“Rather than being our American birthright, gun ownership should be a privilege earned after thorough examination and training, like driving a car,” wrote freelance writer, hunter and “community organizer” David Fellerath in an Op-Ed published yesterday by the Washington Post.
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By this morning, Fellerath’s column had elicited more than 3,500 comments and more will likely be posted. Many of those remarks are blistering, on both sides of the firearms issue. Several WaPo readers support Fellerath, who added this lament: “But in 21st-century America, arms-bearing is an inalienable right, thanks to 27 anachronistic words of a constitution ratified in an 18th-century world of slow-loading muskets.” His column is headlined, “I own guns. But I hate the NRA.” Is this hate speech?
As the United States prepares for the Independence Day celebration this weekend – be careful with fireworks out there and, especially in Washington State, don’t even light off a sparkler – Fellerath’s discussion about why he hates the National Rifle Association is worth a read. It could ignite more fireworks than you’ll see Saturday night over Seattle, New York, Boston or any other beehive of liberalism where they don’t really understand what the holiday is all about.
The Fourth of July isn’t to celebrate hot dogs and hamburgers on an outdoor grill, or the tradition of camping, boating or catching some rays on the beach. It’s to celebrate the birth of a nation that would not have been possible without privately-held firearms, and the old dead white guys who wrote the Constitution made certain that this unalienable right would be forever enshrined in the Second Amendment, apparently much to the chagrin of “community organizers.”
Fellerath uses an interesting term in his essay: “Handgun apologists.” One strongly doubts that millions of law-abiding citizens who have used handguns in self-defense and defense of their families feel any compelling need to apologize for anything. That almost certainly applies to 74-year-old Florida Uber driver Steven Rayow who, according to the Tampa Tribune, shot a passenger over the weekend who was trying to choke him out.
Now, this certainly violates Uber’s recently highlight policy of no guns carried by either drivers or passengers. That announcement came weeks after another Uber driver in Chicago shot a man who opened fire on a group of people right in front of his parked car.
Some 12 million citizens are currently licensed to carry, including somewhere in the neighborhood of 490,000 Washingtonians. Examiner will get an updated number tomorrow, so watch this space. If they were as dangerous with firearms as the gun prohibition lobby would have everyone believe, the landscape would be littered with corpses.
Indeed, if this country were as dangerous a place with all of these firearms – by some estimates upwards of 250 million guns owned by maybe 100 million citizens – as the anti-gunners say it is, waves of people would not be illegally crossing the borders to come here on a daily basis. Nobody deliberately goes somewhere, often with a family in tow, if they think they’re going to get shot.
Back to what Fellerath argued, why shouldn’t arms-bearing be an inalienable right? Are the 27 words of the Second Amendment all that anachronistic, especially considering yesterday’s dire warning that there is a serious terrorist threat aimed at this country, this Saturday? If something bad happens in your proximity, would you rather be defenseless, or have the tools with which to defend your home and family?
This isn’t fear mongering. It’s a legitimate question. And here’s another: Is the Second Amendment about hunting, or defending hearth and home? Has the Second Amendment outlived its usefulness, or is private gun ownership more relevant today than it was on that day in April 1775 when the talking stopped and the shooting started?
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