USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- It’s that time of year we begin to see red at the statehouse. By orange, I mean red T-shirt clad, loud-mouth and woefully misinformed men and (mostly) women representing the gun-hating group of Moms Demand Action masquerading as a “gun safety” group (whatever that means to them?). Like you, I’m still searching for the “gun safety” class they teach or even an instructor, for that matter, who has taught a Moms Demand Action “gun safety” course. Note to self, there isn’t one, anywhere, so you might as well stop looking.
Nonetheless, when I say it’s that time of year, I am specifically referring to the screechers showing up at the statehouse to demand implementation of their version of “common sense,” “gun safety” measures. As usual, they were out in Georgia, right on cue, about 300 of them according to a Fox 5 Atlanta story (I have no reason to doubt it), on Wed, Feb. 19th doing what they do including holding signs, screeching, chanting and otherwise trying to intimidate lawmakers in a red state to change the gun laws to reflect their freedom-hating ways.
To be fair, this is America and those in attendance have every right to stand on the steps of the capitol building and do what they do, as loud as they want. I love this country precisely for our fundamental rights which include our right to free speech and assembly, as they demonstrated, but for the life of me, I have trouble with the disconnect of a group of Americans, exercising one fundamental right for the sole purpose of limiting another. Color me funny, but that has always baffled me. Exercising your freedom to become less free? Weird, but I digress.
As the Fox 5 camera panned to a young woman appearing to be in her early 30’s, she looked into the lens and said, “Today I’m here to advocate for gun safety.” Of course, the reporter on scene at the groups annual “Advocacy Day” screech fest didn’t ask her to elaborate; however, it didn’t take long to figure it out. The Bloomberg funded rights haters were there to oppose GA HB 2, the constitutional or permitless carry bill (If tyou live in GA please contact your reps and tell them to support this bill) that is awaiting a hearing in the House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee, and supporting a bill expanding domestic violence legislation that adds more people to a secret list of those who can have their guns confiscated. (It’s never enough for this group).
As it stands today and as you already know regardless of where you live, if you have a permit to carry a gun, you paid a fee (tax) for that right to carry. Here in Georgia, it’s about $77.00. The move to constitutional carry, as in other states, is gaining momentum here and while there are some behind the scenes politics in play, we have a new governor, Brian Kemp who ran on his pro-rights agenda.
In other words, he’ll sign the bill, has pledged to do so, and the gun haters know it. So there you have it. The young woman apparently believes that “gun safety” means stopping me from carrying a firearm without government permission or at the very least, making it more difficult and expensive for me to do so.
So. There I sat, reading, watching, and talking about a group of fellow Americans who willfully, and ignorantly, use their first amendment rights for the sole purpose of taking away our second amendment rights. They do so as a well funded, highly organized and well-oiled machine of paid pied pipers, marching to the flute played by multi-billionaire gun grabbers. In the process, they appear unaware of the fact they are advocating for the loss of not only my freedoms but their own as well.
That got me thinking: I wonder how they would feel if a well-funded, well-oiled group of other Americans used the second amendment to come after their first amendment?
Oh, right about now I can hear the socialists accusing me of threatening the gun-haters. Nope, as usual, they would be dead wrong. The point I’m making is law-abiding Americans don’t use their gun rights to attack other Americans, thereby proving once again that the whole lot of them are after us, not the bad guys. After all, if 100 million Americans with guns were a problem, wouldn’t they already know it?
Their political endgame being complete civilian disarmament, not “gun safety,” you can count on them continuing to use one fundamental right to destroy another.
~ Mark Walters
About Mark Walters
Mark Walters is the host of two nationally syndicated radio broadcasts, Armed American Radio and Armed American Radio’s Daily Defense with Mark Walters. He is the Second Amendment Foundations 2015 Gun Rights Defender of the Year award recipient and co-author of two books, Lessons from Armed America with Kathy Jackson (Whitefeather Press) and Lessons from UnArmed America with Rob Pincus (Whitefeather Press)