Friday, October 17, 2008

Seattle Mayor Seeking More Gun Bans

Even in the wake of this historic Heller decision, it seems like many big city mayors still just don’t “get it” when it comes to the Second Amendment and the rights of the people. KING 5 News reports that Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels is seeking "'further clarity' on his authority to ban guns on city property.” Mayor Nickels comments came in response to a nonbinding opinion issued by Attorney General Rob McKenna indicating cities have no authority to ban guns locally because of potential conflicts with state regulations.

The Attorney General at least has it half right. No city or state should have the authority to “ban guns” because it violates the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. In fact, if you look at the Washington State Constitution , Article I Section 2 states the U.S. Constitution is the supreme law of the land and furthermore Article I Section 24 states:

“SECTION 24 RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS. The right of the individual citizen to bear arms in defense of himself, or the state, shall not be impaired, but nothing in this section shall be construed as authorizing individuals or corporations to organize, maintain or employ an armed body of men.”

Language there is even more clear than in the Second Amendment – the right is not granted, it will “not be impaired”, and the citizen’s right to bear arms in the cause of self-defense is clearly stated.

Mayor Nickels believes he has a “moral responsibility” to ban guns because:

"We cannot wait for another incident, or another victim. The simple fact is our public buildings, events, parks and community centers are safer without guns.”

Typical erroneous emotional twaddle designed by corrupt politicians to deprive Americans of the rights as affirmed not only by the Second Amendment, but the Washington State Constitution as well. Not only have gun bans been shown to create a more dangerous environment, but more victims as well.

The anti-Second Amendment crowd seems to suffer from the same logical deficiency that many suffered from during the Black Plague. During the Plague, people were dying, and the “logic” was that since cats carry evil spirits, all of the cats should be killed and that would solve the problem of plague. Unfortunately the cats ate the rats which carried the fleas which carried the Plague. So by killing the cats, the people of the Middle Ages had hit upon the one thing that would actually make the situation much worse as their “solution” to the problem. Gun Banners make the same leap – because there is violence they seek to remove the guns. Unfortunately it generally takes a gun to defend yourself against an assailant armed with a gun. By banning guns, these misguided politicians only remove the guns from the hands of the law abiding, leaving the criminals free to prey on their victims at will – just like the rats and fleas were free to multiply at will with equally disastrous results.

So to “clarify” for Mayor Nickels – you have NO RIGHT to ban guns. By proposing so, you’re not only taking the least logical, least factual, and most destructive point of view, you’re violating your oaths to uphold the law and protect the rights of the citizens who elected you into office. I’d suggest the people of Seattle seriously consider recalling their Mayor as he clearly has absolutely no respect for their liberties.

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