Before my transformation into a gun-rights activist, I used the internet for normal people’s things. I searched for worthless info, I enjoyed a good video now and then, and occasionally posted on social media platforms. I never really thought about what my actions meant, and I thought very little about protecting my 2nd Amendment rights.
Now I routinely scour social media for the latest tidbits of info and consider myself a front-line soldier in the war against the right to bear arms. This has shaped the way I approach many ways of life, some good (I am more prone to carry a firearm) and some negative (I get grumpy after reading too much news). It has made me re-think some of my life choices. Many of the choices have to do with how I spend my time, and my money, both of which may go a long way to helping support the 2nd Amendment than voting.
The recent actions of Shopify are a perfect example of the current tactics being employed by anti-gun persons. It is someone’s right to control who utilizes their services (no shoes, no shirt, no service). We live in a free country, and I’m thankful for that. What we need to realize though is that while they may be unable to enact legislation that will prohibit gun ownership, they can work to try and make gun ownership all but impossible. This isn’t a new tactic, but it may be new to some. It also reveals a spiderweb of lines in the sand that we as gun owners need to decide for ourselves if we want to step over, each and every time.
Walmart and Dick’s Sporting Goods and their policy changes this spring raised a lot of ire amongst gun owners and gun rights groups, but those actions are old news now. The effect those decisions had on their bottom lines have been made, in fact, if you look at their earnings report for 2018, you don’t see that much of a difference, because guns are a small part of the outdoors world, and in the case of Walmart, it meant next to nothing to them at all. My intention isn’t to hold someone accountable to a boycott, that doesn’t interest me, but instead to encourage each and every one of you to be diligent in researching where you spend your money, to research who benefits the most from your actions.
There are just under 1 million websites using Shopify (at least that’s what Google told me, who interestingly enough could be the focus of this article) and no doubt at some point or another you have supported Shopify with an online purchase or two. Their recent policy change will do damage to a lot of gun stores that make a living off of internet purchases, this won’t affect large box stores or mega-companies, this is an attack against the small business owners of the gun industry. This is not something we can abide by. You’ve heard it said “vote your conscience”, now I say “buy your conscience”. If you’re shopping online, check the site to see if it is powered by Shopify. If it is, contact the company directly and advise them that you are not doing business with Shopify and ask them if they have another way to make a purchase. If they don’t, inform them you’ll be shopping elsewhere.
I can understand how difficult it is to try and navigate this labyrinth, but it’s worth the extra work, nothing less than the future of our nation is at stake. Not every decision will benefit our cause, nor will every action hurt it. I can only offer this. If we want to continue having the right to bear arms, we need to find more ways than just voting to make changes. And the most powerful check and balance system in America is the mighty dollar, let’s take it from those who don’t deserve it, and give it to the ones that want to build a better future.
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