With the election of Donald Trump and his potential appointments to the Supreme Court and lower appellate courts, gun rights supporters are overjoyed with the prospect that our rights will now be upheld, protected, and defended, at least at the federal level, for the next generation or so.
This is the part where I’m supposed to get excited that at least a simple majority of unaccountable government appointed lawyers may decide if I can keep my rights or liberties that have already been stripped by elected tyrants IF the right plaintiff with standing files suit against ONE out of the THOUSANDS of laws passed in states all over the country and federally, and ONLY IF those unaccountable government appointed lawyers even decide to hear the case at all, and then IF we can count on them actually ruling in the Constitution’s favor, Roberts.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s better than having a majority of Bad Girl Ginsburgs, Wise Latina Sotomayors, and Cropped Haired Kagans as Hillary Clinton no doubt would have appointed, but how many times have we been down this road? We believe we have true Constitutionalists on the court, only to get them rewriting the law from the bench, doing legal and constitutional gymnastics to push through an unpopular or unconstitutional policy preference, Roberts.
But not to worry. Not only will we now have a supposed majority on the Supreme Court and a supposedly pro gun and supposedly Republican President, but we also have a supposedly Republican majority in the House of Representatives and the Senate. They have two bills ready and waiting for President-Elect Trump to sign that are so pro gun rights that we’re nearly wetting ourselves in anticipation: the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act which will allow a carry license in one state to be recognized in all states, and the Hearing Protection Act which will remove suppressors from NFA restrictions.
So let me get this straight…
We control the Supreme Court. We control the Presidency and both houses of Congress for the first time in 88 years. We can literally do anything we want within the confines of the Constitution, and we’re circle-jerking to the prospect of us getting federal government permission to retain our state government permission for a revocable license to protect ourselves in another state while walking around outside, AND having the ability to put what amounts to a muffler on our guns so we don’t go deaf while defending our lives, which is already legal in 39 states with federal permission and a tax of $200 which will, thank God, be done away with if this bill is signed.
Yay! We’re saved! The Second Amendment lives!
We’ve waited nearly four generations for a moment like this, and we’re slobbering over chicken scraps thrown to us by our own servants.
I have to give it to Democrats, at least they know how to wield power for the limited time they have it. They crammed through 3000 pages of “you have to pass it to find out what’s in it” and tens of thousands of pages of rules and regulations to control 1/7th of our economy, and we’re now over here getting our bellies rubbed with a “there you go, good boy, look what we did for you, now keep licking our boots because who loves you more?”
Nobody knows how to squander an opportunity or a mandate like a Republican. There will never be another moment like this for probably another 90 years because they’ll screw this up somehow, and we’ll continue to say, “well, maybe next time our guys get elected we’ll get to do something about this.”
You say you support the Second Amendment? You give lip service to liberty and freedom? You say you have a mandate? Prove it. This is your moment, grab it like the Donald.
You had the time, energy, and lawyers to rewrite the National Firearms Act of 1934 to specifically exclude suppressors. That tells me you still want the rest of the NFA restrictions on our liberty in place. I guess that makes sense, after all it was under a Republican administration that a woman named Vicki and her 14 year old son Sam were shot to death during a siege over what was ostensibly an unpaid $200 tax bill for a barrel being shorter than the NFA allowed without government permission.
This is the same convoluted NFA that, when interpreted by the BATFE, defines this as a pistol:
And this as a short barreled rifle, subject to NFA restrictions that if not followed properly can earn you years in a federal pound-me-in-the-rear prison:
I’ll make this really easy for you Republican lawmakers: instead of just singling out suppressors, draw a line through the entire US Code that constitutes the National Firearms Act of 1934. That’s right, repeal it as if Obama signed it himself.
And while you’re at it, repeal the Gun Control Act of 1968, the Firearm Owners Protection Act (specifically the Hughes Amendment) of 1986, and the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act of 1993, and abolish the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.
Every single one of these federal laws violate the rights and liberties of the American people. While the courts may rule whether a law infringes on the fundamental aspect of a right (meaning the law prevents the ability to exercise a right), it does nothing to address the overall liberty that has been denied by these laws. We either believe in liberty or we believe in government permission, and it cannot be denied that every federal law stated above violates our liberties.
The Miller decision occurred in 1938. It took 70 years for the Supreme Court to rule on another 2nd Amendment case. The Heller decision which upheld the 2nd Amendment as an individual right happened in 2008. The MacDonald decision which made the 2nd Amendment applicable to the states via the 14th Amendment was in 2010. How long does it take a state or the federal government to start recognizing our rights? I seem to remember homosexuals demanding government permission to get marriage licenses immediately after the Supreme Court gave them government permission to do so.
But what difference does it make? The only line of Scalia’s 64-page majority opinion on Heller that Democrats even read and can repeat verbatim is “The Second Amendment is not unlimited…. [it’s] not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose” which they interpret as a green light to pass any gun control law they want, rendering the decision meaningless.
Start fighting for our 2A rights the way only you can, Republican lawmakers. You have the ability now to repeal every single one of these laws AND put into place protections against state encroachment. Call it the “Second Amendment Protection Act”. Make it apply to the states through the federal supremacy and preemption clause, or withhold federal funding to a state until they recognize the people’s fundamental right to arms.
“But we don’t want to look like extremists! We need to reach across the aisle and…” (insert meme of Batman slapping Robin across the face). Did the Democrats give a flying rat feces what you Republicans thought when they had power? How did Obama put it, “They can come for the ride, but they gotta sit in back”?
I can guarantee when the bill to deregulate suppressors is brought up, it’ll be attacked, demonized, and called extremist, that you’re giving assassins the ability to murder silently in the night. Rachel Maddow will go out and buy a set of pearls just so she can clutch them on live TV.
When are you Republicans going to learn that it doesn’t matter how much you try to NOT look “extremist” in the defense of liberty or how little of a bone you throw us, you will be attacked by Democrats and the entire media for doing so? Everything you do is going to be met with scorn, disapproval, and trumped up fake push poling. Everything.
Say it with me: “they’re going to call me a racist, sexist, bigot, homophobe who wants puppies, kittens, and unaborted transgendered children to be mass murdered by machine guns, no matter what I do.” Repeat.
Since this is the case, give us everything we sent you there for. We won, they lost. Start acting like it.
To the rest of us peasants: House Republicans have formed the Congressional Second Amendment Caucus. Contact those members and push for a full repeal of federal gun control laws, and replace them with a federal supremacy and preemption bill regarding the protection of our right to arms.
And contact your own representatives. Share this article with them and anywhere else you can. Light this fire.
Unless Republicans really are just the other wing of the big government pigeon that dumps on us as it flies overhead, who believe they can simply run the existing tyranny better than the left wing, they need to fully support our rights and liberties, and start getting rid of these laws.
Punish the criminal misuse of all guns severely, like up to the point that the ACLU needs to file suit against you for violations of the 8th Amendment’s “no cruel and unusual punishments” clause, but decriminalize our rights and liberty. This needs to be our mandate.