If you haven’t heard yet, the Tea Party has a gun problem. Apparently you crazy tea partiers “seek an extreme roll back of the nation’s gun laws.” The guy writing the article, Adam Winkler is a constitutional law professor at UCLA. He must have skipped the part of the Constitution where it says “the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”
First, Mr. Winkler is a’skeered of Firearms Freedom Acts passed in several states. There is a reason for that and it has nothing to do with guns. The basis for these Acts is that the Constitution fails to give the Federal government the power to regulate firearms, and they have exceeded the scope of the Commerce Clause in order to make laws they should not be making. Well, if the people start to tell the Feds to keep their hands off guns, where will it end? Pretty soon you’ll have people telling the Feds to stick their Health Care bill where the sun don’t shine. We can’t have that! Firearms Freedom Acts are really the stalking horse for a much bigger political issue, the proposition that the powers of the Federal Government are limited and enumerated. This is a huge problem for the expansive “progressive” agenda.
Secondly he worries that if the Feds weren’t involved, the States might start allowing the sales of guns to misdemeanor domestic violence convicts and drug users. I have said on many occasions, if you think a particular crime is bad enough to take away a person’s gun, then it is bad enough to be a felony. The fact that there are domestic violence crimes that are misdemeanors rather than felonies reflects that society’s belief that those particular crimes are not bad enough to be felonies. As for drug users, I think we should just legalize the stuff and let people take as much as they want. Better they kill themselves taking drugs sold legally than for drug smugglers to kill each other along with innocent bystanders in gang wars here and in Mexico. Keep repeating it. If it isn’t a Felony, you can’t take away a person’s civil rights.
Mr. Winkler is so afraid of guns that he is vehement in his disgust Open Carriers. He invokes Ronald Reagan to imply that no good Republican can believe in carrying a gun openly (or concealed, apparently). Too bad for him, Reagan was, on this issue, wrong. Times have changed since the 80’s, it’s time for Mr. Winkler to catch up.
Mr. Winkler gives up the game when he starts talking about revolution. He pretends that the Founders had no interest in maintaining a system that allowed for violent revolution. Since he failed to real all of the Constitution, it’s not much of a surprise that he failed to read the Declaration of Independence. He should read it soon so that he can acquaint himself with these particular words. “…it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.” His whining about revolution is just him complaining that when the populace decides that it is time to exercise their right to throw off such Government, it is people like him that will get shot. There’s an old saying, “when you throw a rock over the fence, the dog that barks is the one that got hit.” Here we have Mr. Winkler barking. He must have gotten hit.
Don’t worry Mr. Winkler, there is still time to mend your Statist ways. If there is never an oppressor government, there will never need to be a revolution against it. Only you can chose which side you are going to be on. If you stay on the side of the oppressors, you can’t complain that you will share the oppressor’s fate.