The first step in Dickinson’s plan is to “commit to a generation-long battle.” But attempts to control people by limiting their ability to defend themselves has been a part of the American experience at least since the British tried to disarm the Massachusetts Militia at Concord on April 19, 1775.
Certainly, 143 years after its founding, the NRA still stands tall. Meanwhile, the National Coalition to Ban Handguns and the National Council to Control Handguns have had to change their names to Coalition to Stop Gun Violence and Brady Campaign, respectively. They’ve had to stop trying to get handguns banned, and to shift their efforts to “assault weapons.” They’ve had to start referring to gun control as “gun safety.” And they’ve had the reins of the gun control movement wrested from them by Michael Bloomberg.
Next in Dickinson’s plan is “Think federally, act locally.” But anti-gun activist groups have few, if any, grassroots members, and the only activities that bind them are their hatred of guns and their snobbish and often mean-spirited attitude toward gun owners. By contrast, NRA members at the local level go to shooting ranges for competitions, training and recreation; attend gun shows; go hunting; participate in gun safety classes as students and teachers; attend Friends of the NRA Dinners; and participate in all phases of the political process.