Two States Lead the Charge Against Gun Rights and the Second Amendment

With America’s 240th birthday having just passed, two of our states lead the charge to remove one of the most basic of rights guaranteed by the Constitution. Hawaii became the first state to share gun owner information with an FBI database. Meanwhile, California passed a series of new laws limiting magazine capacity – further restricting detachable magazine possession and increasing penalties for those conducting straw purchases.

Liberals and other anti-gun fanatics are probably dancing in the streets with visions of the National Guard marching through the streets of San Francisco or Oahu collecting firearms from otherwise-law-abiding citizens. For this small but vocal portion of American society, the 2nd Amendment is disposable; it is one of those rights which they feel has run its course and must now be shelved before it interferes with their current image of the modern worldly America. But what would these same wise visionaries have to say of it were their other rights, the ones they actually exercise, which were in danger of being forcibly dissolved?

What would the liberal left wing supporters of California’s latest measure have to say if the government limited their ability to view radical, left wing news sights on their smart phones to 10 visits per month? What if this same government limited your sharing of such stories via social media to only those stories containing less than three external links capable of providing additional information? It sounds ridiculous doesn’t it?

Gun RightsLet’s not forget Hawaii. What do you think would happen if on Friday it was announced that all residents were required to register their preferred religion with the County Clerk? Of course, the County Clerk will not be the sole recipient of that information; it will immediately be shared with the FBI, Homeland Security and the IRS. Still feeling protected?

Of course, no one would stand for such dangerous and frightening violations of our Constitution. If any of these measures were ever attempted, the streets would be lined with protestors, courts packed with attorneys’ filing motions and whole neighborhoods would shut down.  But, when it comes to the 2nd Amendment, the one which has allowed many of the others to exist, the chaos and protests occurs when the right to keep and bear arms is upheld.

No one would stand for prison officials deciding prisoners could only be granted access to a lawyer after first proving they had a valid reason for needing legal counsel. I doubt there would be any less outrage if individual states tomorrow prohibited the possession or purchase of alcoholic beverages by anyone. But, as is often the case, those same theories or practices can be applied to the 2nd Amendment or firearms without an eye blinking or head turning.

It is time for all Americans to remember that there are no second class rights – all are guaranteed and equally worthy of our protection. I have the right to freely own and utilize my firearms. My liberal neighbor has the right to protest my weekly hunting trips. My grandmother has the right to pray for both of our souls. This is the system which has not only made America great but separated us from everyone else. If we want to make America great again, we simply need to start acting like Americans again.

Disclaimer: The content in this article is the opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of US Patriot Tactical.

Tom Burrell

Tom Burrell

Tom enlisted in the US Marine Corps Reserves in 1987. Following service in Desert Storm, he transitioned to active duty with the US Coast Guard. In 1997 he left the USCG to pursue a position in conservation & maritime law enforcement. Tom is currently a Captain and he oversees several programs, including his agency investigation unit. He is also a training instructor in several areas including firearms, defensive tactics and first aid/CPR. In 2006 Tom received his Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Harrisburg Area Community College and in 2010 a Bachelor’s Degree from Penn State University.
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