For casual gun owners, or people who tend to support the Second Amendment but don’t follow the issue too closely, 2019 might seem like a nice time to be a gun owner.
After all, there’s a Republican in the White House, the GOP still controls the Senate (and can theoretically block any gun control bill), and anti-gun legislation doesn’t seem to move too far in Congress. But when you take a deeper look at what politicians are doing, it’s clear that the Second Amendment has never faced a greater political challenge.
We’re not just talking about President Trump’s move to ban bump stocks, or even the so-called “red flag” laws being embraced by legislators on both sides of the aisle. Those are both bad, but not the biggest indicator that the Second Amendment is in grave danger.
The attitude of gun grabbers has changed significantly over the past year. While Democratic candidates for elected office use to include the caveat “no one is trying to take your guns” in every speech about firearms, they no longer feel the need to do so. California Senator Kamala Harris and others like her are completely transparent: they are coming after your guns. Bernie Sanders, once considered to be not as radical as his progressive peers on the Second Amendment, has been happy to jump on this bandwagon.
The Republicans aren’t fairing much better, either. As mentioned above, the Trump Administration has backed red flag laws, has flirted with a national registry, and moved to ban bump stocks in reaction to a mass shooting we still don’t really know anything about.
This is only scratching the surface — American citizens are having their constitutional rights attacked from all sides. Here’s the Daily Shooter with more details on the state of the Second Amendment in 2019: