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POLITICAL REPORT
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Chris W. Cox, nra-ila Exec. Director

Continue The
March To Victory

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ncredibly, gun control supporters are still claiming that crime rises as Americans
continue to acquire guns, and that gun violence has grown to "epidemic" proportions.
In reality, just the opposite is true. Since its all-time high in 1980, the nation's
homicide rate has been cut by more than half, to what may be an all-time low, as the
number of guns owned by the American people has more than doubled to an
all-time high.
I know this isn't news to you. I bring up the opposite trends in gun ownership and
violent crime to make the point that they didn't happen overnight. Americans bought
their nearly 200 million additional guns at a rate of several million a year, during a
span of more than 30 years. Over almost as long a period, courts got tougher and law
enforcement agencies got smarter, with both sides keeping the pressure on to help
bring crime down to today's levels.
Some of our most important victories have taken time as well. When nra formed
the Institute for Legislative Action in 1975, only six states, accounting for 6 percent of
the nation's population, had right-to-carry laws. Today, it's 42 states and 74 percent.
Some years we got right-to-carry adopted in one state, sometimes in more than one,
and sometimes none. nra members just kept plugging away until we got the job
done, just as we'll keep plugging away until fair carry laws are in place in all 50 states.
At the same time that those right-to-carry laws were being passed, Don Kates,
Stephen Halbrook and other constitutional scholars were publishing the results of
their research, showing that anti-gun groups, the American Bar Association and a
few 20th-century courts were wrong in claiming that the Second Amendment didn't
protect an individual right. Those scholars' efforts, which began in the late 1980s,
didn't yield immediate results. The Supreme Court's decisions in the Heller and
McDonald cases, striking down handgun bans in Washington, d.c., and Chicago on
the grounds that they infringed a fundamental, individual right to keep and bear
handguns for protection and other lawful purposes, took two decades to achieve.
Gun control supporters, as well, know that some things take time. Last summer,
Rolling Stone magazine said that anti-gunners could "start carrying the day" if they
would "commit to a generation-long battle."
Gun control supporters might want to look elsewhere for advice, however. For
one thing, Rolling Stone doesn't know much about guns. At the same time it told
gun control supporters to adopt a long-term strategy, it laughably claimed that the
"five most dangerous guns in America" were pistols, revolvers, derringers, rifles
and shotguns.
More importantly, though, the evidence continues to mount that gun control

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supporters' near-religious belief in the
inevitability of their eventual victory
borders on fantasy. The louder, more
disingenuous, and more hysterical their
rhetoric has become, the less that the
American people have listened to them.
In December, the Pew Research
Center for the People and the Press
released polling data showing that
support for gun rights has grown since
President Barack Obama, former New
York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg
and Bloomberg's proxies began
their joint campaign for mandatory
background checks on private sales,
trades and gifts of firearms as a step
toward national gun registration. Most
Americans now believe that it's more
important to protect the right to bear
arms than to restrict it, and most believe
that gun ownership does more to
protect people than to put them at risk.
Furthermore, the belief that it's more
important to protect gun rights has
increased among men and women, all
age groups, individuals of all levels of
education, Republicans, Independents,
conservative and moderate Democrats,
parents, non-parents, urbanites,
suburbanites, and rural dwellers; it
decreased only among liberal Democrats.
Very importantly, the belief that it's more
important to protect gun rights has
sharply increased 8 percentage points
among Americans 18-29 years of age,
and the belief that guns help people
protect themselves has nearly doubled
among African-Americans.
All of this tells us that America and
the Second Amendment will have
a bright future, if we keep the faith
and stay on course. Going forward,
we will have significant victories and
occasional setbacks. But with every nra
member committed to the fight, and
with help from above, we will defeat
our opponents and end their desperate
attempt to render the American people
unable to defend their lives and liberty.

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