Thursday, March 19, 2009

Court Restricts Second Amendment Rights

In a blow for Americans who value their Second Amendment rights, MSNBC reports that U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly has blocked a federal rule which allowed individuals with a concealed carry permit to carry weapons in U.S. National Parks and wildlife refuges. This injunction immediately abridges the rights of American citizens and prevents them from carrying until the Interior Department has had time to review the rule and indicate its course of action. The only good news is that the NRA is reporting that “the court did grant NRA's motion to intervene in the cases. Under federal law, NRA is entitled to an immediate appeal, and NRA will exercise that right.”

The usual suspect are happy including the Brady Campaign. Unfortunately there are other groups that are queuing up to expand the infringement of our right to keep and bear arms including the National Parks Conservation Association. According to their associate director Bryan Faehner:

"We're especially glad to hear that the court is agreeing with the park rangers and the public who are concerned that there will be negative impacts from the (now-overturned) regulation and increased likelihood for opportunistic poaching of wildlife and increased risk of violence to the public."

As indicated above, the NRA is appealing this decision, Chris Cox states:

"Just as we did not give up the fight to change the old, outdated rule, we will not give up our fight in the courts to defend the rule change. We will pursue every legal avenue to defend the American people's right to self-defense."

In the post-Heller world, it still amazes me how many individuals in the judiciary and in elected office still engage in the sort of mental gymnastics required to abridge the intent of the Second Amendment. We are faced with far too many demagogues in public office with power to trample the rights of American citizens. It’s time we demand more from our government. It’s time we demand they respect the supreme law of the land – the U.S. Constitution.

If you’ve never been active in politics before, quite frankly now is the time. So much has been won in the past few years, but in the current political climate, those gains are exceptionally tenuous. Rulings like this can turn a law-abiding citizen into a felon overnight if they don’t hear about the ruling and are then caught with a weapon on federal lands. It’s ironic that the lands in question are federal lands; lands supposedly belonging to the People – yet on those lands the People have precious few rights. This situation can not be allowed to continue, and we must make our voices heard.

Until next time!!!

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