A recent article in Range magazine addresses serious and deeply concerning changing political landscapes  in the West.

It has become increasingly clear that the real political divide in this country is between rural and urban values, and rural and urban areas.  But it’s people who drive politics, and you know where most of the people are.

On a national political map, which appears to have a lot of Red, essentially all large urban metropolitan areas — where most of the people are — are solidly Blue.  But the problem — especially in Western states — is that the urban metropolitan areas completely dominate the political landscape, and are in the drivers seat policy-wise.  And Western states are increasingly shifting toward Blue. Think California.  Oregon.  Washington. Now New Mexico.  Nevada is split.  So is Arizona, and both are approaching a total tipping point.  And Colorado is right behind.  Right here in the West.  

Now let’s consider some of the most basic, and serious political implications.  Aside from protection of abortion rights, among the single highest socialistic priorities of the political left is increased gun control in an effort to ultimately completely disarm this nation.  And increased gun control is attempting to take the country by storm this year.  A growing number of states have recently passed or are seriously considering serious and intrusive gun control measures — including right here in the West.

Although the West has long been considered a stronghold for gun rights and the Second Amendment, there is plenty of cause for concern.  The New Mexico State House just passed a new “Red Flag” gun control law, that would allow judges to issue orders authorizing the confiscation of an individual’s firearms based on nothing more than hypothetical concerns.  The Colorado State Assembly is seriously considering a similar measure.  And he Utah state legislature, which has long been considered a bastion of conservative values, is currently considering several intrusive gun control bills that would have never before gotten any traction at all before now.

Among the current Utah proposals are a Red Flag bill, that would authorize the individual confiscation of guns, as well as a proposal to raise the legal age to acquire firearms to 21, and another proposal that would require background checks for all firearms transactions, which would essentially put an end to the legality of private gun transactions between private party individuals.  In light of a tragic recent shooting death of a University of Utah student athlete, Lauren McClusky, by an estranged lover with a “borrowed” gun, there is also a current bill pending before the Utah State Legislature, dubbed “Lauren’s Law,” that would authorize liability lawsuits against gun owners whose firearms are used to commit crimes, regardless of whether the owner(s) had any actual knowledge of such use or intent or not, leaving gun owners wide open to liability in a broad spectrum of unthinkable scenarios.

Add to all this the fact that, as a general rule, more and more Millenials favor increased gun contol, the bottom line is that what is happening right now is serious.

If we value gun rights and the Second Amendment, we better get serious about doing something about it.  Please contact your state legislators.  Make your voices heard.

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  1. A letter written to Nevada State Legislators

    Thank you for your efforts to protect the 2nd amendment.

    Please remember that the right to keep and to bear arms SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED. Concealed carry permits are an infringement. Background checks are an infringement. Magazine counts are an infringement, Restrictions on the types of firearms one may own are an infringement. Gun free zones are an infringement. Red flag laws are an infringement. Law enforcers who fear others who are in rightful possession of a fire while in their presence is an infringement. Law enforcers who “shoot first and ask questions latter” are an infringement. Many other so called gun “laws” are infringements. Anything that inhibits one of the People from keeping and bearing arms are infringements.

    Please remember why our founders ensured our right to keep and bear arms. That is so that the People (individually or collectively) shall be equally armed with the government so that we will be able to defend ourselves against government when or if they become tyrannical.

    Please be aware that the 2nd Amendment first states that a Militia is necessary for the security of a free state. That is necessary not optional ! Most people today have forgotten what militia is and have been erroneously taught to fear it. If you are to be a protector of the 2nd Amendment you must have a sound understanding of what Militia truly is and support it wholeheartedly.

    Militia is nothing more than We the People, properly armed and trained.
    US Code defines Militia as being every able bodied man between the ages of 17 and 45, and allows for women and other age groups to voluntarily join, it also allows exceptions for specific able bodied men to not be in the militia, but as a general standard all able bodied men are the militia. The Militia is broken down into 2 categories 1) the organized Militia, which consist of the National Guard and Naval Reserves and 2) the unorganized Militia, which consists of every able bodied man who are not members of the National Guard or Naval Reserves. In other words everybody else.

    Until recently NRS 412.026 mirrored that definition with the exception of including to the age of 64. In 2013 it was bastardized to be reduced to licenced groups approved by the governor. You should protect the 2nd Amendment by protecting Militia, and restoring Nevada’s definition back to what it was. Better yet we as Nevadans should look to the example the State of Switzerland has set and should mirror their approach to militia.

    The Constitution for the United States of America mentions Militia in four places. Considering the brevity of the document and the enormity of what it accomplishes it is amazing that our founding fathers would mention one subject so many times in it. This shows the importance they placed upon the necessity of the militia. I’d love to go through it with you if you are interested.

    I have done in depth study of the definition, purpose and necessity of militia and the right of the People to keep and bear arms.

    This right was not preserved for hunting or recreation, nor for personal protection for that matter, although those things are certainly included. It was specifically protected to prevent government overreach, and to keep the People enabled to withstand government, and all its agencies, from tyrannical behaviors, and so that the People shall always have the training and munitions necessary to alter or abolish the government and to institute it with new government that would secure their rights and future happiness as they deem necessary. Please read the Declaration of Independence to understand this. It is a foundational principle of America.

    So if you are going to be a real protector of freedom you must be very strong on the 2nd Amendment not just a mild proponent.

    I would be glad to present the information I have learned about the 2nd Amendment to you and others upon your request.

    Sincerely

    Ryan Bundy
    All Right Reserved

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      Thank you, Ryan, for your great work.
      RM

  2. Excellent article and summation of the issues facing the rural West. We need an Electoral College in the Western states locally to balance out the divide.

    1. The states all need something like the Electoral College for their legislatures to gain equal representation rather than the major cities controlling them.

      In reference to Ryan Bundy’s great article on the Militia, The precursor to the Constitution, Articles of Conferation made it mandatory for every State to maintain her Militia. Militia membership is mandatory per the Constitution and was actually bastardized in 1903 when Congress unconstitutionally disestablished it and replaced it with the National Guard. http://constitutionalmilitia.org/militia-unconstitutionally-disestablished/

      If we Amreicans want to regain our liberty, security and property rights we will revitalize our 2nd Amendment Militia of the several States.
      http://constitutionalmilitia.org/revitalizing-the-militia-of-the-several-states/

      Otherwise we can sit back and wathc the progressives destroy what is left of our freedoms.

      If we Americans are to once again

  3. NRA has never been more powerful… too bad that guy was stupid enough to ‘lend’ his gun to a nutcase… not real impressive! If I let a known nutcase drive my car drunk someone should sue me… rights are privileges not entitlement s as it sounds like so many think… ugh.

  4. Extremes & unbending ness can be an infringement… . Some of you cowboys need to remove your hat… if I lend my gun to an idiot nutcase (knowingly), & a murder gets committed some family member is welcome to sue the shit out of me. How irresponsible to suggest otherwise.. Gunowners are not dictator s or kings… the entitlement wreaks…welcome to America… conservatives can’t always just do what they selfishly want… #selfishsucks

  5. Yep
    A selfish American Conservative Deplorable, clinging to my guns and God.
    #Know it

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