United States – -(AmmoLand.com)- Advice columnist Amy Dickinson recently published a letter with advice for a father distraught that his daughter chose to exercise her Second Amendment rights. Reading that column shows an immense amount of ignorance and bigotry towards law-abiding gun owners.
Later in that column, she had the gall to say, “Divergent thinking is a good thing, as long as we lead from a place of respect.”
Now, it goes without saying that we don’t know much about this situation other than what the letter-writer conveyed. Then again, we don’t even know about any edits that took place. Perhaps the daughter did feel a need to have a handgun for personal protection, as Kamala Harris did. Perhaps she was into IPSC, IDPA, or three-gun matches. Maybe she just likes to go to the range to shoot. Some of that might have been helpful to know, but the fundamental truth is this: That father chose to prioritize his hatred of guns over loving and supporting his daughter and destroyed his family as a result.
Worse, Dickinson supported his decision to do that. She supported the ultimatum he laid down. She even wept because there was yet another gun owner in the United States of America. It exposes a massive amount of hypocrisy on her part.
In a column from May, she bemoans how the current political climate has “current political and media climate has fostered a level of personal discord that has infested many relationships — destroying some.” Well, Amy, you just defended the destruction of a relationship.
It is, in a sense, an exhibit as to how anti-Second Amendment extremists have beaten Second Amendment supporters in the long game. Amy Dickinson has a platform that reaches 22 million readers, and she told them that if their son or daughter exercises their Second Amendment rights, they should lay down an ultimatum to either give up the gun or leave the house.
That figure, by the way, is roughly 16 million higher than the NRA’s approximate membership these days. Add on the messaging coming from Hollywood, the media, and even our schools, and this is what Eric Holder’s desired “brainwashing” against our gun rights has wrought.
This is a reality, folks. This is the current situation. No amount of crying about the “Vichy NRA” or “Negotiating Rights Away” is going to make this go away. An attitude that celebrates those who destroy familial bonds over gun ownership will not go away because Second Amendment supporters scream “shall not be infringed.”
People who think that screaming “shall not be infringed” long enough, loud enough, and often enough will get the changes we all seek are denying some cold, hard reality. To be very blunt, denial of reality does far more to help Bloomberg than someone pointing out the need for strategy and tactics suitable for the present situation and the current cultural climate.
Thankfully, the NRA is calling out Amy Dickinson’s advice. But this is only going to go so far today. The real answer lies in building a pro-Second Amendment culture, one in which the notion of putting hatred of guns over loving a family member who chooses to exercise one’s Second Amendment rights becomes unthinkable – and that is going to be a long-term effort.
About Harold Hutchison
Writer Harold Hutchison has more than a dozen years of experience covering military affairs, international events, U.S. politics and Second Amendment issues. Harold was consulting senior editor at Soldier of Fortune magazine and is the author of the novel Strike Group Reagan. He has also written for the Daily Caller, National Review, Patriot Post, Strategypage.com, and other national websites.