OPINION: Gun Rights and the Rebirth of Conservatism
When Obamacare passed in March 2010, a grassroots outrage ensued and months later, in Nov. 2010, the Tea Party voted out Democrats in red states and moderate Republicans who'd supported the measure.
Liberals were blindsided, RINOs were dismayed, and because of the passage of Obamacare, former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) only held the gavel for two years.
Now, just three short years later, a grassroots movement has been awakened again. But this time it's not the Tea Party reacting to healthcare. Rather, it is a collection of the approx. 80 million gun owning Americans reacting to the federal government's insistence on taking guns away.
It is the more than four million NRA members, and the hundreds upon hundreds of thousands of members of the Second Amendment Foundation and Gun Owners of America.
This movement is broad--encompassing Republicans for sure, but also Democrats, Independents, and Progressives like "Warren" who called into the Wilkow Majority on March 5 to talk about how sacrosanct guns are in this country. He talked of how his support for much of the progressive agenda does not include support for more gun control.
This broad spectrum of political opinion, united under the umbrella of the right to keep and bear arms, portends a 2014 election cycle not unlike the one we saw in Nov. 2010.
For this reason, much of the federal-level talk of passing more gun control that was so ubiquitous in Dec. 2012 has quietly given way to silence by Senators like Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Mark Warner (D-VA), both of whom know 2014 will not be kind to gun grabbers.
As Breitbart News reported on Jan. 14, gun control is a big loser for Democrats in 2014. But the other side of that coin is that the gun rights movement can be a big winner for conservatism.
In fact, we could see conservatism reborn around the simple truth that the right to keep and bear arms is "necessary to the security of a free state."