Last week, Donald Trump took the stage at the annual NRA Leadership Forum, becoming the first president since Ronald Reagan to speak to the powerful gun-rights group. In his speech, Trump said that the Obama days of chipping away at Americans’ right to bear arms had come to an end with his presidency.
“I am here to deliver you good news,” Trump said. “The eight-year assault on your Second Amendment freedoms has come to a crashing end.”
Trump, who won an endorsement from the NRA before the Republican primaries were finished last year, said that he would “never, ever infringe on the rights of people to keep and bear arms.”
“You have a true friend and champion in the White House. No longer will federal agencies be coming after law-abiding gun owners,” Trump said. “No longer will the government be trying to undermine your rights and your freedoms as Americans. Instead, we will work with you, by your side.”
But Trump warned that just because there was finally a president with some basic respect for the Constitution, the fight against liberal tyranny was far from over.
“We can’t be complacent,” Trump said. “These are dangerous times. These are horrible times for certain, obvious reasons. But we are going to make them great times again.”
The Obama days were dark indeed, and liberals still have plenty of financial and social momentum stemming from their efforts over the last eight years. Groups like Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety and its affiliates have succeeded using tactics that bypass Washington and place pressure directly on businesses and local politicians. They are patterning their war on the Second Amendment after the LGBT Mafia’s gay marriage battle, hoping that if they can turn enough cities, states, and corporations their way, the dominoes will eventually fall.
For that reason, it’s not enough that we control the major branches of the federal government. It wouldn’t even be enough if Republicans controlled every governorship and state legislature in the country. Our rights have no greater threat than complacency. There are always – ALWAYS – forces out there that want to strip them away, and they will take advantage of every opportunity they get.
The key: To always be pushing forward.
Bright days are here again for those who cherish the Second Amendment, but we have to keep watching the skies because the clouds could roll in again at any moment.