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Gun Writer Feeling Backlash after Choosing Hillary and ‘Immigration’ over RKBA

Can you truly be a “pro-gun Democrat” if you support Obama and Hillary, and if you are helping clear a “pathway to citizenship” for millions who will overwhelmingly vote “anti-gun”?

“He was a contributor to American Rifleman. He is not a current contributor,” Chip Lohman, the Deputy Executive Director of NRA Publications, said about freelance writer Jorge Amselle. He was responding to an inquiry about Amselle’s status after the gun community learned he was supporting Hilary Clinton for president, and viewed “immigration” as an issue of more personal concern than the right to keep and bear arms.

How the story developed over the past few days has been documented since breaking over the weekend, including how some professional trainers and writers have leapt to Amselle’s defense, reserving their hostility for the messenger. That’s comparably unimportant. What every activist gun owner should understand is why Amselle’s position – and the position of all supporting Hillary’s amnesty / pathway to citizenship – would, if actualized, spell the death of legal recognition of the Second Amendment.

“Hillary will introduce comprehensive immigration reform with a pathway to full and equal citizenship within her first 100 days in office,” Clinton’s campaign website promises. That means they’ll be eligible to vote.

And how will they vote? We have two very strong indicators.

First, we have credible reports from a variety of sources:

  • “82% of foreign-born Hispanics think controlling gun ownership is more important than protecting gun ownership rights…”
  • NewsTaco: “For Latinos gun control is common sense.”
  • NBC News: “On Gun Control, A GOP Disconnect With Latino Voters.”
  • DCClothesline: “Most Hispanics favor gun control, a Democrat-controlled Congress, and Hillary as president.”
  • Talking Points Memo: “Huge Majority of Latinos Back Stricter Gun Laws.”
  • Latino Decisions: “Latino voters favor gun restrictions.”
  • The Washington Times: “Hispanics already in Democratic corner for 2016.”

Second, we have the real-world experience of places like California, where we get a pretty good idea of how demographics correlate with overwhelming Democrat majorities and resultant gun laws.

Democrat affinity for immigration, both legal and illegal, becomes obvious when you look at the numbers, as Pew research did in its“Political Party Affiliation among Hispanics” poll. Whether you look at all, at registered voters, at native born, foreign born, unauthorized, legal permanent residents or foreign-born US citizens, that affiliation is overwhelmingly Democrat. Refuting those who would have us believe eventual assimilation will create more political homogeneity, the lop-sidedness continues as time goes on. Only 10 percent identify as Republicans after “20 years or more.”

And no, of course I’m not implying that an “R” automatically makes you a friendly.  There are plenty willing to sell us out over cheap labor for their patrons. They were the ones who tried and failed to torpedo Hillary’s opponent, with some still effectively (or overtly) working to elect her.

Hillary is the key here. So I have a challenge for Mr. Amselle and for those “pro-gunners” supporting him who are inclined to let personal loyalties overshadow everything else:

  • Can you produce credible data – not opinion, not anecdotes – something that can be independently validated, that “amnesty” and a “pathway to citizenship” for MILLIONS of foreign nationals in this country illegally (and legally, with CURRENT culturally suicidal policies) WILL NOT overwhelmingly favor Democrats and anti-gunners?
  • Can you show us your sources and methodologies for determining this WILL NOT result in supermajorities in state and federal legislatures that will then be able to pass all kinds of anti-gun edicts?
  • And can you demonstrate how this WILL NOT result in nominations and confirmations of judges to the Supreme and federal courts who will uphold those edicts and reverse gains made to date?

If you can’t, and if you still think that shouldn’t be a deal-breaker for who you support, you’re part of the problem and arguably more dangerous to gun owners who trust you than any Democrat.

Contrary to how those asking such questions will be portrayed as a way to chill the discussion, it’s not racist and it’s not xenophobic — it’s merely making certain that U.S. policy on immigration comports with a primary function of Constitutional government, that the laws “secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.” You’ll note the same people playing that card aren’t accusing Mexico of racism for its “common sense” laws.



David Codrea blogs at The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance (, and is a field editor/columnist for GUNS Magazine. Named “Journalist of the Year” in 2011 by the Second Amendment Foundation for his groundbreaking work on the “Fast and Furious” ATF “gunwalking” scandal, he is a frequent event speaker and guest on national radio and television programs.



  1. I reside in a region of the country that is 90+% white, non-Hispanic. Many here mouth the words about the sanctity of gun rights but are too lazy to do anything about it. I sponsored a gun rights ordinance for my county and lobbied for its passage. I asked for support at the weekly meetings – one guy showed up – one. The next week, unbidden by me, a person showed up to testify in support of the ordinance – a young Hispanic man who relocated to this area from LA. About 9 months earlier there was an impassioned appeal by a Cuban immigrant to the state Senate Judiciary Committee, opposing gun control. By and large, Hispanic immigrants that I’ve known have strong family values, believe in free enterprise and deeply embrace a strong work ethic. Give me any one of those folks versus any ten of the union hacks that are “born American” – recognize and reward character and personal merit – that’s how we “Make America Great Again.”

    1. Apparently you didn’t read the article or are intellectually or morally incapable of acknowledging it.

      What’s your point? That two anecdotes means we should ignore 55 years of overwhelming, empirical population evidence? Two anecdotes means that in reality the vast majority of Hispanics actually vote pro-gun, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary? I appreciate their testimony, but it doesn’t give them or you the right to keep the spigot open on immigration, nor do your anecdotes make the immigration deluge any less suicidal.

      I know plenty of pro-gun, conservative Hispanics. So what? Relatively speaking it’s the exception, not the rule.

      FACT: Most citizens of Hispanic descent are left leaning and anti-gun. If we were to have 50 years of low immigration, they could be fully assimilated, and that would not be fatal.

      FACT: The vast majority of Hispanic *immigrants* are left-leaning and anti-gun. That wouldn’t be such a problem if the flow was a trickle, as it was from the 1920s under Coolidge through the 1950s under Eisenhower. But when it’s a progressive deluge, as it has been since 1960, they begin to culturally terraform the USA and overwhelm the relatively conservative native-born citizenry’s voting control of OUR country. A non-violent coup d’etat. A takeover without a shot fired.

      Fact is, the alleged Hispanic immigrant’s “strong family values” do NOT correlate with or translate into true conservatism. Part of that “naturally conservative” fairy tale stems from the ridiculous assumption that Catholics in general are somehow “naturally conservative”. NOT born out by the evidence. Quite the contrary. Catholics tend to vote more “liberal” than Protestants.

      This fairy tale goes on to assume that Hispanic Catholics are somehow even MORE conservative, despite the clear and overwhelming evidence of their culture and the results of that alleged “natural conservatism” (see Mexico). Breeding like a rodent is NOT a conservative, liberty value.

      *Personally* opposing abortion does NOT translate into voting pro-life at the ballot box. Hispanics still vote overwhelmingly Democrat, even though they know that’s the party of partial birth abortion on demand. Obviously, for those Hispanics who are personally anti-abortion — not all are — that priority is WAY down on the list of priorities for the typical Hispanic voter. What’s way up on the priorities? All the goodies the Democrats hand out, like welfare, food stamps, “free” government education, “free” health care, “free” citizenship, etc.

  2. So, David—how many apologies have come flooding in to you since Jorge validated your original post on the topic?

  3. Most people in America who speak Spanish are not Hispanic, they are Latinos. The majority are of course Mexican. Cubans are COMPLETELY different than Mexicans and the rest of other Latinos in their politics. Most have always voted Republican except with obuma’s second term I’m told. Trumps comments on immigration have been wisely used against him by leftist media which is what most Latinos watch. If Trump, could sell conservatism as Ronald Reagan could, there would be way more Latinos (and blacks) voting for the (R) Party.

    1. “Ah. Well then I guess the big mystery is, who gathered all those remarkably different cultures together and taught them all how to park their cars on their lawns?”
      -Detective Graham Walters, character in the 2004 film “Crash”

  4. I escaped from a Socialist Democratic country, joined US Army, served and discharged honorably with CIB and become VFW and NRA lifer. I wasn’t born in the US but I am very proud of my US citizenship and ability to support and defend the US constitution. There are many different immigrants out there with absolutely no interest in defending US constitution. He is getting close to one of them. I’d kick them out myself if it is possible.

    1. Sounds like Well Earned citizenship. ‘That which is hard-earned with blood, sweat, tears and sacrifice is what is treasured most and fought to retain. That which is given can become easily given away and lost forever’.

    2. Glad you made it here, and thank you for your service.

      As for Jorge Amselle, isn’t his being a Democrat who supports Hillary AND the 2A …….. isn’t that like him standing on a chair with a noose around his neck, just to see what it feels like?

  5. I honestly believe Jorge is afflicted with a twin disorder. I believe he is suffering a bout of intellectual laziness…a sort of cerebral siesta, if you will…made worse by a severe case of ideological myopia. The cure? Read the 5,000 Year Leap and call me in the morning!

  6. You cannot support the 2nd Amendment and support Hillary Clinton — period! You may not like Trump, but there is nothing unconstitutional about the things he wants to do. Hillary has shown contempt for the rule of law all her adult life.

    Jorge Amselle has lost all credibility with me.

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