I was with Congressman Ralph Norman Friday morning for his “coffee visit” town hall at the Rock Hill Diner. When we went to the reserved area, a group of women in red t-shirts (Moms Demand Action) planted across from us, intent on dominating the event with their radical anti-gun agenda. They claimed that they are not anti-2nd amendment, but as the discussion developed, their talking points turned toward hard-left “Resist” statements, i.e. anti-Trump, pro-abortion, anti-gun rights, etc.
Many of their arguments and claims were naive if not childish, often without any factual basis, even just plain false. I was seated next to Ralph and defending gun rights. While we agreed on some points, we countered other claims and demands with reason and facts, and the activists grew more frustrated and aggressive. They demonstrated little knowledge about firearms, gun law, law enforcement, legislative process, etc. They even tried presenting a fake news item and we proved it was untrue.
At one point I told one of the activists, “I am a concealed carrier, and if a terrorist came in that door shooting the place up, I would defend you. Doesn’t that give you comfort?” Incredibly, she said NO! She doesn’t believe I should be allowed to own a gun, and said she would prefer to “talk it out” with the terrorist. That’s when the congressman was asked by another attendee if he is also a concealed carrier. Norman reached into his jacket, pulled out his .38, laid it safely on the table, and stated he is a carrier too, and he would defend himself and them. He said he carries all the time except when he is in Washington, DC and he if anybody comes after him with a gun, he had better be a good shot, because he will be shooting back. The gun wasn’t exposed more than a minute or two.
Nobody was intimidated. Nobody was afraid. Our photo, published in the Rock Hill Herald, shows everybody smiling. Congressman Norman was calm, affable, warm and gentle with these ladies. We all agreed on some of their points. But that wasn’t good enough for them. The congressman did upset one of the ladies by admonishing her for the proliferation of F bombs and other profanity all over her group’s web page. He pointed out that children see Facebook pages too. It is interesting to note that within hours of the incident the Congressman’s Facebook page was filled with vitriol and profanity, some of it from the very people who we met that morning. It appears that these messages have since been “scrubbed”.
After their failed attempt to bully the Congressman, the “Moms” ran directly from the diner to the newspaper office, and their embellished story was printed as gospel by the press. It hit the wires and was instantly viral in the national news media.
Congressman Norman made a statement on his Facebook page, but already the national “Resist” movement had been mobilized, filling his page with expletives, F bombs, and ugly hatred. Norman asked me to help develop a response, and with some media-savvy friends from DC we worked out a plan which has been fairly well received. You have probably seen his second response . We have been getting good support from conservative groups around the country. We set up an interview on Fox and Friends for Monday morning.
This is a pivotal moment for defense of the 2nd Amendment and the NRA. The “Moms” group is funded by and was sent on this mission by out-of-state money and is, as Norman said, hell-bent on eliminating private gun ownership. We believe they were also accompanied by, if not directed by, one of Archie Parnell’s officials. They pretended to be concerned about child safety, but when I questioned them they defended the murder of 650,000 American babies per year by abortionists (latest available statistics), so it’s clear this is not about children for them.
The clip on the right is an example of the kind of people we face from the left (apologies for the language). It takes no small measure of strength and purpose to run for office against today’s brand of Democrats.
Congressman Norman is absolutely on the right side of this battle, and the radical leftists will find that they picked the wrong target for an ambush.
Tom Balek – Rockin’ On the Right Side
Don’t take your guns to town, son
Leave your guns at home, Bill
Don’t take your guns to town
Don’t Take Your Guns to Town – Johnny Cash
Whenever I get a request for a Johnny Cash tune at one of my weekend gigs, I know they are expecting “Folsum Prison Blues”, the standard Cash bar song. But I sing this one instead, the story of a good young man who died defending himself and others against a bad guy.