I listened to Tom Gresham on the Gun Talk podcast and heard him say that he has had many people tell him, "My vote doesn't make a difference." And, I have heard people say that too. There is just one problem with that, and it's a big problem. All the votes add up. If we all took the attitude of "what difference does my vote make?" then we would not be able to get anyone elected on either side.
Most of us have some social media that we check, post, and comment on. How many comments do you see, whether they are positive or negative? That’s what good content creators strive for, comments and interaction. This gives us the ability to partake in the conversation that generations before us never had. If we are interested in a product and looking for some opinions or just some advice, we can leave a comment, and someone may respond. These are good things, helpful even (in most cases).
But what if we took the same interest in the policies proposed by our government that we have in our social media? Pick any issue that is important to you, in this case, Second Amendment issues. The ATF is looking for your comments on "Factoring Criteria for Firearms with Attached “Stabilizing Braces." An estimated 2 million of these are in the public hands, and the reality of it is there is most likely even more than that out there. As of this writing, there are 62,469 comments. Is that the correct amount of words? I want to hope that the people who own "Stabilizing Braces" voice their opinions but have yet to do so. After all, the ATF could make stabilizing braces illegal to own. I don't own one, but you better believe that I commented on my opposition. I know that it is not within the ATF's authority to make law, but when they do, it comes at a very hefty cost to all of us.
There is always the "Monday-morning quarterback" or "keyboard warriors" that always have something to say about how they would have done something differently. I say to those people that if your rights are worth saving and you like to type out your opinion, now is the perfect time to do so. Because if you don't stand for what you say you believe in now, someday it may just be too late.
Your vote does count. You may not think that it does, but if you look at the change in your pocket, they all have the same motto on the back of them, and that is "E Pluribus Unum," and that is Latin for "Out of Many, One." So please come together, please make your opinions heard where it matters the most. Below is a link that will take you to the ATF's site and leave a comment. There is no need for you to worry about being on a list. If you have a heartbeat, you're already on the list. Please speak up now. An ant by itself is harmless, but when there are many, they can level buildings. So, I believe that your one vote does count, and it matters. Below is the link to let your voice be heard. At this point is up to you. ~ Luke
Born in southern tier of upstate NY (4 hours from New York City). Luke didn’t get into firearms until his early 20’s as he came into hunting with family. He works in the construction field and has interests in the Constitution of the United States and the Bill of Rights.