Massachusetts Governor Tightens Rope on Gun Owner Rights
As we have made mention of before, our Declaration of Independence defined clearly that our rights come from God and those rights are unalienable. However, in the federal government and in many states, lawmakers think they are authorized to write laws that infringe on the unalienable rights of their citizens. The latest example is Massachusetts. Governor Deval Patrick signed a new, sweeping gun bill into law last week that could be picked up by other states, which grossly oversteps the bounds of government in the restriction of firearms, and citizens need to be made aware of what is going on so that they can stand up for their rights.
The sweeping new measure, effective immediately, is the first of its kind in the country. It most notably allows Massachusetts law enforcement officials the ability to withhold a firearm identification (FID) card from a resident who poses a threat to public safety. Before Patrick signed the bill on Wednesday, police chiefs could only prohibit someone from obtaining a license for a handgun, not for a rifle or shotgun. The chiefs now have 90 days to appear in court to defend their reasoning for the denial of a license to a certain individual.
The law also requires the creation of an online portal for private sales to close the existing loophole. Background checks have been required nationwide since November 1993, when former President Bill Clinton signed the Brady Bill into law after battling a lengthy struggle to pass the legislation. But the decades-old measure doesn’t apply to about 40% of total gun sales that occur each day because of loopholes in the system.
The new legislation permits licensed firearms dealers to access criminal offender record information, enhances the penalty for carrying a weapon on academic premises and mandates that licensed school personnel receive at least two hours of suicide awareness and prevention training every three years.
According to Governor Patrick, ‘Our communities and our families are safer when irresponsible gun sales and use are reduced. This legislation moves us in that direction.”
One wonders how he can prove this. That’s right, he doesn’t have to, does he? He just says it and people believe that words on a piece of paper make them safer. The truth is they don’t. In fact, in this case, they not only infringe on their rights, but will be used to keep law-abiding citizens from purchasing guns for defense, not necessarily out of the hands of criminals. This is not the right direction Americans need to be moving in.
“With the stroke of Governor Patrick’s pen today, Massachusetts is now a leader for the rest of the nation in passing common-sense gun reform while continuing to respect the Second Amendment rights we all value,” Molly Malloy, the leader of Massachusetts’ chapter of Moms Demand Action, said in a statement. “The single, most-effective thing we can do to keep guns out of dangerous hands and reduce the number of Americans killed with guns every day is require criminal background checks on all sales to close the loophole that allows felons, domestic abusers and the dangerously mentally ill to buy guns. Real leadership is what will keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people, and we are grateful to have leaders on this issue taking action to protect our families in the commonwealth.”
Ah yes, Moms Demand Action. This is the same group that was thrown out of an Oklahoma Chipotle because they were incredibly rude, have used public indecency to promote their agenda, is funded by well-known nanny state proponent and former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg and has a spokeswoman with serious credibility problems. Yet, this same organization has absolutely no plan to take guns out of the hands of criminals in America.
Gun Owners Action League of Massachusetts executive director Jim Wallace said, “So much for celebrating the historic nature of this bill. We worked tirelessly on this bill and were instrumental in getting it passed — and he can’t invite us to the bill signing ceremony? This just proves that gun owners in this state are … regarded as second-class citizens just because they choose to exercise their Second Amendment rights.”
Article XVII. The people have a right to keep and to bear arms for the common defence. And as, in time of peace, armies are dangerous to liberty, they ought not to be maintained without the consent of the legislature; and the military power shall always be held in an exact subordination to the civil authority, and be governed by it.
Notice clearly who has the rights, the people. The purpose? A common defence. Do they lose these rights when there is peace? Certainly not. There is just no provision for a standing army as it is “dangerous to liberty.” However, consider what the current occupant of the White House wants, a standing domestic army that would rival the current military we have.
In the end, whether Obama was building a domestic army or not, the people’s rights to keep and bear arms are to be protected by those put into office under their respective state constitutions and the US Constitution. I am an avid state’s rights guy, but I do not believe the state was given authority to infringe on what is to be an unalienable right to people by God.
Remember, people in Boston cheered as police swat forces stormed people’s homes without a warrant following the Boston bombing. What? You don’t remember? Take a look:
Had Boston simply observed the Second Amendment and their own Constitution, the citizens of Boston would have been adequately equipped in this instance of the search for the Boston bomber and not subject to the tyranny witnessed in the video above.
Our founders would be rolling over in their graves at the amount of arms restrictions being imposed upon the people of the various states across our land. The question I pose is, why are the American people standing for it? Why are you not up in arms literally, over these unlawful laws that restrict your rights? Perhaps I need to look no further than the television, the big game, the hedonistic attitude that has absorbed our land. Or perhaps, God has simply allowed us to wander aimlessly in a stupor because of our forgetting Him. May He grant to the people of America the blessing of repentance and may He once again restore us to greatness for His name’s sake.