By Mark Kenyon

Before anything on this topic is discussed, I want to state first that our thoughts and prayers are with all of those affected by the horrible, horrible tragedy in Connecticut last week. I personally wish nothing would need to be discussed at this time other than how we can lift up and support those that have lost loved ones. This should be a time for mourning, for support, for prayer. But unfortunately in today’s world, those sentiments don’t last too long. Eventually the blame game begins.

I hate that the reaction to this awful event, instead of being focused on supporting those that have been affected, has instead turned into a politically motivated land grab for our 2nd amendment rights, but it has. And I can no longer stay quiet.

– The Second Amendment – 

A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

Let’s make sure this is clear. The constitution explicitly states; The right of the people to keep and bear arms, SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED.

This is in our constitution. The very foundation of our country has been built on this document. But here we are, living in a world where the second amendment to this Constitution is in very real danger of destruction.

I’m not one to be over dramatic, and I’m not one to bring politics or the like into what we discuss here on Wired To Hunt. But events have become too dire to ignore. We as hunters, as shooters, as sportsman are under attack. Our way of life is under attack. Our rights are under attack.

Every time I turn on the TV, open a newspaper or pull up a new website I am seeing the same things. “Obama Pledges Action On Guns”. “Gun Control Task Force Created”. “Repeal the 2nd Amendment.” Etc, etc, etc.

I 100% agree that action must be taken to prevent tragedies such as that in Connecticut from happening again, but this is not the answer.

This is an issue of culture, of society, of mental health, of parenting. But for how much longer in this society will people try and point the finger of blame at the tool? McDonalds is not killing people. Alcohol is not killing people. Cars are not killing people. GUNS are not killing people. It is the people, the users, the trigger pullers behind the tool that make the personal decision to use these tools recklessly. It’s time for people to realize that personal responsibility must be taken! We live in a society where seemingly the majority believes that the government should pay for all of our needs, and that instead of taking responsibility for our actions we should blame the companies that built the items we use to seal our fate. But I’m sorry folks, this country needs a wake-up call.

That said, while many efforts to prevent future tragedies will be discussed and debated over the coming weeks and months, that is not what I am here to do today. No, instead today I want to make a call to action.

Never in my lifetime have I seen the anti-gun hysteria reach such a critical mass and many I’ve talked to would agree. Logic and reason have gone out the window, replaced only with ignorance, emotion and fear.

Head over to Google and search for “gun control” or “NRA”, and you will see the most ridiculous, uninformed bullshit you will ever read. These people are out of their minds and unfortunately the madness is building momentum.

We can not wait for that momentum to spill over. Right now the President and his “Task Force” are plotting out exactly how they can restrict, infringe or eliminate our 2nd amendment rights. The media is proliferating as much fear and propoganda as they can. And my Facebook feed is filling up with more ignorance than I can shake a stick at.

Now is not the time is sit and listen, shaking our heads at the madness.

Now is not the time to batten down the hatches and try to weather the storm.

Now is not the time to assume that someone else will stand up for our rights.

No.

Now is the time that WE must stand up for our 2nd amendment rights. Now is the time that YOU must stand up for your second amendment rights.

If you value your right to defend your family or enjoy the times you get to spend in the woods with your deer rifle, now is the time to take action in defending those rights.

Send a letter to your representatives in congress. Stand up for what you know to be right next time you hear ignorant anti-gun “talking points” bantered around in conversation. Educate your children, co-workers and friends on safe firearm practices and merits of responsible gun ownership (here’s a great resource). And by all means, join the NRA! When it comes to preserving our rights as hunters and sportsman to use firearms, there is no greater advocate than the NRA. Join the organization or send in a donation. It’s easy to do. Just click either of the links below:

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Again, our first priority should be sending our love, support, and prayers to those that have been effected by this evil event. But now that the national conversation has changed to an attack on us, the legally armed citizens of the United States, we must stand up and stand together.

Not tomorrow. Not next week. Not next year.

No. The time is now.

Now is the time that we must stand up for our 2nd amendment rights.