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Op Ed on the Future of the 2nd Amendment from Frank Brownell, Chairman of Brownells

As you know, we are in the midst of the campaign for the President of the United States. This is an extremely volatile time, and we are arriving at a turning point in the history – and future – of America.

While the gun issue seems to be the focus of most of the speeches, and especially in the liberal media, what is really at stake is the make-up of our Supreme Court. The next President will have to make an appointment immediately to fill the seat of Justice Scalia, who died this year. The votes by the current court, with Justice Scalia sitting, on both the Heller decision and the McDonald decision were 5 to 4. The conservative justices were the 5, the liberal justices were the 4. Now the court is 4 liberals and 4 conservatives. Here’s a look at the Supreme Court makeup ranked by how liberal or conservative their votes are. Take note where the last two appointees, Sotomayor and Kagan, land on this scale.

The Supreme Court will decline to hear cases involving the gun issue until the new President appoints the new justice. What is at risk here is which kind of justice will be appointed for life. A long enough period to either reinforce or tear apart the Second Amendment.

We care deeply who makes the appointment.

A liberal President will appoint a liberal justice. And with the support of a liberal senate that justice will be confirmed. So if your personal choice of candidate did not make it and you’ve decided not to vote, that is a vote for a liberal, anti-gun President and a liberal, anti-gun justice. If you find the conservative candidate offensive and get pulled into voting for a third-party candidate, that is a vote for a liberal, anti-gun President. A third-party candidate simply will not win the presidency.

If you are so angry at either candidate that you stay away from the polls and don’t vote – that is a vote for a liberal, anti-gun President and a liberal, anti-gun Supreme Court.

Now is the time to get over any personal issues you might have. Open your eyes. Will your position save the Second Amendment? So get over it. Get behind the pro-gun, conservative candidate to keep the court majority pro-gun. Support the Senator who supports this pro-gun, conservative candidate so the appointment of a pro-gun, conservative justice will be ratified.

Understand that your vote has an impact beyond the traditional 4 or 8 years of a President’s term. It really counts more this time than at any other time in your voting life.

With an anti-gun, liberal Supreme Court majority, your children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and on will not have the personal protection and personal ownership of firearms all of our forefathers and all of us have enjoyed.

The Second Amendment will be gutted. We have to join together and support the pro-gun, conservative candidates for the House, Senate and President. Not to do so will change the lives of all of us who cherish our firearm freedoms. It will be devastating, and if we don’t vote, we’ve got no one to blame but ourselves.

We rarely talk politics in our messages, except when we see a real and dire threat to the Constitution of this great country. So, let’s “Man Up”, as they taught me in the Navy.

Exercise our rights as American citizens to keep the Second Amendment alive and in place with a pro-gun, conservative justice on the Supreme Court, appointed by a pro-gun, conservative President and confirmed by a pro-gun Senate.

About Brownells:

Serious About Firearms Since 1939, Brownells is the world’s leading source for gun parts and accessories, ammunition, gunsmithing tools, survival gear and archery. With a large selection of both common and hard-to-find items, and an extensive collection of videos, articles, and gun schematics, Brownells is the expert for everything shooting-related. Committed to maintaining our great traditions, Brownells has more, does more and knows more – and guarantees it all, Forever. Stay up-to-date with Brownells on FacebookTwitter and Instagram or visit www.Brownells.com.

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