Monday, June 26, 2017

The 2nd Amendment - a Second-Class Right?

Is the government required, by the 2nd Amendment, to allow us to carry a gun outside the home? The Constitution that provides the basic moral framework of our country says yes. In a 7-2 denial of certiorari, the US Supreme Court says no. 

Justice Thomas dissents, "For those of us who work in marbled halls, guarded constantly by a vigilant and dedicated police force, the guarantees of the Second Amendment might seem anti­quated and superfluous. But the Framers made a clear choice: They reserved to all Americans the right to bear arms for self-defense. I do not think we should stand by idly while a State denies its citizens that right, particularly when their very lives may depend on it. I respectfully dissent."

With today's Supreme Court denial of cert in Peruta vs San Diego, Justice Thomas's dissent brings up a point many of us have been making for years. Liberal politicians, businesspeople, and anti-gun activists who have armed security actively work against the 2nd Amendment rights of the common people. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) said, regarding the NYPD selling bribing citizen’s concealed carry permits: “If it is difficult to get a concealed weapon permit, I’m glad to hear that”, while in the same interview, “I think we deserve, need to be protected down here.”

There is a stark difference between that and Thomas Massie’s response to the Virginia baseball shooting: "I don't want to extend a special privilege just to congressmen. I recognize that everyone has the right to defend themselves, and that's in the Constitution." There’s currently a bill to introduce nationwide Concealed Carry reciprocity in addition to Massie’s new bill for DC to accept all state’s Concealed Carry permits. Sadly, it’s not even just leftists that couldn’t give a shit about the common people. Barry Loudermilk (R-GA), understandably concerned about his own security, called for reciprocity for Congress and staffers.

The 2nd Amendment wasn’t written for elites. It was written for the common people to not only defend themselves but also rise against the government should it be needed. The fact that 7 of our 9 Supreme Court justices don’t care that the rights of people in several states are being actively denied proves that it’s not about guns, it’s all about control. I’m reminded of anti-gun politician Leland Yee here. Yee was a Californian State Representative who, despite being publicly anti-gun, sold weapons to terrorists overseas. Or Congress exempting itself from Obamacare AND Trumpcare.

The Political Elite do not care about you, me, or Joe Schmoe down the street. They have private security. “What’s that? You can’t afford armed guards? Too bad. Guns for me, but not for thee.”

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Are we the Wild West again? National Concealed Carry Reciprocity and Blood in the Streets.

I harp on gun rights a lot (ad nauseum to some of you, I'm sure) but one thing to note is that while correlation is not causation, it's certainly hard to ignore the correlation between the massive decrease in gun crime over the last 25 years with the increase in carry rights nationwide. The image here shows the current right to carry, with Alabama and NH vying for the next Constitutional carry spot.
This shows the changes to Concealed Carry over time:

One thing to notice about this gif, while the opening image deals with Concealed AND Open Carry, this denotes whether the permits are May-Issue or Shall-Issue. Shall Issue states the as long as the requirements are met for you to possess the license to carry, you will be granted it. In contrast, states like California, New York and New Jersey can arbitrarily deny you a carry license.

This data on RTC correlates with the massive drop in the mid-nineties and even HuffPo can't deny that violence is at an all time low. One problem I have when talking to someone who champions "Common Sense Gun Laws" is that most of them plug their ears when I say "How about getting rid of Gun-Free Zones?" They assume I want more "blood in the streets" and "Are you kidding? More guns doesn't solve the problem!" That's not it at all. In fact, Law Enforcement Officers tend to agree that Right-to-carry helps them in their job more than it hinders.

What I suggest overall: Allow Concealed Carriers to carry in "Gun-Free Zones", which I've talked about before, and treat my license to carry like my driver's license, make it valid in all 50 states.

Liberal Gun Control hasn't worked. It's time to listen to the opposing opinion for once.