control may jar these keyboard patriots into action. As a unified voting bloc, they would be formidable.