Smear merchants; pro-freedom reform

“Smear merchants” who want to smear you, blame your Second Amendment-protected rights for crime and block every pro-gun, pro-freedom reform of President Donald Trump.

They’re coming out of the woodwork. The lies, the distortions, the baseless accusations of racism and hatred and the just plain mean-spirited political vindictiveness — they’re like nothing we’ve ever seen here in the nation’s capital.

They’re going to do everything they can to stop, block, defeat, derail, overturn, reject, filibuster, sit-down strike and circumvent every pro-gun, pro-Second Amendent nominee, bill or policy that President Trump proposes.

The forces arrayed against us are gathering money, manpower and momentum fast. They’re using their defeat in November as a fundraising tool. Their donors are furious over losing and they’re opening their checkbooks like never before.

And let’s face it, for billionaire elites like Michael Bloomberg and George Soros, the hundreds of millions they spent on last year’s elections amount to nothing more than a rounding error — a day’s worth of interest on their bottomless bank accounts.

Their goal is the same as it’s always been: to eliminate the right to keep and bear arms for everyone except themselves, their security details and their fellow billionaire elitists.

They’ll attack every Supreme Court appointee Trump dares to nominate, lecturing him or her with all the sneering outrage and innuendo they can conjure. And if you think the Senate confirmation hearings for Clarence Thomas or Robert Bork were ugly, you haven’t seen anything yet.

They’ll try to spike every pro-Second Amerndment regulation or reform that Trump proposes with ominous warnings of how it’s the cause of inner city killings or how it’s part of the some larger evil agenda.

And they’ll slur you with every name in the book — racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Isbamaphobic, you name it, to quote Hillary Clinton — to try to discredit you, embarrass you, silence you and demonize you in the eyes of the public.

And with a lying, deceitful, shamelessly partisan national media machine behind them, they’ll exploit every crisis, politicize every tragedy and fan the flames of every controversy to try to control the narrative in order to attack your freedoms.

We must stop anti-gun extremists like Schumer, Pelosi, Blumental, Murphy, Daubin and other anti-gun smear merchants accross Capitol Hill.

ALFRED B. PETTIT JR.

Gloversville