There are very clear reasons many conservatives are discussing about why red flag gun laws are terrible. Despite the clear Constitutional challenges entailed with confiscating property without due process and preventing law abiding citizens from exercising their 2nd Amendment right, many Republican lawmakers have jumped on the “do something” bandwagon and decided red flag gun laws make sense.
But let’s say they get around the Constitution (it happens all the time, unfortunately). The other big reason many conservatives are crying foul is because the vast majority of shootings, including mass shootings, would not have been prevented had red flag gun laws been in place. And by vast majority, the only reason I can’t say none of the mass shootings in recent years would have been prevented by red flag gun laws is because I haven’t researched them all sufficiently. The ones that have been discussed the most, including the recent mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, require a major stretch to believe red flag gun laws would have had an impact.
The other reason that isn’t being discussed as much in conservative circles is self-protection. No, I’m not talking about our ability to use firearms as self-defense. I mean the self-protection instincts of politicians. This is one of those instances where the best case scenario is supporting red flag gun laws won’t hurt them that much. The most likely scenario is that support for red flag gun laws will take a passionate conservative voter base and make us lukewarm.
It’s hard to imaging many conservatives voting for Democrats in 2020 even if Republicans support gun control. The GOP may be disappointing on this issue, but Democrats have turned utterly insane when it comes to gun owners’ rights. They want the guns. All of them. And unfortunately, this realization that conservative GOP voters aren’t going to jump to the other side is one of the reasons many lawmakers are willing to take this step to the left regarding the 2nd Amendment, even if it abandons their base.
But what they’re not calculating is passion. When conservatives are excited about what Republicans are doing, the passion is evident. Crowds at events are larger. Social media buzz is louder. And most importantly, Republican fundraising goes up. But just because we’re not going to vote Democrat doesn’t mean we won’t pull or reduce support from Republicans. There are many conservatives, perhaps millions, who would never donate money to elect people who are imposing more government control over our firearms. Betraying the 2nd Amendment over calls to “do something” is a betrayal that will drain the energy from the base.
This is especially true when we consider there are actual solutions available that would be more effective and wouldn’t alienate the conservative base.
I broke it down simply in a Tweet.
The GOP knows conservatives won't vote Democrat, but they need more than just our votes. They need buzz, passion, and money. My support goes from hot to lukewarm as red flag gun laws get Republican backing.
— JD Rucker (@JDRucker) August 13, 2019
Conservative votes may not change, but our support is necessary if the GOP hopes to have the buzz and funds to capture Independent voters. Red flag gun laws are a step towards government oppression. The GOP must abandon such notions.
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Will America-First News Outlets Make it to 2023?
Things are looking grim for conservative and populist news sites.
There’s something happening behind the scenes at several popular conservative news outlets. 2021 was bad, but 2022 is proving to be disastrous for news sites that aren’t “playing ball” with the corporate media narrative. It’s being said that advertisers are cracking down, forcing some of the biggest ad networks like Google and Yahoo to pull their inventory from conservative outlets. This has had two major effects. First, it has cooled most conservative outlets from discussing “taboo” topics like Pandemic Panic Theater, voter fraud, or The Great Reset. Second, it has isolated those ad networks that aren’t playing ball.
Certain topics are anathema for most ad networks. Speaking out against vaccines or vaccine mandates is a certain path to being demonetized. Highlighting voter fraud in the 2020 and future elections is another instant advertising death penalty. Throw in truthful stories about climate change hysteria, Critical Race Theory, and the border crisis and it’s easy to understand how difficult it is for America-First news outlets to spread the facts, share conservative opinions, and still pay the bills.
Without naming names, I have been told of several news outlets who have been forced to either consolidate with larger organizations or who have backed down on covering certain topics out of fear of being “canceled” by the ad networks. I get it. This is a business for many of us and it’s not very profitable. Those of us who do this for a living are often barely squeaking by, so loss of additional revenue can often mean being forced to make cuts. That means not being able to cover the topics properly. Its a Catch-22: Tell the truth and lose the money necessary to keep telling the truth, or avoid the truth and make enough money to survive. Those who have chosen survival simply aren’t able to spread the truth properly.
We will never avoid the truth. The Lord will provide if it is His will. Our job is simply to share the facts, spread the Gospel, and educate as many Americans as possible while exposing the forces of evil.
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