I just finished reading the below listed article and watching the video...
Even before I reached the last line my heart sank. We will loose the battle to preserve the Second Amendment. We have already lost. Any chance we had of reaching common sense legislation has gone out the window.
Due to acts of treason from amongst our own ranks!
1. the offense of acting to overthrow one's government or to harm or kill its sovereign.
2. a violation of allegiance to one's sovereign or to one's state.
3. the betrayal of a trust or confidence; breach of faith; treachery.
1175–1225; Middle English tre ( i ) so ( u ) n < Anglo-French; Old French traïson < Latin trāditiōn- (stem of trāditiō ) a handing over, betrayal. See tradition
Related forms su·per·trea·son, noun
1. T reason , sedition mean disloyalty or treachery to one's country or its government. T reason is any attempt to overthrow the government or impair the well-being of a state to which one owes allegiance; the crime of giving aid or comfort to the enemies of one's government. S edition is any act, writing, speech, etc., directed unlawfully against state authority, the government, or constitution, or calculated to bring it into contempt or to incite others to hostility, ill will or disaffection; it does not amount to treason and therefore is not a capital offense. 2. See disloyalty.
In previous articles I've tried to educate people on the vast difference between gun enthusiast and gun nuts. I and every gun enthusiast I know actually support legislation that would work to keep guns out of the wrong hands, while having only the most limited effects on those of us who work hard to be safe, responsible, law abiding gun owners. We do not buy in to the NRA campaign of paranoia trying to convince their members that NATO is, as we speak, putting troops in place to storm our homes. We most certainly would never heckle a man who'd lost his child to gun violence. We are simply adults who take the right and responsibility of owning our guns very seriously. We enjoy shooting, and we employ our firearms for many purposes other than killing human beings. Those of us who own assault rifles, myself included, understand the fact that they do have uses other than killing human beings. Any one of us would welcome solid and enforceable laws that would be guaranteed to help vastly diminish the number of senseless tragedies such as occurred in Newtown, because not a single one of us did not also feel the pain this nation has over the deaths of those poor students, those brave teachers.
On the other end of that spectrum is the gun nut (there are also anti-gun nuts, but that could be an entirely different article). If you watch rallies on television or read comment threads attached to news articles you might well believe that these propaganda screaming, abusive, single minded lunatics were the majority. They only seem so because they are like the proverbial very squeaky wheel. They share commonalities with the above mentioned anti-gun nuts in that they like to puff themselves up and prattle on with completely inaccurate "facts" and "statistics" they've gleaned from unreliable internet sources and, of course, the NRA. Then both "nuts" will resort to streams of profanity and third grade level name calling any time you introduce irrefutable and contrary research. "Nuts" on either side of the argument most often resort to short, terse responses of monosyllabic disagreement (the typed form of dismissive grunts and eye rolls) if you make even a vague attempt at explaining possible methods of workable compromise. In the eyes of either "nut" only they can be right, and anyone who disagrees is either a sheep or a killer. Based on the many people I know personally who own all sorts of guns and are on my list of enthusiasts we are the majority. I can understand if you doubt me. The only way to prove this would be for us to become as obnoxious and annoyingly vocal as they are. Part of our downfall will be that we are above that.
In most instances there are multiple parties to a treason. As in the exchange of top secret information, there must be at least two parties. The gun nuts did not coin those nifty, bumper sticker worthy slogans they love to shout or type in all capital letters. "Guns Don't Kill People, People Kill People!" and "You Can Have My Gun When You Pry It From My Cold, Dead Fingers!" were poetic pearls of wisdom drilled in to us from the Good Ole' Boys at the NRA. We gun enthusiasts believe that the NRA is such a detriment to our cause they may as well be on the payroll of the Brady Campaign. We are watching any opportunity to make real and effective change be flushed down the toilet and men like Wayne Lapierre are doing the flushing. Like me, almost every gun owner I know dropped their NRA membership years ago.
The more the gun nuts ramble on about government forces imposing martial law, gun owners being locked up as subversives or terrorists, and this supposed grand scheme the President has for crowning himself king and eliminating any chance of rebellion, the more the general public believes in the necessity of taking guns out of civilian hands. They are making us all sound like lunatics that stay up all night, every night counting bullets, digging bunkers and escape tunnels, and inventing prearranged signals for the start of CWII (Civil War II). If I were in the middle and trying to make an educated decision on the issue I know what conclusion I would have to reach.
So, my fellow gun enthusiasts, enjoy our sport while you can. We can not win. We have banked on using the attributes that will make it impossible to convince anyone we want a compromise that would help matters. Intelligence. Wisdom. Common sense. Rationality. Open mindedness. Civility.
It's a truly sad day when these traits are called a liability.