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A House Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand – Letter To The Second Amendment Community

“A house divided against itself cannot stand.” Abraham Lincoln

Sadly, we see our country becoming more and more divided. It’s heartbreaking to see division ripping our country apart. There are no longer conversations. It is literally impossible to discuss any issue without it turning ugly, even among friends, workmates, and family. Regrettably, the effects of division have infected so many areas of our life including the political, social, religious and cultural arenas and yes, in the fight to protect our Second Amendment rights too.

Any organization or community of people must be united in their shared goal to attain their purpose successfully or to protect it. They must lock arms, side by side with the core purpose protected within. Naturally, the people who share a united mission will be diverse, with varying opinions on any or even all other subjects and beliefs. Yet, they are committed and loyal to the core purpose. They must be able to honor and respect the differences amongst them. With unity comes strength, influence, and power. Significant accomplishments are achieved when we are one in purpose. The fruits of unity are so attractive, that new people are drawn to the cause. That is where our strength lies and what is required in the battle to preserve our Second Amendment rights.

 

To fully understand the importance of unity we must understand what division is, what it looks like, and the effect it has on us personally and collectively. To protect what we together and personally hold dear, we must fully understand division to prevent it from taking hold and wreaking destruction within the community.

What is Division?

  • The act, process, or an instance of separating or keeping apart
  • To separate into opposing sides or parties
  • Separation by difference of opinion or feeling; disagreement

Here is the most important thing to understand about division: It isn’t spontaneous or something that just happens to us. IT IS INTENTIONAL!

IT IS A TACTIC!  Division is a strategy to gain power, and it has a purpose.

This strategy has been used since ancient times. I am sure you have heard the phrase “Divide and Conquer,” it comes from the Latin dīvide et imperā and this tactic has been used throughout history. It is used to gain power and to control enemies and potential enemies. It’s rather simple, to increase power, any opposing groups must be divided and therefore weakened and must not grow in strength. The breaking up of existing groups that have power or influence is the key to gaining control. Additionally, we can see this play out with mentally unhealthy individuals as well. Narcissists and abusers divide and break up the other relationships of the abused as a way to control and manipulate them. They use this tactic to have or to get the attention or power they crave.

What does this intentional use of the tactic of division look like in our fight to protect the Second Amendment?

  • Gun owners and Second Amendment supporters are bullied and demonized. We are told we don’t care about children, or that we are terrorists. We are publicly ostracized and are losing the ability to do business or told our business isn’t wanted. At times, we are even physically threatened. Bullied people are quiet people who can’t grow in power. This is the goal of the dividers.
  • The pitting of one against another by provoking people or groups within the community to fight amongst themselves and to not trust each other. False accusations are made, and seeds are planted that the leaders of the Second Amendment community are doing something wrong or aren’t genuinely working for the collective best interests. This fosters distrust and jealousy amongst the ranks and yes, weakens our ability to stand and fight with strength, power, and influence to protect our Constitutional right.  When divided, little things become big things, and our common purpose is blurred. The result is our unity and strength are weakened. This is the goal of the dividers.
  • Our diversity as gun owners and Second Amendment supporters is being used as a tool to divide us. We see this tactic in the language and rhetoric being used that pits conservatives against liberals, Republicans against Democrats, and people of one color against those of another. Language matters and words are being used to divide us. This is the goal of the dividers.

Who We Are

American gun owners and Second Amendment supporters are people who believe in the right of self-protection from harm, by others or by a tyrannical government. That’s it! That is where we come together to join in the battle to protect this right. The battle is between people who believe in the people’s right to bear arms and those that don’t. Period! Our diversity is being used against us. Our differences, which is a strength of our community is being used by those seeking to create division by creating tension among us. They shine a light on the tensions that are naturally found in diversity and are using them as a tool to divide us. This is the goal of the dividers.

More Effects of This Division

  • The introduction of false facts and false accusations create distractions both intellectually and financially on the Second Amendment organizations and their leaders. This causes the organizations to spend precious resources, both human and financial in having to deal with multiple “side” issues. This keeps the organizations that we rely on off of the focused work on the primary goal of protecting the Second Amendment. This is weakening our power and influence. This tactic exhausts all resources. This level of distraction decreases the efficacy of the community and creates more opportunity to take the community down by dividing it. We are making the job of those opposed to our Second Amendment right easier. Their battle for power or control is won with less physical resources. Our Second Amendment community is weakening itself! This is the goal of the dividers.
  • Weak and predatorial people within are being enlisted and seduced. Sadly, they are willing to cooperate and assist with the division for some form of personal gain. Moles exist in almost all communities, these are the “me first” people who are in it for themselves and what they get out of it, not for contributing to the community for the unified purpose. Therefore, they are easy to seduce and entice into participating in the division. This is the goal of the dividers.

What About Us?

Regrettably, these tactics are being used against and within our Second Amendment community. Outside forces, influencers, dollars and the application of these tactics are weakening our ability to protect our precious Second Amendment. These are creating gaps in our chain of locked arms that our core purpose within, the protection of the Second Amendment resides. You have to see it too. People and groups that are forming cliques that are causing us to focus and fixate on details and sub-issues rather than our immediate need to just fight to keep our Second Amendment right in existence.

I am not judging these opinions and beliefs nor saying that they hold no validity. What I am saying is that now is not the time.  We are dealing with all of the above while we are trying to fight battles on EVERY possible front. Precious resources are spent in every direction while we grumble, complain and question them.  We simultaneously “expect” them to protect the “core,” our Second Amendment. Yes, this is the goal of the dividers.

What Can You Do?

Please, understand the very real threats that exist to our Second Amendment TODAY. The midterm elections and even the 2020 Presidential election pose severe and imminent threats. Recognize the intentional use and the purpose of the tactic of division. My plea to you is to look for any evidence of division in your Second Amendment world and expel it. Then, lock arms in unity with your brothers and sisters in arms and let’s get to work together now to protect our common core, OUR Second Amendment.

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6 thoughts on “A House Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand – Letter To The Second Amendment Community

  1. Kathie Attaway says:

    The point about our own diversity being used against us is WELL made. Protecting our right to keep and bear arms should be one thing we lay aside our differences to achieve. There are numerous opinions on highly charged subjects such as abortion, immigration, and individual politicians. We need to lay all that aside and come together for this one purpose. As Joan mentioned, using “liberal” and “democrat” as put-downs (especially the twisted forms of those words) does not make for a united, solid group. It is NOT about that, even though many of the loudest anti-gun voices identify as Democrat. They do NOT speak for all Democrats, any more than a single Republican speaks for all in his/her party when making rude or ill-informed commentary. Some of the people I respect the most have made me cringe a time or two making comments that are derogatory and personal about groups. It is too easy to get into the Us vs Them mindset, and destroy ourselves from within.
    We have to avoid assumptions, find common ground around protecting our rights, and stand proudly together for that One Reason Only. After all, I am a vegetarian, and I am the NRA.

  2. Megan Janis says:

    As a moderate with both leanings, I felt this was finally the first open and honest discussion about the issue. I find my self politically neutral, meaning I see both sides of the issue. I believe that there needs to be work done in order to ensure these sort of tools cannot get into the wrong hands. At the same time, as mentioned in the article, the right to bear arms is about protecting oneself. I use to be a bit on the liberal side myself, and I have seen the far right on this issue. Both are extremes and do not consider the other view point. They are also too caught up on their emotions in the issue versus focusing on the reasoning at hand. I witnessed a situation this weekend that no person should witness at my college campus apartment. Due to my complex’s affliliation with the University, guns are banned. I do not feel the need for guns as there is a heavy police force on the campus. However, what I witnessed on my off campus housing weekend was dangerous. By reporting it, I put myself at greater risk. My company has been unresponsive to having this man banned due to no charges. My school is not of help either and the situation has not been taken seriously by law enforcement. It’s unfortunate but at the end of the day, I need to think about how I can best defend myself because I cannot rely on others to keep me safe. Pepper spray can only do so much and men are built stronger. It’s just the way things are. The thing that would give me a piece of mind as if I were properly trained to protect myself as a last resort precaution. What the far right does not take into consideration is that gun control does not mean banning guns. It means taking the necessarily precautions to ensure firearms are given to responsible, law abiding citizens. On the liberal end, people want to entirely ban firearms, auto-matic weapons ect. It’s hypocritical to support and advocate for women and aim at the government. Although it’s great to try to make a difference, focusing on preventing such situations should be part of the conversation as well. From what I witnessed this weekend, I felt like a sitting duck. I have no way to ensure my defende from the individual if he comes to posing a threat to me. If we could all step aside and remove ourselves from political affiliations and movements, we would be able to realize that we all have common goals. The Division mentioned is real and is counterproductive to meaningful conversations on these issues. There’s more focus on opposing something and disregarding the other side versus listening and coming up with effective and meaningful solutions.

  3. Joan DeKyper says:

    What about the other voices? Are they not harrassed on the internet as liberal Democrats who won’t listen to/ or don’t understand facts. As a liberal Democrat gun owner I feel like my voice is unwanted. Reaching out to people like me is what is going to change the numbers. Stop using liberal Democrat as a put down and attacking us as a group. It’s a big issue, I know. I’ll never be a republican due to their stance on reproductive Rights but I can still support the second amendment.

    1. Carrie Lightfoot says:

      I agree Joan, the Second Amendment is not a liberal/conservative or Republican/Democrat partisan issue. It’s a human right to defense issue. We should all be united on that core issue.

  4. sh68137 says:

    Our weakness, common to patriots, is that we are very much individuals, who just want to live our lives and let everyone else live theirs. 
    There is a strong tendency among us not to get involved in group activities.
    The enemy on the other hand is a herd animal, always ready to form a herd and all move the same way, and we have seen the power of the liberal herd when it’s led to stampede. 
    So what we need to do is contrary to our nature but it is necessary. 
    We have to stand together and stand strong to resist the liberal herd. 
    What this indoctrination does is increase the size and therefore the destructive power of the liberal herd. 
    If we don’t stand against it now, it will be just that much harder to do so in the future, because its power will only grow. 
    Unless we stand together, and unite with other patriot groups, and stop the indoctrination. 
    I think we do have the power, if we will only use it.

  5. Rust says:

    Very well written, thank you.

    I will add one thing: community organizing = divide and conquer. The purpose is to pit one group against another and foment political unrest. The Obama years saw this amped up to eleventy.

    We are definitely in a battle for the soul of our country.

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