"A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed." – Second Amendment to the united States Constitution
I don't know how many times one can go over the Second Amendment and not get the clear language contained in it. In fact, I don't know how many times one can read the Constitution and not see that it is not law per se enforced upon the people, but rather enforced upon the federal government, but there are still ignorant, useful idiots in the media that are called "the press," who still don't get it. Or perhaps they do get it, but they are just open communists who are seeking to remove the right to keep and bear arms by Americans. Such may just be the case with the Tampa Bay Times.
In an editorial piece in the Tampa Bay Times titled Public Safety Sacrificed on Altar of NRA, Scott Keeler seems to be having a problem with the right of Americans to keep and bear arms, especially when it comes to the multiple pro-Second Amendment bills that are currently going through the Florida legislature, including one that would allow students to defend themselves on college campuses with guns. Additionally, a bill was defeated, which would have banned backyard shooting ranges.
According to Keeler, all of this is a "blatant disregard for public safety."
"None of these decisions make any practical sense, and their only result will be to stoke more violence," Keeler writes. "Senate Bill 290, which allows gun owners to carry a weapon during a riot, hurricane or other declared state or local emergency, will have the effect of putting more weapons into the hands of nervous people at the very time they are reeling from a crisis. Florida law already allows gun owners to transport their weapons in vehicles even if they don't possess a state-issued concealed weapons permit; this bill is not about helping people who don't want to leave a weapon behind but about allowing them to pack heat on the streets in the most volatile situations. Do hurricane shelters really need a higher level of anxiety?"
Oh, I get it. Scott Keeler wants only criminals to have arms during times of emergency. They desire that law-abiding citizens be unarmed and unprotected. This person actually believes that we live in the Magic Kingdom of Disneyland. They believe that law-abiding people with guns, who have trained themselves and educated themselves to use such weapons cannot be trusted, but thinks nothing of the criminals who care nothing for law, property or the lives of their victims. That is what is going on in this emotional drivel pouring forth from the TBT.
As for the issue of being upset about an incident involving people who shot up another residence with their semi-automatic rifles, while firing them in their backyards, all I can say is making a law would not have stopped them from being stupid nor the house being shot up. Those people should be charged with negligence and made to restore the property. However, a law would not have stopped it from taking place.
"This Legislature continues to put the NRA and weapons before sanity and public safety, without any bounds for what constitutes responsible gun ownership," Keeler claims. "And lawmakers are all too content to dispense with the views of law enforcement when police raise valid concerns about balancing gun rights with law and order."
Actually, if we are honest, the NRA throughout its history has actually eroded the rights of gun owners, as Felix Bronstein has clearly documented here.
However, the punch line of this Tampa Bay Times editorial is, "The answer to more violence and disaster is not more guns, and gun rights are not absolute."
Oh really? Not according to the statistics. Not only is America first in the world in gun ownership, but she is not even in the top 100 countries in terms of murder rates, but most of those murders occur in concentrated areas where this useful idiot's kind of thinking and laws have been applied.
Furthermore, as I have documented before, the town of Kennesaw, Georgia, which has mandated gun ownership since 1982, saw burglaries drop significantly and the town's website even promotes the fact that it has the lowest crime rate in the entire county.
In fact, from 1982 to 2009, Kennesaw had been nearly murder free, with one murder occurring in 2007. In 2010, three murders took place. Guess where that happened? If you said a gun-free zone, you are correct. So, the only place in Kennesaw where murder was actually an issue was in a place where the rights of people to keep and bear arms were denied.
The government is not given authority to infringe in any way on the rights of the people. Any legislator who proposes any type of legislation to do so should be considered an enemy of the people as he is the one who said he understood such language and said he would uphold such language.
Gun rights are absolute. They are absolutely necessary to defend life, liberty and property. They are, as the Declaration of Independence pronounces, inalienable God-given rights given to us by our Creator, the Lord Jesus Christ. If someone misuses their weapon to harm or murder someone else they should be brought to justice for such crimes, but that is not a reflection either the arm (whatever type it is) or the rights protected under the Second Amendment.
Perhaps this Tampa Bay Times editor needs a lesson in the Constitution. I would be happy to make sure he got a full course on the issue if he merely clicks on the Contact button at the top of the page, but my guess is that he isn't interested in being educated, but is more interested in being the useful idiot that he is.Don't forget to Like Freedom Outpost on Facebook, Google Plus, & Twitter. You can also get Freedom Outpost delivered to your Amazon Kindle device here.