United States – -(AmmoLand.com)- Before you know it, 2022 will be here. But there is a lot of work to be done before the November elections. In fact, how successful Second Amendment supporters are in 2022 could depend on what happens now.
Why is that? Because many candidates are going to run in primaries. These elections are a chance for Second Amendment supporters to have an outsized impact on the November 2022 elections. This is because primary turnout is much lower than that in a general election, and therefore it is a way to shape the landscape favorably.
But before the primary elections, Second Amendment supporters need to vet the candidates who are running so that the best candidate is running in the general election next November. This matters a lot, because there have been past disappointments like Larry Hogan and Adam Kinzinger.
The task of vetting candidates will be particularly important at the local level. As Kenosha shows, the local prosecutor and county sheriff, among other local officials, can have a massive impact on our Second Amendment rights, especially when it comes to situations involving self-defense.
State legislative elections can also be easily affected in the primaries. You will often find that some of them will eventually move up to statewide office or to Congress. These state and local offices are where we can develop future candidates for higher office. Think of the state and local offices as something akin to your favorite major league baseball team’s farm system.
This sort of vetting needs to happen very early in the process of choosing our elected officials. As Joel Pollack noted in discussing the 2020 election, elections aren’t just the casting of votes, they are a process. Why do you think it is so important to resist campaign finance “reform” schemes, Silicon Valley censorship, corporate gun control, financial deplatforming, and the witch hunts that place every Second Amendment advocacy group at risk?
When we point out that Second Amendment supporters need to work hard to defeat anti-Second Amendment extremists via the ballot box at the federal, state, and local levels, the work to do that starts in almost the immediate aftermath of the elections just held. Second Amendment supporters must learn the lessons from prior elections, and you get ready to find Second Amendment champions who can win the next ones.
The fact of the matter is that what is done today will affect the elections of 2022. So, it’s well past time for Second Amendment supporters to start vetting the candidates for office, and letting their fellow citizens know.
About Harold Hutchison
Writer Harold Hutchison has more than a dozen years of experience covering military affairs, international events, U.S. politics and Second Amendment issues. Harold was consulting senior editor at Soldier of Fortune magazine and is the author of the novel Strike Group Reagan. He has also written for the Daily Caller, National Review, Patriot Post, Strategypage.com, and other national websites.