Utah should stop issuing pistol permits.
Enough is enough.
of thousands of civilians in Utah have gone through a process that
includes a class and a background check and then been issued a concealed-carry
permit – a license to carry a gun.
But enough is enough.
This has gotten out of hand. The craziness has got to end.
No more permits. Utah
should do away with its concealed-carry permit.
Instead, all adults with
clean criminal records should be allowed to carry concealed handguns.
Period. No license, no class, no government list.
A right is a
right is a right.
And the right to keep
and bear arms must stop being hamstrung into a privilege for the relative
few. It’s time to stand up for what is right – and what
is guaranteed in the Constitution – and confront this assault
on fundamental liberty.
for a civil rights movement for the Second Amendment.
It’s time to get
loud and obnoxious about liberty, to follow the wise example of the
women’s suffrage movement and the efforts to bring civil rights
to racial minorities. It’s time to demand our rights, not grovel
And the right to own
and carry guns is clear. The Constitution says so. The right to keep
and bear arms shall not be abridged. Keep means own and bear means
carry and there’s no other way to look at it, and the courts
that feel differently are the same courts that once said black people
though they masquerade as protectors of the rights of gun owners,
are uncomfortable and restrictive intermediate steps on the road to
true freedom. Issuing permits when handguns were once banned is an
improvement, just as segregated schools were an improvement over a
policy of not educating blacks, but it is also just as much of an
obnoxious affront to the American spirit and to true freedom.
Keeping and bearing
arms are constitutional rights.
And yet the only way
you can carry a handgun in Utah is with a state-issued license and
by taking a state-mandated class. To do otherwise is to risk jail.
That means a burden of state obligation rests between Utahns and the
exercise of their rights.
And that doesn’t
Other guarantees in the
Bill of Rights don’t require licenses or classes, we exercise
them unfettered. How can the Second Amendment be an exception? How
can one amendment have less standing than another?
Do you need a
state license to exercise your First Amendment right to free speech?
Of course not. Any such
notion would be rejected by the people and thrown out by the courts.
How about to
exercise your freedom of religion? Or of the press?
Do you have to take a
state-mandated course before you can pray, or go to church? Would
you sit still for it if the state tried to impose such a rule?
No you wouldn’t.
And yet we sit still for this abridgement and truncation of the Second
Amendment, and we expect gun owners to be grateful for what they have.
The state of Utah, under
its own and the federal constitutions, has no authority to require
a license of those who wish to carry a handgun. So why does it do
it and why do its people endure it?
Because we’ve been
whipped into submission, conditioned by an ever more oppressive society
and government to accept whatever we’re told. We’ve been
brainwashed into thinking that the power resides with the government,
that liberties are granted by the government, that we must not question
the government or the politically correct social norms.
Which is a good way to
be a sheep. But a pretty poor way to be an American.
The legislature of the
state of Utah likes to pretend to be conservative, to be committed
to liberty and constitutional principle. And yet in this instance,
like so many others, it satisfies itself and its constituents with
half measures and symbolic gestures.
The concealed-carry permit
is a nice gesture, and a step forward, but it is a half measure, and
with the freedom it inseparably carries the repression.
The issue isn’t
whether or not Utahns have the right to carry guns, it is whether
or no the state has the right to tell them they can’t.
And it’s clear
that it doesn’t.
And honest conservatives
cannot disagree with that.
So the honest conservatives
in the legislature should do something about it.
free is still half slave.
And that’s not
acceptable. That’s riding in the bus, but having to sit in the
don’t do that.
Bob Lonsberry © 2004