As I have said before; sometimes it takes a Pearl Harbor or an Alamo to wake the giant and win the war. Sometimes it takes a Jimmy Carter to wake voters up and give a Ronald Reagan a chance to lead. And sometimes it takes an Assault Weapons ban to get our guys off their butts and into the voting booth.
I’d rather by-pass the devastation of a lost battle and skip right to the victory, but we can’t always get what we want. The important thing is that we don’t concede, and compromise, and settle for a little more restriction for fear of a lot more restriction. That is the great danger. When they come and take something from us, we have a righteous, moral imperative to rise up and take it back. When we compromise and give something away, we surrender that righteous moral imperative and have only whining as our rallying cry. That is why there is no such thing as a “reasonable” gun control law. No such thing as “reasonable” restrictions on our fundamental right to arms. No such thing as “reasonable” compromise to avoid “something worse shoved down our throats.” If they want to shove something down our throats, we must stand firm and not give an inch. If we succeed in beating them back, we are battle hardened and better prepared for the next fight. If we lose, we are energized and reinforced by our brothers, finally awakened from their complacent slumber.