“Shall not be infringed.” The last four words of the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution are pellucid: the right to keep and bear arms is a no-go area for government regulation. Any government regulation. Because all government regulation is an infringement on Americans’ gun rights. Take government-mandated firearms training for concealed carry license holders (or not). It may seem like a damn good idea, but like all infringements it’s a slippery slope to tyranny. Writing for thedailybeast.com, former Navy weapons instructor Shawn VanDiver is our teacher . . .
The next step [after licensing gun owners every five years] is requiring 40 hours of training prior to license approval. I’m here to tell you that there is little value to having a firearm if one is cannot employ it tactically. I’m not saying we need owners to be trained to the level of Navy SEALs or SWAT teams, but if you claim to want these weapons to protect your home, then you should at least have a baseline knowledge. The training hours should jump to 80 hours for a concealed carry permit. This training should be done by the government to ensure consistency and quality control and should be covered by the tax on ammunition.
I suffered through four interminable hours of firearms instruction to secure my Texas Concealed Handgun License. Even if I could find someone with whom training would be worthwhile (e.g., David Kenik a.k.a., the Rabbi), I could not afford to take eighty hours out of my work and parenting schedule – never mind the cost. Imagine a low-income American’s dilemma.
Besides, what training does an American need to exercise their natural, civil and Constitutional right to keep and bear arms? Professional instructors will scream in protest but I reckon “the bullets point forwards, aim the gun at the bad guy and pull the trigger” is an adequate baseline. As most people already know this, common sense and all, they’re good to stow. Seriously.
Anyway, to paraphrase Martin Luther King Jr., a right requiring government-mandated training and/or the payment of a government-mandated tax is a right denied.
Tell [your state senators, your assembly members, your mayors, and your city councils] that, with the stroke of a pen, they can improve safety for their constituents and side with the clear majority of Americans.
And if they try to run you around or brush you off, remember to ask them if they think the right to own as many firearms as one wants without anyone else knowing about it is more important than the lives of America’s children—including yours and theirs.
I hate it when they do that: when antis set up a false dichotomy. In fact, the right to own as many firearms as one wants without anyone else knowing protects our children from a tyrannical government, the single most murderous entity ever created by hand of man.
And to think that Mr. VanDiver swore an oath to protect and defend the United States Constitution. What a disgrace,