Trap shooters describe people taking tactical carbine courses as “Tactical Timmys” or “Tacticool.” Those taking carbine courses say that standing in one spot to shoot a clay bird is a huge waste of time.

Precision rifle shooter believe cowboy action shooters have not grown up and are still playing “cowboys and Indians.” The cowboy action shooters think that the PRS guys take themselves too seriously and have lost their sense of humor.

Hunters are not worried because they don’t own any black guns and smugly think “they” will never come for their guns. Some people refer to hunters as “Fudds.”

And it goes on and on with many disciplines. While leftists are united and doing their best to take away our rights, we’re eating our own by fighting among ourselves. Stop it, just stop it!

The truth is that those who would trample on the Second Amendment hate all of us. They don’t care that more people are killed by hammers than modern sporting rifles (MSR). Right now their focus is on the MSR because they can create talking points around them. There is no such thing as an “assault weapon”, a phrase coined by vehement anti-gun activist Diane Feinstein. The current term they use is “weapons of war.”

I’m old enough to remember when the left wanted to ban pistols in the 1960s, lumping the entire genre into what they called “Saturday Night Specials.”

If the leftists succeed in banning MSR, don’t be so naïve that they will stop there. Your scoped deer rifle that was handed down to you from your dad will suddenly become a sniper rifle capable of killing people from long distance.

In World War I the German government complained that the Model 97 Trench Gun was illegal because “it is especially forbidden to employ arms, projections, or materials calculated to cause unnecessary suffering” as defined by the Hague convention. Don’t believe they won’t resurrect that argument, or something like it, to take away that Remington 870 you take into a duck blind or go dove hunting with.

It’s time for all of us to get some skin into the game. Become active in your local government. Write, email or call your elected representatives at all levels and let them know your feelings and will be following how they vote on crucial topics and you have a long memory when you walk into the voting booth.

And as far as voting goes it is my belief that it is much more than a right: it is your sacred duty.

Join the NRA. No, it’ not perfect and is currently having some problems, but it’s the best we have at the moment. Failing that join some other organization that supports the Second Amendment and donate to them—it will probably be less than what you pay for a box of quality ammo.

To quote Benjamin Franklin, “We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately.”