Herschel Smith thinks so.
There is such a proliferation of gun control and ammunition control articles, commentaries, editorials and laws that it would be impossible to mention them all, let along discuss them. Boulder has just announced a new assault weapons ban. The LA Times advocates ammunition regulation, Smith & Wesson will soon be under pressure from its parent company, Black Rock Investment is pimping gun free investments, a recent challenge to the Massachusetts assault weapons ban has fallen, bump stocks will soon be illegal, the Las Vegas Sun is publishing letters advocating the confiscation of ammunition, and the News Tribune published a reader who wants to tax ammunition more heavily.
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We could go on for hours and hours over this. The point is that something has snapped in American culture, and we are being put in a pincer movement.
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Furthermore, when bans happen, we’ll all have to decide where we stand, and some of us will have to turn “gray man” in order to live and work in our communities and continue to have a job. Not everyone can be a very public figure like Mike Vanderboegh was.
Unless the culture makes a U-turn very quickly – and I don’t think it will – we are in for some hard times ahead and we will all have to make difficult choices. Put on your thinking caps, stock your supplies, watch your six, consider your options, and make sure of your friends.
There's more at the link. Recommended reading.
In another article, Mr. Smith provides a warning:
Listen to your enemies. Learn from them, especially when they publicly inform you of their tactics. Plan accordingly. By my calculations, Trump (being I suspect a one-term president) gives us about two more years.
I fear he may be right. Note, in particular, this LA Times editorial about ammunition control, and Bank of America's decision to stop lending to manufacturers of politically incorrect weapons. If those aren't the enemy informing us of his intentions and tactics, I don't know what is!
I'm sure most of the readers of this blog are of the same mind as myself. I think the Founding Fathers knew what they were about when they recognized the (pre-existing) right to keep and bear arms in our Bill of Rights. However, they wrote in a time and in a culture where this was self-evidently necessary, and no-one in his right mind would have argued that it was not. Today, many of our people do not have that mindset. Their only encounters with firearms are in the hands of criminals, law enforcement officers and agencies, and the military. They have no personal experience with them at all, even for target practice, much less used them as a tool to provide food for their tables or protection against their enemies. They see guns as scary, threatening and dangerous.
It's all very well to argue that they're wrong, but it won't get us anywhere. That won't change their beliefs or outlook. I don't know that there's any way to do so other than expose them to the reality of firearms, by getting them to shoot and experience for themselves that a gun is just a tool like any other. Unfortunately, opportunities to do so don't exist for most of them, and they wouldn't want them if they did.
Since most of us can't afford to stockpile weapons and ammunition in large quantities, and/or don't have the (safe, secure) storage space in which to do so, I repeat the suggestion for low-cost, effective training that I made several years ago. Buy one or more BB or Airsoft replicas of your chosen defensive weapons, stock up on pellets and air cylinders, and use them for regular practice (see the earlier article for details of how to train with them). It's vastly cheaper than using ammunition and your regular firearms, yet exercises the same skills you may one day need when using the latter. That's an option all of us can afford. At the same time, stockpile what ammunition you can afford, because it's very likely to become much more expensive (due to taxes and regulation) and harder to obtain (due to registration, restrictions on bulk shipments, and other impositions).
The cultural winds are against firearms owners in large parts of our country - and those parts contain the majority of US voters. As Mr. Smith points out, we have to face reality.