The following is a guest post.
Guns laws are one of the most controversial topics in the United States of America.
For instance, the Second Amendment of the Bill of Rights states;
“A well regulated Militia, being necessary for the security of a free State, the right of people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
Just as there has been a push to regulate the possession of firearms, there has been an equal push back. I’m happy to tell you that there are several ways in which to have a voice on the political battleground surrounding the Second Amendment.
First, a little history of one of the most controversial periods of gun reform in U.S. history.
The NRA and the Black Panthers
Currently, especially given the recent events at the Capitol, a spotlight has been put on what is called “Extremist Groups.” However, this is not the first time in history that an armed political protest has shaken nations, especially considering the prevalence of the Black Lives Matter movements.
While the Civil Rights Movement was able to establish full citizenship rights for African Americans by overturning Jim Crow Laws. It ultimately did very little to help balance economic issues and the political under-representation African American’s faced.
So, as a reaction to the ongoing socioeconomic strife, and the ongoing police violence towards the black community, the Black Panther Party was formed, and armed themselves.
At the time, Californian laws allowed public carry of loaded firearms as long as they were carried openly and not pointed at anyone. Which allowed the Black Panthers to patrol their communities and record police behavior while armed.
What happened next, set the stage for gun law reform and control.
As it so happened, the Black Panther group had organized an armed protest at the Californian State Capitol, which was a publicity stunt. And unlike recent Capitol protests, it ended rather peacefully.
Ultimately this culminated in the passing of the Mulford Act, supported by the NRA, which set a precedent for gun control.
How to Defend Your Rights as a Civilian
You as a civilian have a few ways to affect or advocate for the social changes you would like to see.
Let’s cover a few.
And if you find momentum, you may find yourself in the political arena someday.
So let’s get into the momentum part.
Diction Syntax and ElocutionWhat you say, the words you use, and how you say it.
Being able to present yourself well, and the argument you are willing to represent mean everything.
Human nature makes a subconscious snap decision on the judgement of an individual within 13 seconds. So if you can’t make a solid first impression right off the bat, you will be fighting an uphill battle, and often a losing one.
The human subconscious is a powerful tool, use your posture, clothes, and voice to your advantage.
Communication is 90% body language. That’s your in.
Once you have the in, the words come. Be sure to know what you are going to say before you say it, anticipate arguments, and rebuttals, and be prepared. Know your words and how to play your platform to your advantage.
Data and information are what will seal the deal.
Personally, don’t attempt an armed protest in today’s charged atmosphere. I could go on at length about battle fever and riot behavior.
It will not end well for anyone involved, look at Palestine and Israel, look up what happened to those 30 armed yet non-violent Panthers after the protest. It’s sad.
Might makes right.
Thank your stars you are an American, where debate is the true battleground of policy.
If you are politically motivated, simply use it as a case study, to formulate an argument.
Also, give thanks to the Black Panthers and the NRA, and check out some of the best pistol optics you can purchase on the market.
Richard Douglas writes on firearms, defense and security issues. He is the founder and editor of Scopes Field, and a columnist at The National Interest, 1945, Daily Caller and other publications.
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