We may have already passed the point of no return in this nation. We have changed from a nation of doers to a nation of takers. When even the so-called Conservatives demand that the rest of us pay for the health care of those who cannot or will not pay for it on their own, when the average citizen seems totally unconcerned about a national debt exceeding $20 trillion, and numerous states, representing possibly a majority of the population of the nation see the banning of firearms and general treatment of gun owners as misfits and criminals, we may be beyond the tipping point. Like it or not, much of America sees the 2nd Amendment as an antiquated relic of the past. They see giving the government more and more control over our lives as reasonable and even desirable. They have relinquished individual responsibility and accountability in favor of subservience to the government and their "leaders". As a veteran, retired U.S. Army officer, Life member in the NRA, and a patriot, I know that I am viewed by even members of my own family as a "right wing gun nut". When I tell my NY relatives that I carry a concealed firearm so as to be able to defend myself and my loved ones because "when seconds count the police are only minutes away" I get a "deer in the headlights look" of total incomprehension. And when half the nation's voters support a vehement anti 2nd Amendment candidate such as Hilary Clinton we may be beyond hope. I will keep fighting the good fight, but I often feel like Davy Crockett must have felt swinging his Kentucky long rifle when he could no longer fire as the Alamo fell to the Mexican tyrant Santa Ana.