The Daily Beast: Gun Rights Opponents Need to Go Big or Go Home

The Daily Beast: Gun Rights Opponents Need to Go Big or Go Home

On June 8 The Daily Beast ran a column by Dean Obeidallah which argues gun rights opponents either need to get serious about opposing gun control or forget it.

It is time to go big or go home.

According to Obeidallah, going big entails lawsuits against the NRA – seeking to hold them culpable “if [a] loved one was killed by a gun obtained because of the NRA’s opposition to universal background checks” – and rewriting the 2nd Amendment.

Obeidallah claims the “pro-gun lobby” worked for “20-plus years” to get the Supreme Court to recognize the “then-radical notion that the Second Amendment bestowed a personal right to own a gun, thus making it more challenging to enact laws that restrict access to them.” He wants gun rights opponents to begin working equally hard to “rewrite” the 2nd Amendment so as to undo these protections.

He also says gun rights opponents need to hold up signs at political events with photographs of people “killed by gun violence.”

Obeidallah believes that unless these steps are taken, “the NRA will go on winning” and gun rights opponents will go on losing.

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