Explore The NRA Universe Of Websites

APPEARS IN News

Continue the March to Victory

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Continue the March to Victory

Incredibly, 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 McDonaldcases, striking down Washington, D.C.’s, and Chicago’s handgun bans 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 Stonemagazine 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 Stonedoesn’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 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.

IN THIS ARTICLE
Chris W. Cox
Chris W. Cox

BY Chris W. Cox

NRA-ILA Executive Director

Follow This Contributor

Chris W. Cox has served as the executive director of the Institute for Legislative Action, the political and lobbying arm of NRA, since 2002. As NRA’s principal political strategist, Cox oversees eight NRA-ILA divisions: Federal Affairs; State & Local Affairs; Public Affairs; Grassroots; Finance; Research & Information; Conservation, Wildlife & Natural Resources; and Office of Legislative Counsel. Cox also serves as chairman of NRA’s Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF), the Association’s political action committee; president of the NRA Freedom Action Foundation (NRA-FAF), which focuses on non-partisan voter registration and citizen education; and chairman of NRA Country, an effort to bring country music artists together with NRA members in support of our Second Amendment freedoms and hunting heritage.

TRENDING NOW
UK Officials Continue to Push Knife/Gun/Cleaning Products Control

News  

Friday, April 13, 2018

UK Officials Continue to Push Knife/Gun/Cleaning Products Control

The UK’s descent into absurdity continued this week as officials announced new efforts to crack down on knives and other potentially dangerous objects. The renewed interest in banning sharp objects stems from a recent spate of killings in London. ...

Illinois: Committee Passes Bill to Allow Local Infringement of Second Amendment

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Illinois: Committee Passes Bill to Allow Local Infringement of Second Amendment

The Illinois state Senate could vote on legislation to allow localities to infringe upon Second Amendment rights as early as today.  Senate Bill 2314 was moved to third reading after it had passed the Senate ...

Unfriendly Skies: Delta CEO Claims Bashing NRA Members is Good Business

News  

Friday, April 13, 2018

Unfriendly Skies: Delta CEO Claims Bashing NRA Members is Good Business

In the wake of the Parkland, Florida, murders, there has been an unusual amount of anti-gun and anti-NRA commentary by private corporations with plenty of problems of their own.   In February, Delta announced it was ending a ...

Pennsylvania: Semi-Auto Ban Legislation to be Introduced

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Pennsylvania: Semi-Auto Ban Legislation to be Introduced

This week, Senator Wayne Fontana (D-Allegheny) started circulating a co-sponsorship memorandum soliciting members of the Pennsylvania state Senate to support a proposal to ban commonly owned semi-automatic firearms and standard capacity magazines in Pennsylvania.  Please ...

Illinois: Committees to Hear Gun Control

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Illinois: Committees to Hear Gun Control

Today, the Illinois state House Judiciary-Criminal Committee will be considering a floor amendment that was added to House Bill 1470 to ration the exercise of Second Amendment rights. In addition, the state Senate Judiciary Committee will consider bills that would ...

The Opposite of Data-Driven Public Policy

News  

Friday, April 13, 2018

The Opposite of Data-Driven Public Policy

The Governor of Vermont, Phil Scott, signed gun control measures earlier this week – adding restrictive new laws including age restrictions on firearms purchases, bans on “high-capacity” (read: standard capacity) magazines, bans on bump stocks, and ...

Bailed-out Banks Launch Coordinated Attack on Law-abiding Gun Owners

News  

Friday, April 13, 2018

Bailed-out Banks Launch Coordinated Attack on Law-abiding Gun Owners

There is growing evidence that some of America’s financial elite want to create a world in which America’s public policy decisions emanate from corporate boardrooms in Manhattan rather than from citizens and their elected officials.  ...

Trial Judge Mocks the Late Justice Scalia While Upholding Expansive Gun Ban

Second Amendment  

News  

Friday, April 13, 2018

Trial Judge Mocks the Late Justice Scalia While Upholding Expansive Gun Ban

Gun owners have seen many outrageous instances of courts dismissing the importance, if not the very existence, of the individual right to keep and bear arms. But Judge William G. Young of the U.S. District ...

New Jersey: Senate Committee Approves Gun Control Bills

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

New Jersey: Senate Committee Approves Gun Control Bills

On Monday, the Senate Law & Public Safety Committee approved several gun control bills during a hearing that stretched over five hours. 

Washington: Seattle to Consider Legislation to Make Firearms Unavailable for Self-Defense

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Washington: Seattle to Consider Legislation to Make Firearms Unavailable for Self-Defense

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan and Councilmember M. Lorena González have announced their intention to introduce legislation to impose a one-size-fits-all method of storing firearms as well as punishing victims of theft by requiring reporting of lost or ...

MORE TRENDING +
LESS TRENDING -
NRA ILA

Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.