The left, the media and the Obama Administration – pardon the redundancy – have done their level best this past month to resurrect the spectre of gun control aimed at the law-abiding civilian.
According to more and more polls, they’ve failed:
A recent Rasmussen Reports poll found that 54 percent of American adults would feel safer if their child’s school had an armed security guard.
And it seems Wayne LaPierre’s speech has exposed a vein of tough-minded pragmatism afoot in the country:
The same poll found that among parents of school-aged children, support for armed guards is even higher. Sixty two percent of such parents would feel safer with an armed security guard at the school, while 22 percent would feel safer if their child attended a gun-free school.
And some bi-partisan common sense:
And even as the gun banners seek to blame and attack NRA for the actions of a killer, Gallup’s poll reveals that NRA still has a 54 percent favorable rating among Americans. It is worth noting that, as of January 3rd, the Real Clear Politics average of President Obama’s approval rating is slightly lower, at 53.4 percent.
This is a big lesson for Second Amendment people; don’t panic. And stay active. It’s because of a generation’s worth of relentless activism that we’ve taught Americans – real Americans , anyway – the truth about this issue. America has grown up over the past forty years – from being led around on the issue by the in-the-bag media, to having independent thought and reasoning.
And there’s a lesson there for conservatives, the Tea Party and the GOP; people can learn the truth, and truth and reason can outflank the media. But it takes time, determination, money, patience and courage.
The Second Amendment movement and all its component parts – and the NRA is the biggest single component, but by no means the only important one – has grown into the most successful grass-roots political efforts over the long term since the Abolition movement. And it’s gotten there by relentless effort, and by realizing the battle is a marathon, not a sprint. The rest of conservative America needs to remember that.
The orcs will never waste a crisis; there’ll be other atrocities, and the left will exploit them. Now is no time for complacency.
But panic is equally out of place.
 And yes, a “Real American”, in the context of this article, is an American that believes and practices the original intent of the Second Amendment. You don’t have to own a gun to be a Real American – but those who attack the civil rights (including the right to keep and bear arms) of the law-abiding American are, in fact, not.