The right to bear arms has been diminishing in the USA longer than I've been alive. It's a gradual process where rights are lost by attrition. Once lost, we almost never have an inalienable right restored. The persistent trend has been toward citizen disarmament. The unconstitutional infringements come in waves, and we're currently in a tsunami of gun hate. The president has enacted a bump stock ban by executive decree and green lighted the "take the guns first and worry about due process later" red flag gun confiscations. The opposition party is having a series of presidential debates and they're trying to best each other on how anti-gun they are. Corporations are virtue signaling their anti-gun credentials and those CEOs signed an open letter urging the US Senate to pass more anti-gun legislation including a national red flag confiscation. Not sure how that would work, even ignoring how blatantly unconstitutional it would be. Until recently, it seemed that the firearms industry was stunned into silence, almost as if the anti-gun accusations were tantamount to a guilty verdict in the court of public opinion and any attempt at mounting a defense after the gavel was struck would only make them look more guilty. That's starting to change. We're seeing some of the more ideological companies speaking out to defend the right to keep and bear arms. Here's an excerpt from an email I received this evening from a large local gun store with a good online presence. It's a reference to the strongest boast yet from an American politician that they will be confiscating AR-15s and AK-47s, presumably with the others confiscated in prioritized order after that. The enthusiastic promise of gun confiscation was met with raucous applause during the debate, and the candidate's comment is now on a T-shirt being sold for $30 on the campaign website to raise money for the campaign. This culture war is heating up, quickly. I should probably buy another couple of lowers.