As I write this, the world media is still digesting the fact that the people of Brazil have voted. Most specifically, they have voted against banning firearms in Brazil—despite the fact that only a few months ago, all the polls were predicting a landslide victory for the gun banners. Reality, however, has proven entirely different. An even more important aspect—and one that would be much more terrifying for the gun ban crowd if they had any sense—is the fact that it’s the most educated and well-off Brazilians who voted most overwhelmingly against the ban, meaning that this particular victory for freedom cannot be attributed to the “backwards country hicks” or whatever newest hate word the collectivists prefer to employ when referring to people they hate.
The media reports are conflicting on what actually took place in Brazil, but one thing is clear: American activists helped. Pamphlets and brochures were translated, phone consultations were given and donations were sent. As a result, pro-gun advertisement, television slots and billboards with pro-liberty messages blanketed Brazil, including the famous, JPFO-invented message, “All those for gun control, raise your right hand.” The fight wasn’t for nothing. A miracle happened.
For years, the anti-gun forces have tightened their grip on the throat of freedom, with ever-more gun registration, licensing, confiscation and outright bans in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Germany and all over the world…
In a nation where only recently, 75% of the population was polled in support of a complete gun ban, where only recently, the public clamored for and got a ban on concealed carry…public opinion came around, and defeated tyranny at the polls, 65% against 35%.
And this now has implications for the gun rights community which we cannot afford not to contemplate, because the Brazilian referendum means one thing and one thing only: everything is possible. For decades, it has been the belief (not always voiced, but commonly assumed) of everybody involved in the gun debate that when a major piece of gun legislation is introduced, it pretty much stays there forever. Great Britain will forever be anti-gun. The NFA will never be repealed, and once a type of gun is added to the NFA, it is lost forever to the ordinary mortal. Europe, Australia and Canada are lost forever to the cause of freedom.
The Brazilian referendum proves in a blindingly obvious fashion to whoever believes that statement is wrong. Here was a country as actively anti-gun as there can be, where the population clamored for harsher and harsher gun laws, where all the big anti-gun groups of the world have assembled to condition the people for more and more anti-gun opinions, and where the Catholic church itself contributed its opinion to the anti-gun cause. And a group of activists dedicated to the cause of freedom have not simply won, but have turned the entire public perception of gun rights and gun ownership in the country around 180 degrees.
It’s clear now that the likes of Gill Marshall-Andrews, Sarah Brady, and Josh Sugarmann are not unbeatable. Not only can their onslaught of anti-gun activism be stopped, it can also be reversed. It worked in Brazil.
For years, the anti-gun forces have tightened their grip on the throat of freedom, with ever-more gun registration, licensing, confiscation and outright bans in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Germany and all over the world, until finally only one country remained in their cross hairs: the United States of America. It seemed that with one more effort, one more push, they would institute their scheme there too and then it would be over—forever. But the Brazilian vote that happened on the 23rd of October, 2005 proves, once and for all, that there still is a way out. The American gun rights movement must reach out with activism, advice and aid to the gun owners and gun rights advocates all over the world, in order to protect the right of every citizen on the planet to bear arms, in the same way international organizations reach out for free speech the world over. This will protect American gun rights, and this will destroy the gun control movement. IIt can work, as it did in Brazil.
Once a counteroffensive against the gun control movement begins, they will no longer be able to concentrate their disgusting, neo-fascist schemes on the United States and the gun rights of Americans.
It is a mistake to believe that the happenings of other countries are not your business. The freedom of all men is everybody’s business. Just as activists everywhere rally to the defense of the religious freedom of the Chinese or the Afghanis, so must you defend the gun rights of the British and the Canadians. (Already as I speak, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms is operating a London office. The groundwork for this has already been laid). We have long been saying that gun rights are civil rights, just as important as free speech and a fair trial. It’s time to stand by those words, just as they did in Brazil.
That is an issue, not just of principle, but of practice. Once a counteroffensive against the gun control movement begins, they will no longer be able to concentrate their disgusting, neo-fascist schemes on the United States and the gun rights of Americans. Once the people of Australia and Britain will again understand the importance of the right to bear arms. Gill Marshall-Andrews’ Gun Control Network will cease to have any power altogether. In a world where you will be able to strap a 1911 or Glock to your hip, mount a train in London and emerge in Paris, without any legal repercussions whatsoever, there will be nobody to threaten your gun rights in Arizona, Nebraska, or even New York City.
This is not a utopia. This is doable. This is real. And it worked in Brazil.
[ Boris is a columnist and political activist from Israel. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org ]