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By Jason Ouimet
Executive Director,
NRA-ILA
RECLAIMING
OUR RIGHTS
Requires Retaking
The House In 2022
W
ith the Biden Administration and
an anti-gun Congress wielding
power in Washington, D.C., our
Second Amendment rights have
been under unprecedented
assault. Hostile legislation is moving on Capitol
Hill. Anti-gun activists are being nominated and
appointed to key government posts. The Biden
White House is taking whatever unilateral actions
against the gun industry and individual gun
owners it can. And the leading funders of antigun
activism and the AstroTurf organizations that
do their bidding are openly collaborating with the
government on anti-gun initiatives.
The battles have never been tougher, and
the stakes have never been higher. Firearm
prohibitionists don't just want to enact
" commonsense gun safety legislation " (their
euphemism for confiscatory bans), they want to
silence the opposition. They want to
cripple the industries that serve
individual gun owners.
They want to portray firearm ownership as a publichealth
crisis that demands a system-wide response
to " cure. " They want to import international guncontrol
norms-including those of authoritarian
dictatorships-to the United States. And,
ultimately, they want to overturn the fundamental
constitutional right to keep and bear arms and
make possessing a firearm, for any reason, a
criminal offense that will land you in prison.
Reclaiming our rights and beating back this
tide will not be easy. But failure is not an option.
The first step in this campaign must be retaking
the U.S. House of Representatives in next year's
crucial midterm elections.
While the House of Representatives is
commonly referred to as the " lower " chamber
of Congress, I prefer the nickname the " Peoples'
House. " It has 435 voting members (versus
100 in the U.S. Senate), that are apportioned
in districts within the U.S. states according to
their populations, as established by the census.
Members face election every two years (versus
ever six years for senators).
Because they often represent districts that
are not entire states, House members are
generally more responsive to variations in political
sentiment within a given state. This is especially
relevant to firearm policy, as even the most antigun
states typically have districts where the local
population is strongly pro-gun. This applies, for
example, to California, Illinois, Maryland,
Massachusetts, New Jersey and
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