Reader Jerry Smith writes:
A war is coming to Pennsylvania. It is on our doorstep and was started by a handful of democratic senators in Harrisburg, PA. Their political canon fired the first shot, one that was loaded with Senate Bill 17 of 2018. A bill that in no uncertain terms is designed to criminalize gun ownership across the state. One that will result turning law abiding citizens into common everyday criminals.
Bill 17 outlaws various classes of rifles and shotguns. It outlaws magazines and attachments. It outlaws firearms that are black and look scary. It criminalizes the legal ownership of guns that have been lawfully possessed and used by millions of Americans. It criminalizes legal behavior, not based on scientific principles, but on a progressive political dogma designed to enlarge a democratic plantation of dependancy.
This bill should be opposed, not because it doesn’t solve gun violence or because it infringes on our Second Amendment rights. Those are obvious. Rather, it should be opposed because its premise is based on making you and me more dependent on them. The less we can protect ourselves, the more we will have to turn to the government for our needs. Their dependency plantation grows at the expense of our freedom to protect ourselves and our loved ones. We become more enslaved.
But stopping this bill should no longer be the singular goal. In a state “led” by Republicans and conservatives, one would expect this bill to never see the light of day. In theory, there should be no chance that it even gets a vote. It should die in committee. But more needs to be done now, because the left has mounted a national war on Second Amendment rights and Pennsylvania is a battle front. It’s not enough just to kill this bill in committee, the Democrats need to know that there is a line in our constitutional sand that will not be crossed or even approached. A moral line worth fighting for.
Money will flow into Pennsylvania to support their efforts. The national progressive movement will open up the funding tap and let it poor into our state. Organizations are going to coordinate in our state capital to support this bill.
The left will lie about the facts. Distort the truth. They will march our children up and down Harrisburg streets calling lawful gun owners baby killers. They will have our faces on anti-NRA posters saying we value weapons of war more than than the safety of our kids. We’ve seen this recently in Florida and California. It’s just around the corner here.
So a war is coming. It’s inevitable. The question of our time is, what are we going to do about this? How do we plan on getting ahead of the PR curve before the progressives push lawful gun owners into a corner?
Pennsylvania’s Republican party is known for their lack of a backbone when it comes to fighting for these kinds of causes. They let the left walk all over the truth, our way of life, and the constitution. They let them box rational thought into an emotional corner because they are afraid to fight, afraid to be aggressive, afraid to be called “bad names.” There has to be a logic line that we will not cross. One that we will lobby for, demonstrate for, fight for. This question is, is this that line?”
Our question is, where is that line for you? An assault weapons ban? Magazine capacity limits? Ammunition background checks? Extreme risk protection orders? At what point will you take the kind of action the anti-gun left is so well known for?