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It's Not a Damn Hobby 


David Lombardo

I was recently talking with someone about the need for everyone to attend IGOLD this year and was genuinely shocked by his response.

“I wish I could,” he said. “But I have to work and my wife would kill me. She already thinks I spend too much time on my hobby.”

“Hobby?” Seriously, do you think of this as a hobby? I understand you’re using firearms to: hunt, compete, take classes, spend quality time with your spouse or kids, just have fun and use them for personal protection.  It’s one of the great things about shooting; you can do a lot of interesting and enjoyable things with firearms but hobby? Suggesting that the Second Amendment is a hobby would be like saying a Rolls-Royce is transportation. Well yes, it is but…

Commitment to the Second Amendment should be one of the highest priorities in your life to the point of obsession. If you think that’s an extremist position consider this. It has been estimated that in the 20th century over 56 million people were killed for political reasons as a result of gun control laws.

The Soviet Union established gun control in 1929 and by 1953 over 20 million dissidents were murdered. Turkey enacted gun control laws in 1915 and within two years they murdered 1.5 million Christian Armenians. China had gun prohibition laws and between 1948 and 1952 the government murdered 20 million political dissidents. Germany passed laws in 1938 and by 1945 had literally exterminated 13 million Jews and other “undesirable” citizens.

Guatemala had strict gun laws that allowed them to kill off over 100,000 Mayan Indians from 1981 to 1984. Uganda killed 300,000 Christians between 1971 and 1979. Cambodia slaughtered over a million of its citizens from 1975 to 1977 for no better reason than they were well educated. Ask them if the right to bear arms is a hobby.

If bearing arms is nothing more than a hobby why is it people like George Soros and Michael Bloomberg are spending billions of dollars trying to disarm the American public? Soros alone has donated $18 billion to the Open Society Foundation, a group dedicated to world-wide social change in which a significant emphasis is placed upon the removal of firearms from the public. Conservatives are the party of divide; the party of intolerance, according to the social progressives and if you disagree with that then you should be killed. You think I’m making that up?

About a week ago Congressman Eric Swalwell of California said we should ban all firearms, confiscate every one of them, and prosecute anyone who defies the ban. When his theory was challenged by the fact there are millions of citizens who would disagree and likely ignore such a ban, Swalwell publically said, “It would be a short war my friend. The government has nukes.”

Congresswoman Maxine Waters, referring to the President’s cabinet members, said, “God is on our side… And if you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd. And you push back on them. And you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.”  And threats are not limited to half-baked legislators.

Over the past year a New Yorker threatened to kill Rep . Lee Zeldin and any other Donald Trump supporter then as he left in his car he nearly ran over a campaign staffer. Another angry Trump critic allegedly punched a homeowner in Boynton Beach, Fla., for having a Trump flag in his front yard, and then dragged the homeowner 30 feet while driving away.

A bookstore owner in Richmond, Va., called the cops after a woman started harassing former Trump advisor Steven Bannon, who was browsing in the store. Former Clinton aide Philippe Reines later tweeted out the bookstore owner's contact information, in a thinly veiled attempt to encourage attacks on the store. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was leaving a restaurant in Kentucky when he encountered a group of social progressives who shouted "vote you out" and "we know where you live, bitch."

The list is extensive, the rhetoric increasingly vitriolic and the theme consistent: Get rid of conservatives be it ballot or bullet. Breitbart recently started compiling what it characterizes as "acts of media-approved violence and harassment against Trump supporters." The list is now up to 258 — and climbing fast.

The Second Amendment isn’t a damn hobby; it is a firewall that separates America from third world tyranny and the ensuing chaos. If you think taking a day off from work to attend IGOLD this year is asking too much just wait until you don’t have any work, you’re in an hour-long line to buy a loaf of bread and you read in the paper that you’re a dangerous political dissident and there’s a reward on your head. For the love of all that’s holy, take the day off, gather up your spouse and kids, and go to IGOLD. It’s never been less of a hobby than today.


Dave Lombardo



*** All opinions expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the ISRA, Will County Grassroots, or any of it's members or officers.***

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