by Sandra Davies
well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a
the right of the people to keep and bear arms,
shall not be infringed.
Amendment II, The Bill of Rights
I have a right to
defend myself and protect my life. I also have a right to use a gun as a
tool in self-defense.
I live in the mountains of Southern colorado
in Costilla County. If I called the sheriff in an emergency it would be
at least an hour before anyone arrived, longer if the sheriff were busy
with another call. What should I do? Common sense says I should take precautions
such as locking my house securely and preparing to protect myself should
the need arise. I could try to use my muscles and bare fists. Or I could
use tools which do not depend on my size and strength.
I feel safe
in my neighborhood where most have the tools they need to protect themselves
and their families. One place where I do not feel safe is in parts of Denver.
Can I count on the police in Denver? Well yes, about 9 minutes (on the average)
after a call for help. What good does that do? The very best law enforcement
personnel can be there only after the emergency. If someone kills me, does
it matter whether the law shows up 30 seconds or 30 minutes after the crime?
The police may be just a few minutes away, yet if I am not allowed to protect
myself, I could become a victim of crime.
The irony is that in the
rural areas where I don't feel threatened I am allowed to carry tools for
self-defense, yet in the city where I do feel threatened I am forbidden
to use such tools. Why? What right does any government official have to
take away or restrict my basic right of self-defense? Have the
politicians noticed that criminals
pay no heed to gun control laws? Would the same politicians who want to
disarm me be proud to put a sign on their front door:
THIS IS A GUN-FREE HOUSEHOLD!
The colorado State Legislature has considered several concealed carry bills
this year. Some of them require registration, criminal background checks,
fingerprinting, licensing fees, etc. Would you trust the government with
this information? In New York they are using gun registration records to
seize firearms that are now decreed illegal. Perhaps you are thinking "only
in New York" -- that could never happen in colorado. Well, did anyone from
the State of colorado ask your permission to sell the information from your
drivers license? Did they mention that the Secret Service was funding the
company that is buying the data? It seems they want this technology (and
information about YOU) for fighting terrorism and for terrorizing immigrants.
If "the pen is mightier than the sword," then it's a wonder the
politicians don't restrict the use of the pen. For every would-be journalist,
the State could require a "writers license" from the State Board of Journalism.
Mandates might include:
* Government approved training.
waiting period before the purchase of writing supplies.
and criminal background checks.
* Annual license fees.
such control over the press prohibited?
Supporters of free speech give the seemingly obvious answer: because the
First Amendment protects our rights to free speech. Does not the Second
Amendment still protect our right to keep and bear arms? Unless repealed,
where does colorado get the right to restrict it in any way?
a free society, no one has the right to infringe on my right to freedom
of speech or my right to bear arms to protect myself from criminals and
tyrannical governments. History proves time and again that when the State
disarms the people it thereby endangers the rest of their rights as well.
Of the current bills in the colorado State Legislature, only Senator
Musgrave's "Freedom to Carry Act" (SB-156), passed in the Senate February
19, comes close to establishing the unrestricted right of law-abiding citizens
to carry firearms. Unfortunately, even this bill requires permits for concealed
carry and contains "criminal safe zones" where the permits are not valid.
The other concealed carry bills (SB-108, SB-84) are much worse.
These bills would carry with them numerous problems, such as:
Permits that expire when the current sheriff leaves office.
fees for applicants.
* Bans on concealed weapons in an automobile.
* The creation of a statewide database, administered by the colorado
Bureau of Investigation.
* Training classes mandated and regulated by
Although SB 156 might be an improvement over the
current laws, it ignores these questions:
I have to get permission from the government to exercise my basic rights?
WHY should I put my name in a government database that tracks possible
Sandra Johnson was the 1998 Libertarian Party
candidate for governor.
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The state of Wisconsin has gone an entire deer
hunting season without someone getting killed. That´s great. There were
over 600,000 hunters.
Allow me to restate that
number. Over the last two months, the eighth largest army in the world
more men under arms than Iran; more than France and Germany combined deployed
to the woods of a single American state to help keep the deer menace at
But that pales in comparison to the 750,000 who
are in the woods of Pennsylvania this week. Michigan´s 700,000 hunters have
now returned home. Toss in a quarter million hunters in West Virginia, and
it is literally the case that the hunters of those four states alone would
comprise the largest army in the world.
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