GOC’s ELECTION EYE: Where the POLITICAL Rubber Meets the Road
It’s no surprise that the 2nd Amendment faces a nasty and persistent enemy – particularly these days when anti-gun hysteria has reached such an epic, fevered pitch. But being the scrappers that pro-gunners are, we aren’t afraid to fully engage in the brawl – no matter how ugly the other side makes it . We have to be careful, though, not to become so single-focused that we fail to see the big picture.
Unfortunately, this happens a lot when it comes to protecting our gun rights – the “big picture” is just too darn big. It’s easier to focus on parts of an issue rather than the whole, but this just limits our overall effectiveness. GOC has taken heat in the past for being so heavily involved in the political end of things – but this is the biggest part of the picture. And in case you missed the memo, the opposition isn’t sitting on their hands: they are registering significant numbers of new, leftist voters. We cannot let this go unchallenged.
This is nothing short of a war, and we must collectively start thinking of it that way. It’s reckless to enter any sort of hostile conflict with a narrow plan – to be successful it takes a calculated and expansive approach. Does anyone really think that our military in Afghanistan isn’t fully aware of what’s happening in the border nations of Iran and Pakistan? Of course not – to do otherwise could result in a loss of human life and devastate the security of the free world. We must do the same when it comes to protecting our Constitutional rights. The practical application means we must be engaged at all levels.
A former legislator once said – who just so happened to be pro gun: I hate policy – but I love politics.
This guy missed the big picture by a continent. Power and the proverbial butt-kissing isn’t the only thing that drives politics – policy does. If a politician wants to put additional restrictions on you owning a gun, this is called POLICY. The heat – or support a politician/elected official gets from running with such policy is called POLITICS.
The bottom lines is that if an elected official supports an anti-gun policy, they have to go. If someone supports a pro-gun policy, we have to work overtime to elect them and keep them in office. That’s the name of the game, and why GOC continues our 40-plus year tradition of being heavily engaged in the elections.
Politics can be ugly and we understand why so many want to tune out. Just understand, though, that unplugging comes with a price that none of us want to pay. We want you armed and informed so when the time comes, you know all about your local and statewide candidates.
That’s why it’s so important to keep up with GOC’s Election Eye – if you value your gun rights, that is. The Secretary of State is releasing their official list of certified candidates tomorrow – and we are ready to verify who stands with us – and who stands against us. We’ve even made some elected folks unhappy with our new grading system (read more here) – we are no longer giving an A for simply voting right – we need people to stand up and be willing to speak for us! We aim to shine a light on the good, the bad and the ugly as 2018 races heat up – in California and across the nation.