With its call to the state of Connecticut to identify, arrest and prosecute gun owners who have not complied with “assault weapon” registration edicts, The Hartford Courant has removed all pretenses of “common sense gun safety” advocacy, and placed itself squarely in the confiscation and persecution camp.
We need to understand and accept that there is an ideological cold civil war these Fourth Estate Fifth Columnists and their fellow monopoly of violence zealots are prosecuting against Americans who simply want to be left alone, and that if we don’t treat it as such and respond in kind, they’re going to keep at it. We have given them no incentive to stop, and the more successful they are, the more they’ll be encouraged to turn up the heat.A way to discourage that is to cut off the enemy’s -- and that’s what they are -- supply lines. Major advertisers like automobile dealerships and realtors provide “aid and comfort” to that enemy via advertising revenues. A group of committed and organized gun rights activists could discourage that by approaching one or more with a phone, email and letter campaign, and even weekend sidewalk demonstrations, asking them if they agree with The Courant that the state should lock up their gun-owning customers. It would be especially effective if gun owners who have done business with such firms in the past contact the reps who made the commissions and who send them new business card refrigerator magnets every year.These businesses don’t want to get involved in a polarizing issue, all they want to do is sell their products and services, and making them understand they are enablers who will be held accountable would in turn make them pass it on to the advertising rep who sells them space: “Your editors’ personal political agenda brought this down on us. You’re supposed to help us attract customers, not drive them away!”Connecticut’s “undocumented gun owners” are showing the world that resistance is not futile, and that could be the inspiring example that sets gun owners in other states on the same course. Likewise, if they would only realize and then use it, they have the power to hasten The Courant and similar rags writing their own obituaries.