Shall Not Be Infringed
This past week I was ecstatic when the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 passed through the House of Representatives in a 231-198 vote. This proposed law enables every citizen who can legally carry a concealed firearm in one state to do so in other states as well.
Of course, there are many people who oppose this idea as a regressive step in the wrong direction of solving gun violence. I would not feel too strongly about their objections if it were not for one fundamental fact. The Second Amendment to our U. S. Constitution is a part of the Bill of Rights.
Imagine if our nation treated the First Amendment like we do the Second. I think the time is nearing as the State of California passed a law this past year making it a crime to use the wrong transgender pronoun repeatedly.
The laws for concealed carry in America is an interstate patchwork of legality. The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 tries to clear up the various interstate aspects of this fundamental constitutional right under one federal law.
Apply this line of thinking to the freedom of speech. Some radio stations would be authorized to broadcast depending on where one finds themselves. Conservative radio would need to have a liberal counter to ensure that there is equal time. That was a proposal once not too long ago. Newspapers and bloggers would be subject to state criterial over good and responsible journalism.
Imagine if the other freedoms under the Bill of Rights were subjected to the rules and regulations encountered by the Second Amendment. I am not saying that there should be no regulation on the right to bear arms. No that’s not what I’m saying at all. What I am saying that such firearm regulations need to encourage public safety and not act as a punitive measure for simply owning a firearm.
A Statement from Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh regarding the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 (http://www.marylandattorneygeneral.gov/press/2017/120717.pdf) opened by saying: “Passage of the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 would be a public safety disaster for our nation. Maryland, like many other states, has common-sense gun laws that put the lives and safety of our citizens and law enforcement first.”
I wonder if Attorney General Frosh understands that in 2015 the total number of homicides in Baltimore reached 344. That was a 63 percent increase over 211 homicides in 2014. I mention this because the State of Maryland enacted a sweeping gun law entitled The Firearm Safety Act of 2013 (http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/2013RS/Chapters_noln/CH_427_sb0281e.pdf) that was championed by Brian Frosh.
There are 331 homicides this year alone in Baltimore, and we are just a little past the half way point in December. I remember how Mr. Frosh and Vincent Demarco testified in 2013 before panels of lawmakers in the State House and the State Senate while touting the vision of The Firearm Safety Act of 2013 as being the tool needed to end violent gun crime as we know it.
I wish Mr. Frosh would go after the law breakers with as much tenacity as he goes after the law abiders. Thank god Congress is stepping in to address the punitive regulations of the Second Amendment by some states like Maryland.
Making criminals of the law abiding is not a valid method toward achieving public safety. Some people also have the flawed notion that “shall not be infringed” is a mere suggestion. Don’t worry though, Attorney General Frosh will find someone to sue if he doesn’t like the outcome.