USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- Predictions. Oh, they can get you in trouble, for sure, especially if you’re wrong when you make them and it comes back to bite you weeks, months or even years later. That’s what I love about them though and why I like making them from time to time.
Here are a few predictions for you from the mind of some guy who talks on the radio six out of seven days every week, for what will be ten years on April 26th, and for whatever it’s worth.
I’ll start with the Remington suit in Connecticut. This suit claims that Remington, by its advertising, is responsible for the murders of 26 people. Now, think about this for a moment. We are to believe that somehow an ad in a magazine somewhere, released one of the Seven Princes of Hell in the form of some little bastard loser who, because of the ad he saw, would go on to commit one of the worst crimes in American history? A loser who, after murdering his mother by blowing her face off, then pulled out the magazine ad of the Bushmaster XM-15 and searched his freshly dead mother’s safe for that gun so he could then murder 26 others, you know, as the ad told him too.
Nope. Not going anywhere. Remington will prevail in this ridiculous suit designed by the gun prohibitionist lobby to do one thing and one thing only, bankrupt a company whose products they don’t like, as part of their bigger strategy of civilian disarmament. While Remington may lose a round or two along the way, they will prevail in the long run. Unfortunately, in the process, the gun ban whackos will have depleted a ton of their financial resources along the way. Remington wins.
Bump Stock Bans
Let’s move to bump stocks. For those of you who read these pages, you’re already aware that this isn’t about bump stocks. No, it’s about much more than some inert piece of plastic with no moving parts. It’s about a bureaucratic arm of the federal government wielding (apparently) the incredible power to change a definition that, in turn, changes a “rule” that when enacted, flips hundreds of thousands of good, law-abiding American citizens into federal felons literally between 11:59 pm one night and 12:00 am the next morning, myself included. Well, it would have involved me but, alas, my mom doesn’t want me to talk about it.
We all know, (and so does any intellectually honest, clear thinking person – which does not include the gun ban crowd) that we can’t just change definitions to fit our agenda by making shit up out of thin air to reach the desired conclusion. That is, until now. Of course, some cases are working their way through the judicial system that common sense dictates, should prevail. Unfortunately, they won’t. Ouch, I know. Truth be told, while we all know what the ATF and DOJ did was wrong, they’re going to win. Why? Because this isn’t a case about the Second Amendment. Combine that with the fact that a vast majority of American’s are sheep and there’s your answer. Too many Americans believe everything the legacy (dying) media tells them, and frankly, there just isn’t an appetite for protecting bump stocks, even though we all know, it ain’t about the bump stock.
Oh, I would be remiss if I failed to mention this statement issued by the NRA shortly after the Vegas murders regarding said bump stocks:
“In the aftermath of the evil and senseless attack in Las Vegas, the American people are looking for answers as to how future tragedies can be prevented. Unfortunately, the first response from some politicians has been to call for more gun control. Banning guns from law-abiding Americans based on the criminal act of a madman will do nothing to prevent future attacks. This is a fact that has been proven time and again in countries across the world. In Las Vegas, reports indicate that certain devices were used to modify the firearms involved. Despite the fact that the Obama administration approved the sale of bump fire stocks on at least two occasions, the National Rifle Association is calling on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) to immediately review whether these devices comply with federal law. The NRA believes that devices designed to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully-automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations. In an increasingly dangerous world, the NRA remains focused on our mission: strengthening Americans’ Second Amendment freedom to defend themselves, their families and their communities. To that end, on behalf of our five million members across the country, we urge Congress to pass National Right-to-Carry reciprocity, which will allow law-abiding Americans to defend themselves and their families from acts of violence.”
In my humble opinion, this statement green-lighted the process that has now resulted in an estimated half a million new American federal felons. In December 2018, the NRA made a lame attempt to walk it back telling us this was a better option than a potential “legislative over-reaction.” Honestly, their walk back statement was a pretty pathetic reach for some plausible deniability. Sorry guys, too little too late.
Yes, the mighty NRA is capable of making mistakes, and in this case, they *% blew it. See, the strategy here is for people like me to just stop talking about it and, as I mentioned since nobody cares about bump stocks anyway, it’ll all just go away – eventually. Except for people like me, it won’t all just go away because the ATF has just opened the door for a future gun-hating president to use the current rule, or just change it again, to come after all of my semi-automatic firearms in the future, or now if they decide. The truth hurts, doesn’t it?
Here comes the big one. The election in 2020. Far too early to tell because 18 months in politics is 200 gazillion light years in geologic time, but here goes anyway. The Socialists are now running the party formerly known as Democrats, but when it comes to crunch time, and if they’re smart, I believe the eventual nominee will be far more to the center than the current crop of lefty lunatics. If they do so, the race will be scary tight. If not, Trump landslides with historical margins.
So those are my predictions, now you can hold me to them. I’ll see ya on these pages and on the radio!
About Mark Walters
Mark Walters is the host of two nationally syndicated radio broadcasts, Armed American Radio and Armed American Radio’s Daily Defense with Mark Walters. He is the Second Amendment Foundations 2015 Gun Rights Defender of the Year award recipient and co-author of two books, Lessons from Armed America with Kathy Jackson (Whitefeather Press) and Lessons from UnArmed America with Rob Pincus (Whitefeather Press)