In the interests of full disclosure let me first say that I am a card-carrying Yellow Dog Democrat, and I’m the most Yellow Dog you’ll ever meet. I also don’t believe there is any contradiction between being a Yellow Dog and a Gun Nut – I happen to be both. Right now I only own about 60 guns which is kind of light.
I have also never been a Single Issue voter. So when I go to vote in my state’s primary election (because in the general election I just yank the Democratic lever and walk out) I vote based on how the candidates measure up along various lines.
But this year is different. This year I am a single-issue voter, and the issue has to do with guns. So why does a bone-fide Gun Nut believe that he has to vote the gun issue which means voting against Trump? Because Trump’s embrace of the gun culture is not really just about guns. It’s a menacing and dangerous effort to validate violence as a way to conduct human affairs. And I am opposed to violence – personal violence, state-sponsored violence, any and all kinds of violence, so I am determined to do what I can to stop Donald Trump.
With this column I am starting my Get It? Campaign, and every day I will send out a new Get It? post with the number of days left until we vote on November 8th. Right now we are at Day 149 which seems like a lot of time, but its’ going to dwindle down fast. So I am hoping that my daily posting with a number that keeps getting smaller will spur everyone in GVP-land to respond. And I don’t need anyone to respond to me – but we all need to do what we can.
There are roughly 240 million Americans who are of voting age, of whom probably 160 million don’t own guns. Let’s be honest – the gun-owning population, particularly gun owners who really like owning guns, are inundated every day by massive and endless media from the other side. Take a look at the map of battleground states. They are all gun-rich states where just a slight shift of votes can determine who will sit in the Oval Office for the next four years. This is why doing something every day to stop Trump is of utmost importance for GVP. This is why I’m going to remind GVP every day of how many days remain.
Get it? If you don’t, you can kiss GVP goodbye in just 149 more days.