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Friday, June 18, 2021

The gun revolution

That was then.

This is now.

Without firing a shot (except at the firing range), Americans have won a revolution -- state by state.

Texas is the latest to join the freedom coalition. The Texas Tribune reported to its dismay, "Texans can carry handguns without a license or training starting Sept. 1, after Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday signed the permitless carry bill into law.

"House Bill 1927 eliminates the requirement for Texas residents to obtain a license to carry handguns if they’re not prohibited by state or federal law from possessing a gun. The signing was reported by the Texas Legislature's official website, which tracks the progress of legislation. Abbott's office has announced a ceremonial signing of the bill and other gun-related legislation at 11 a.m. Thursday.

"Abbott's signature seals a win to conservative activists who have long sought the measure without success. Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and other Republicans who were initially noncommittal about the bill were under immense political pressure this session from conservatives and gun rights advocates, who have long lobbied the Texas Legislature for permitless carry but historically struggled to win support."

That is a big victory in Texas, and another notch on the gun handle nationally.

35 years ago, it was illegal in 16 states (including Texas) for a civilian to carry a concealed weapon. Only Vermont did not require a pistol permit.

Working through the slow process of going state to state to change the law, the revolution happened.

First came the switch from no permit to may permit. That placed the decision on issuing permits in the hands of elected sheriffs, which explains why California and New York have not budged. Democrat sheriffs pocket a lot of money from patrons who want to carry. 

Then came shall permit. This put the onus on law enforcement to show why a person should not carry a concealed weapon.

Finally, came freedom. 19 states no longer require the state's permission to carry a concealed weapon.

Texas and many other states went from red (a ban on concealed carry) to yellow (may issue) to blue (shall issue) to green (no permission necessary).

It is the Vermontization of America. The Green Mountain Boys always put the right to firearms off limits to regulation. Interesting state. For 14 years, it was a republic -- longer than Texas and other states that were republics for a time.

The battle for the Second Amendment continues. From Massachusetts to Hawaii, there are clusters of holdouts who allow sheriffs to decide who shall have the right to defend himself.

But this gives Americans hope that they can regain their rights, state by state. The battle for the right to life for children continues, with states interceding on behalf of babies with deadlines for making the decision on abortion.

How odd that liberals argue for gun control because murderers use guns to kill hundreds of children each year, while protecting the killing of a million babies each year through abortion. 

The success in the gun revolution should encourage those in the babies revolution. 

30 comments:

  1. Vermont was an independent republic from 1777 - 1791 largely because it was the only way to fend off a running claim from New York that it was actually a part of New York; due to earlier murky understandings of the geography of the interior of the region, the crown had given charter to land to *both* New Hampshire and New York; by 1776 NH had dropped its claim, but NY persisted; it wasn't until the death of Gov. Dewitt Clinton in 1791 that NY dropped its claim and VT joined the Union as the 14th state.

    At Section XV, the first clause reads:

    "That the people have a right to bear arms for the defence of themselves and the State."

    Note that this is MUCH clearer than the 2nd amendment to the Federal Constitution - making it explicitly-clear that arms can be borne for self-protection, and it presents no restrictions to that right. (Hence the since-1777 right to carry concealed.)

    Note that the VT constitution was adopted in July 1777 - more than a decade before the adoption of the federal constitution. BTW, it's a good read because, like the excerpt above, it's all very strong and very clear.

    https://avalon.law.yale.edu/18th_century/vt01.asp

    This is one reason why we need to get rid of any "courts" that insist that plain-and-ordinary meaning does not apply, and that they (courts) exist to find some sophistry-based way to find that the constitution does not actually mean what it says it means.

    (Note also that this is all good, as it is also restoring this right AS WRITTEN. Before this quiet little revolution, an oddball "compromise" developed - that while one could possess arms within one's home without some sort of "permit," a permit was required to carry arms off the property; even in silly ol' Massachusetts, this is basically as far as it got. It was some of the big cities that tried to make it illegal even to possess arms in your own home - and that's what got slapped down in the Heller decision at SCOTUS.)

    (Up next is national reciprocity, like we have for driver's licenses; some states that require permits for carry or concealed carry have done this, but we need it nationally.)

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    2. 2A is in fact not unclear, if you understand plain English as spoken in the 1780's and 1790's. They knew what they were saying.

      Just because modern English mumblers don't know what "well regulated" means in the context of the 2A is no reason to say the Amendment is not clearly written.

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    3. I didn't say 2A was unclear - I noted that the 1777 VT version made it VERY clear that carrying arms for self-protection is a Constitutional right. That clarity is why VT has been a right-to-carry state since 1777/1791.

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    4. In my opinion, national reciprocity is the most important Second Amendment issue. The SCOTUS has steadfastly refused to hear a case, with the result that people have been convicted of felonies for possessing a weapon that is fully legal under the Constitution. Hopefully Judge Amy will be the tipping point for them to rule once and for all on the issue.

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    5. I wouldn't count on her for anything. The very fact she made it through her confirmation makes me suspicious - yes, I'm that cynical now.

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  2. Finally!!! I’m legally carrying.

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  3. It gives me great comfort knowing that I COULD carry, straight up, if I wanted to in Almost Heaven. On a day to day basis, do I? No. That clip holster gets damned uncomfortable after a while. But my motto is: Keep the bastards guessing.

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    1. Get a better holster, position it properly, you won't even notice it's there.

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    2. Get a better holster, position it properly, you won't even notice it's there.

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    3. I'm with you Ron. It took five for me to be comfortable. I still had to modify it. Never,ever, leave home without it!

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  4. Since the previous thread was about women's styling, I give you this Instagram account, which has been up for nine years.

    https://www.instagram.com/guns_girls_freedom

    Annie Oakley's lament, "You Can't Get a Man With a Gun," is so 1946.

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    1. OMG....Victoria's Secret no longer approves. lol

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    2. Followed! Here's my Annie:

      https://www.instagram.com/p/BkSx_9Vh7Bm/

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    3. To any of the gunslingers on that Instagram account, I would sing,

      "If you'll be my bodyguard,
      I could be your long lost pal.
      I could call you Betty,
      And Betty, you could call me, you could call me Al.

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  5. Second amendment sanctuary in my county in Oregon. But Idaho is next.

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  6. How about NJ. You can't even PURCHASE, much less carry without extensive paperwork and the okey-dokey of the local police chief. And forget "may issue" more hoops to justify such as regularly carrying large sums of money, or being "connected".

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    1. So why would anyone live in NJ?

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    2. Your last name isn’t Gambino. No soup for you, Charles!

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  7. Without firing a shot (except at the firing range), Americans have won a revolution -- state by state.

    That's how the Constitution wants it done.

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  8. I guess I'm lucky my local Chief is reasonable. I had no issue getting my unrestricted LTC.

    Bob in MA

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  9. Amazing Texas is so late to the game. If I hadn’t lost all of my guns that I may have owned in a tragic boating accident, I’d have been able to legally carry years ago.

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  10. Sorry for your loss, Master of Lard. Although it is nice that you came upon that large blanket that covers your ass!

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  11. Maybe Florida will follow before DiSantis becomes P or VP?

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    1. Florida had may issue for permits and permit less open carry.
      At the switch from may issue to shall issue the right to open carry (permit or not) disappeared with a few weird exceptions (open carry when fishing or traveling directly to or from fishing). And the Florida Sheriff's Association swore up and down that the change would endanger LEOs who would no longer be able to tell who might be (legally) carrying a gun.
      Now that there is some effort to reclaim open carry, guess who pisses and moans that open carry (with permit!) will endanger LEOs. That's right, the same Sheriff's Association.

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  12. I can date the start of this pretty precisely: the Luby's Cafeteria massacre in Killeen, TX in October 1991, when a young woman had to play dead on the floor while the gunman shot her parents in cold blood, knowing her gun was locked up in her truck outside.

    Six months later came the unforgettable images of the once-vaunted LAPD hot-footing it out of South Central Los Angeles at the start of the Rodney King riots, abandoning the law-abiding people of that neighborhood (such as trucker Reginald Denny), to the mercy of the mob.

    After that, a lot of folks suddenly realized that when the SHTF, Spiderman is not going to come swinging down on a web and save the day. YOU are your own best first responder.

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