With a new, friendlier face in the White House, many states are beginning to push a proactive, pro-gun agenda that mirrors the anti-gun, confiscation-minded policies endorsed by the last administration. And while the anti-gun left did not achieve any major court victories over the last eight years, they did manage to flood several cities and states with enough advertising to fool voters into passing referendums against the Second Amendment. Now, the tide may be turning, and it could be only a matter of time before we see a significant gun case back in front of the Supreme Court.
But before that happens, we’ll have to wait and see how many states adopt looser concealed-carry laws. The momentum is definitely behind these laws, and we’ve seen them passed in several new states. Some have gone even further, branching those freedoms out to include college campuses. So far, these greater freedoms have not led to a single violent incident. Of course, you can bet the Bloomberg-funded groups of the nation will be ready and waiting to make a show of it if they do.
In the meantime, we have the perilous, aggravating state of gun control in Washington, D.C., where local Democrats REFUSE to fully comply with court orders.
Now that Republican congressmen have been turned into targets by at least one psycho on the left, it’s time for conservatives to push the local officials in Washington to renounce their war on the Second Amendment. Politicians deserve to be able to protect themselves when lunatics come lunging after them, and they should not have to hope and pray that a congressional leader – and the Capitol Police they bring with them – is in attendance when and if that happens. They are as entitled to Second Amendment liberties as anyone else…and they may need it MORE than most others.
Now we don’t expect that Democrats in Congress are in any hurry to register for a concealed carry permit, and that’s fine. They apparently have much less to worry about as they walk the streets of Washington, D.C. and the surrounding area.
Technically, D.C. residents can apply for such a permit, but they must demonstrate “just cause” to do so. In practice, this means they must prove that they have a stalker or some other imminent, life-endangering need for a gun. This is ridiculous, and it has nothing to do with the Constitution. Simply living in the violence-ridden swamp that is Washington should already qualify as “just cause” by any reasonable observer. And that’s not even getting into the kinds of conditions you’ll find a few miles away in Baltimore.
Strict gun laws do not protect the citizenry; they merely signal to criminals areas where they are unlikely to encounter the force of opposition. Washington D.C. should set the tone for the country, follow the broadest possible interpretation of the Second Amendment, and allow residents and visiting politicians to carry concealed if and when they choose.