By Roger J. Katz
New York, N.Y. --(Ammoland.com)- The antigun groups and their political allies in Congress and in State Legislatures across the Country are continually coming up with new strategies to undermine the Second Amendment.
Among them is this one: ignore laws you don’t like.
Of all the strategies they employ to undermine the Second Amendment, this one, perhaps, is the most disturbing.
Why? For this reason: the United States is a Country that is ruled by laws, not men. At least it is supposed to be.
Once the “Rule of Law” is cast aside, despotism takes over.
Case in point: The City of Cleveland is at war with the Ohio Legislature and the U.S. Supreme Court. The City of Cleveland does not like Ohio’s concealed carry law. The City of Cleveland does not like the Supreme Court’s ruling that the right to keep and bear arms is an individual right. So, what does the City of Cleveland do? The City pretends that the Supreme Court’s ruling in Heller doesn’t apply to the City. The City of Cleveland pretends that, notwithstanding Ohio’s concealed carry law, the City may enact restrictive gun ordinances that undercut the State Legislature’s enactments.
In the Editorial Section of the July 20th edition of The Plain Dealer – Cleveland’s mouthpiece for the antigun movement and for the City’s Mayor, Frank Jackson – there is a piece titled, “Provocative Cleveland legislation addresses local firearms violence.” This particular article – so the editorial board tells us – is part of the board’s “Smoking Gun series.” The purpose of the series is to keep a running tally of gun deaths, to quantify the impact of gun violence throughout the county, so the editorial board says.
Well, isn’t that nice? It’s critical for the newspaper’s readers to know that a psychopath or lunatic murdered a person with a gun. But, how many homicides were attributed to some other means? The editorial board doesn’t say. Nor does the editorial board of The Plain Dealer tally the number of lives saved through the presence of a gun. The editorial board stresses one set of statistics to the exclusion of others.
So, the newspaper has an agenda, and that agenda isn’t one focused on preserving America’s Second Amendment. The newspaper, though, would deny that.
In response to one reader’s sarcastic comment as to how the cesspool of Cleveland might be cleaned up, the newspaper points to the current Mayor’s list of “provocative” but supposed “necessary package of legislation.”
“The proposed ordinances would:
• Require felons who committed crimes with firearms to register with the city Department of Public Safety.
• Require the safe and secure storage of firearms away from minors and prohibit the acquisition of more than one firearm within a 90-day period.
• Prohibit the possession or use of a firearm while intoxicated.
• Prohibit carrying a concealed weapon without a permit.
• Prohibit possession of a BB gun, pellet gun, knife, brass knuckles or sword in a public place.
• Prohibit the sale or transfer of a firearm without reporting it to the police.
• Prohibit destroying the serial number and other identifiers on a weapon.
• Prohibit the sale of facsimile firearms.
• Prohibit the sale or possession of slingshots and pea shooters.
• Prohibit the possession or use of stench bombs.”
After reciting this inane list of hoped for City ordinances, The Plain Dealer adds, “these common-sense recommendations do not violate the Second Amendment yet they have already triggered a backlash from activists.” Oh really!
You might wonder at the audacity of the destroyers of our inalienable right to keep and bear arms to sanctify their strategy of destruction, with the ludicrous meme – “common-sense recommendations” – and the ever obligatory tagline, “but of course we do not intend to violate the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution” – as if in the mere saying – it is so. Better it would be were the editorial board simply to keep its mouth shut. For, it is bad enough to work to destroy our Bill of Rights. But, it’s insulting to do so with a smile, rehashing the same tiresome lines, dictated by the puppet masters who treat the American Public as if it were a collection of dunderheads.
Let’s take a look at these so-called common-sense recommendations. There are issues, some obvious, some, perhaps, less so, but they are all troublesome.
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