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The surprise victory of Christine O’Donnell in Delaware’s Senate primary confirms what we’ve suspected all year, ever since the election of Sen. Scott Brown from Massachusetts in January. This year’s critical midterm elections are going to bring real change to Congress. And it won’t be the kind of change favored by the “hope and change” crowd – at least I hope not.

I’ve been taking every possible opportunity this year to talk about the importance of voting in these elections. In May, I visited the National Rifle Association’s Annual Meeting and talked about how just about everything – from U.N. treaties to Supreme Court decisions – are affected by the power of the vote. You can see that speech here on YouTube, if you’d like.

The subject is so important to me that I agreed to serve as Honorary Chairman of the “Trigger the Vote” voter registration campaign that’s funded by the NRA’s Freedom Action Foundation. We recently filmed a new TV commercial for the campaign, and you can see the web spot here on the “Trigger the Vote” website. I hope you’ll take a look. The ad is very comical and has gotten a great reaction from the left and the right alike.

Now, a few people have scratched their heads at the humor in the spot. I’m noticing that those people are generally older and already registered to vote, which underscores the fact that this ad is not targeted at them. The ad is targeted at the members of the younger generation who aren’t registered to vote. I call this generation the Millennials, and the humor in the spot is right up their alley. If you want them to hear your message, you have to speak their language.

And the proof is in the pudding – since the ad debuted, the main campaign website has been racking up new voter registrations by the thousands. Now, these newly minted defenders of freedom can join our ranks on Election Day to help take back our government. I welcome them to the battle.

What are the stakes? They’re huge. Our current president has said himself that he’s more interested in accomplishing his agenda than in being re-elected. Once these midterms are over, the White House will be politically unleashed to wreak havoc by pushing the most extreme policy agenda that its self-appointed social engineers can devise. If you think Obamacare was bad, you ain’t seen nothing yet.

Consider just a few of the policy items coming up on the Second Amendment front. Since 2001, the United Nations has been working to develop a global gun-control treaty. Right at the get-go, John Bolton (Bush’s ambassador to the U.N.) poured cold water on that idea in a fiery speech that ignited world condemnation.

But the ragtag army of delegates pushing for global gun-ban “harmonization” – many representing despots, human rights violators, and tin-pot dictators, by the way – simply bided their time. In 2008 they got the U.S. president they wanted, and new Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wasted no time changing the red flag to green.

Now the U.N. cabal is back to drafting a proposed “Arms Trade Treaty” filled with global disarmament mandates, and this time it’s likely to garner the necessary “consensus” of U.N. delegates, including the United States. The president can sign treaties, but they must be ratified by the U.S. Senate. So only the Senate can keep the citizens of our unsuspecting nation from having the Second Amendment stripped from the parchment of our Bill of Rights. If you live in one of the 38 states hosting a Senate election this year, consider that when you’re deciding whom to support with your ballot.

Closer to home, anti-hunting groups have found a backdoor route for a total ban on traditional ammunition. They have quietly filed a petition with the Environmental Protection Agency demanding a ban on lead ammunition and fishing sinkers. And they just may succeed.

The EPA released the petition for public comment just a few weeks ago. A quick 48 hours later, it reversed course and announced it would not pursue the ban on ammo. What appears to have happened is a case study in managing political risk.

Here’s my theory: The petition was likely routinely issued for public comment by a career bureaucrat duly following procedures. It lit up the gun blogs and then spread quickly to the conservative media. That’s where the political arm of the White House spotted the issue, and it wasted no time throwing a blanket over the notion of banning ammo right before the midterm election. Years from now when the Obama library is opened to the public, I predict there will be at least one e-mail on file from the White House to the EPA asking, “What the heck do you think you’re doing with this?” (or saltier words to the same effect). So the EPA dropped the hot political potato and took the ban on lead ammo off the table.

But that’s not the end of the story. The anti-hunting groups that filed the petition have filed an official protest of this turnaround by EPA, and the issue is likely to end up in court.

More than 95 percent of the ammo on the market today has lead as a component. That supply could disappear literally overnight if the anti-hunting groups succeed. Ammo is in short supply already due to the run sparked by Obama’s election. The enemies of freedom know that banning ammo is a close second to banning guns, and this time they are way too close for comfort. Legislative action may be necessary to forestall the legal wrangling, and that’s yet one more reason to make sure the next Congress is dominated by supporters of our Second Amendment rights.

I’m not the only one urging people to register and vote. My good friend Bubba Bechtol just released one of his daily “Bubbatorials” on the subject. It is very funny!

If you want to check the Second Amendment credentials of the candidates running in your state or district, bookmark the National Rifle Association’s Political Victory Fund website and check back often for updates. That website’s ratings are the gold standard Second Amendment seal of approval!

Whatever your motivation may be, register to vote – now. The deadlines are fast approaching. And on Election Day, cast an informed ballot to protect our Second Amendment rights. Vote freedom first.

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