Gun Owner Voter Turnout Likely To Be Massive

Gun Owner Voter Turnout Likely To Be Massive

For Republicans who have come to depend on the stalwart support of a highly mobilized National Rifle Association, nearly daily reports of the organization’s leadership struggles followed by the New York Attorney General's filings to dissolve the organization over charges of systemic corruption could not have come at a worse time. It's the latest in a series of random calamities that have befallen an otherwise roaring presidency as we stand just over two months away from an election that offers a contrast as stark as any we’ve seen since Reagan versus Carter. 

 

Without COVID-19 dominating the world’s consciousness and daily news cycles, the implosion of the NRA at a time when the President and congressional Republicans needed them most would surely be one of the biggest scandals of the year—perhaps the decade. It’s the kind of right-wing dysfunction that gets Hollywood salivating almost as much as philandering religious figures. With the release of a new book purportedly documenting the dirt on the NRA, can the sequel to Bombshell be far away?

 

But what if none of this matters come election day? What if the NRA as a lobby organization was never really as important as the members who supported it...all five million of them? Could it be that millions of gun owners mostly wanted others to know how much the right to keep and bear arms meant to them and purchasing an NRA membership was simply the most obvious and expedient vehicle to express that belief?

Democrats are giddy at the notion that the NRA—spending much of its money on mounting legal fees and under gunned for the coming political fight—might be largely irrelevant this election cycle. What they are grossly miscalculating, however, is the resolve of gun owners  who comprise perhaps the nation’s largest voting bloc. Gun owners see the President as a steadfast ally. Conversely, they tend to see Democrats the way ship captains view icebergs. Senator Biden famously said, if elected, he’d turn gun confiscation duties over to Beto O’Rourke, in an exchange that did far more to motivate gun owners than anything the NRA could have concocted in their war room.

Somewhere in the halls of the Trump campaign there will surely emerge ads celebrating the Biden-O’Rourke epiphany on guns. Those ads will play well in places like Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania and North Carolina—not so coincidentally all battleground states. Despite Biden’s current lead in the polls, don’t be surprised if the Democrat’s miscalculation on the issue turns this election into their Dewey versus Truman moment, for gun owners seldom forget—and there are 150 million of them, far more than have ever belonged to the NRA.

 

While Democrats continually look to drive a wedge between those who use sporting firearms and those who own so-called assault weapons, Dems are forever incapable of defining the mechanical difference between the two…mostly because there isn’t much. In a survey of likely voters in 18 battleground states, the National Shooting Sports Foundation found that a majority do not support a ban on semi-automatic firearms.

 

With our cities on fire and people fleeing urban centers in droves, Democrat mayors and Governors seem all but paralyzed to confront the mob that has become the face of the party, which is perceived by many as an omen of events to come should Biden win in November. Residents are witnessing their neighborhoods, favorite restaurants and shops burn while their mayors and city councils call to defund the police as if the way to security is surrender, their new mantra being peace through weakness. Democrats have left many of their residents—and voters—with the untenable choice of either fleeing or sheltering in place to face the mob without the protection of law enforcement...or guns, because law-abiding citizens aren’t allowed to carry them in many of our largest cities. Their message to the citizenry is unmistakable—you're on your own

That has led to exponential gun sales and trying to count the number of firearms now in circulation—some say more than 400 million but others suspect that figure to be far higher—has become like calculating the national debt. More than 10 million guns were sold in the first half of this year alone with over 20 percent going to women, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation. Some 5 million of those gun purchases were by first-time buyers. If you needed proof that fear is gripping America, there it is.

We've all seen the images of Adam Haner, the Portland truck driver who was pummeled unconscious when he wound up in the midst of an angry mob. The scene brought back memories of Reginald Denny who was beaten nearly to death on live TV as the world watched in horror during the 1992 Los Angeles riots. Such images sear into the American consciousness as people everywhere are asking the same fundamental question, why is this being allowed to happen? The upshot is that a growing number of people are refusing to be victims of bad public policy, vowing to never be one of those images on the nightly news. For millions of Americans, that means buying a gun…or several.

Rather than condemning violence in general—like rioting and looting, arson and public beatings—Democrats choose instead to focus on gun violence and offer solutions that have yet to work…anywhere. Their perpetual drumbeat is to pass more laws which mean little to people who don't obey them in the first place. Baltimore, New York, Chicago and many other of our largest cities all have some of the most restrictive gun laws in the country and yet they suffer the highest violent crime rates. This isn't news but the brazen and unprecedented disregard for public safety by Democrat leaders is the top of the fold headline heading into election day. 

That's why nearly half the country is now armed according to Gallup. A common refrain among personal defense experts used to be that the police are only minutes away when seconds count. Now, however, the police may never come as dialing 9-1-1, in some cities, has become little more than a scream in the wilderness. Americans are watching random acts of violence spread across the country and they simply want out—of the cities and perhaps the Democrat party that seems incapable of grasping the reality that has befallen our urban centers.

Regardless of whether the NRA is sidelined come November, America’s gun owners who may never answer a survey or poll question about their political beliefs, know what’s at stake and you can count on their voices being heard in the voting booth.

Don’t be surprised if those voices turn to a roar.

By Chris Dorsey

Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/chrisdorsey/2020/08/25/despite-nra-woes-gun...