It’s been increasingly evident for years now that there are two Americas. Generally, left-leaning, more urban coastal strips that bracket the great flyover middle. And one of the clearest dividing lines that separates the blue from the red is the issue of guns and the right to keep and bear them.
The fear has always been that as this divide grew deeper and wider something might occur — politically or culturally — that would create a real, tangible, actual split. Now . . .
A trio of (South Carolina) House Republicans on Thursday quietly introduced a bill that would allow lawmakers to debate seceding from the U.S. “if the federal government confiscates legally purchased firearms in this State.” …
“Without a Bill of Rights, our nation is not what it is,” (Rep. Mike) Pitts said. “I see a lot of stuff where people even talk about totally repealing the Second Amendment, which separates us from the entire rest of the world.”
As you may remember from your fifth grade history class,
South Carolina was the first state to secede from the Union before the Civil War, voting in December 1860 to make the decision based on “increasing hostility on the part of the non-slaveholding States to the Institution of Slavery.”
While the media are almost sure to make plenty of hay about those crazy gun people and violent insurrection, South Carolina isn’t the first to contemplate a split.
Other states have proposed secession-related measures. In 2013, several counties moved to secede from Colorado and form their own state, an unsuccessful movement was in part driven by new gun control laws passed by the Democratic legislature.
A proposed ballot measure seeks to make California an independent nation, but proponents failed to gather enough signatures. Technically, the initiative would have formed a commission to recommend avenues for California to pursue its independence and delete part of the state constitution that says it is an inseparable part of the United States.
According to the AP . . .
South Carolina’s bill, co-sponsored by Reps. Jonathon Hill and Ashley Trantham, has no real chance this session, although Pitts said he would be sure to re-introduce it for debate next year. The deadline for bills to move from one chamber to the other is April 10.
Still, the move shows how seriously more than 100 million Americans take their civil rights. All of them. Including the right to keep and bear arms. But it’s one thing when left-leaning states like Colorado or California broach the subject. It’s sure to be seen (and portrayed) as quite another when a state like South Carolina makes such a move.
To much? Too soon?