Congrats to Kentucky, 16th State to Rejoin the Real America
Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin (R) has signed constitutional carry into law. Starting on June 26 of this year, gun owners in that state will no longer have to purchase a license from the government to be able to exercise their Second Amendment rights.
This is as it should be. Every state that violates its residents’ rights by forcing them to purchase a concealed-carry license or face jail time rights is on the wrong side of history. Those states are awful, and they know who they are.
The great state of Kentucky now becomes the 16th state in America to go back to recognizing and honoring the Second Amendment as the Founders intended. If you go back and carefully read the Second Amendment, you will notice that it doesn’t state, “…the right of the people shall not be infringed so long as they purchase a license from the government.” Totalitarians who lack basic reading comprehension skills think that this clause exists, but it doesn’t. The Second Amendment simply states that the right of the people shall not be infringed.
Imagine a scenario in which you have to purchase a license from the government in order to exercise any other constitutional right:
Bureaucrat who appears on your doorstep: “Hello, Mr. Smith. The Army is doing a joint training exercise with some other nations right now, so we’re going to need you to quarter a squad of Bangladeshi troops in your home for a couple of weeks.”
Mr. Smith: “What?! No. That’s a violation of the Third Amendment.”
Bureaucrat: “Do you have a license to NOT quarter troops in your home?”
Mr. Smith: “Um… no?”
Bureaucrat: “Great, sign here. This form just states that you agree to keep your refrigerator well-stocked for the next two weeks with culturally-appropriate foods. Those little guys eat a lot!”
Americans would never stand for having other rights suppressed through licensure. Sorry, you don’t get a trial by jury because you didn’t buy a license! The same goes for freedom of speech, freedom of religion and so on. It’s only the Second Amendment that gets that extra-special totalitarian treatment.
For anyone who doesn’t believe that requiring a concealed-carry license infringes on the Second Amendment, here’s a very serious question: Are you nuts?
This is a personal example, but I’m sure that millions of people who live in anti-American gun-hating states would be able to share their similar experiences. It’s hard to believe, but just 17 years ago, carrying a concealed weapon without a government-issued license was illegal in all 50 states. If you got pulled over for a busted taillight and a cop discovered you were carrying a concealed weapon, you were going to prison unless you could afford somebody like Alan Dershowitz to defend you (not that he would have defended you, because he thinks guns are icky).
Even if you were a lawful gun owner who had never received so much as a speeding ticket, chances were really good that you were going to spend time in prison for carrying a concealed firearm without a government license.
Plus, you never get to own a firearm again and you get to experience the joy, for the rest of your life, of trying to make a living as a “convicted felon.”
I never carried concealed in those days because, while I refuse to purchase permission from the government to exercise my rights, it was also a bad choice for me to have to go to prison as a spouse and father, just to spitefully prove a point.
Once the state that I lived in adopted constitutional carry, I started carrying everywhere, every day. My Second Amendment rights were absolutely infringed by the chilling effect of the licensure requirement.
Alaska became the first state in 2003 to reinterpret the Second Amendment as it was originally intended, at least as far as concealed-carry was concerned. Prior to constitutional carry being signed into law, every leftwing group and police union in the country was claiming that there was going to be a bloodbath. There would be dead cops in the streets, it would turn into the wild west, yadda yadda yadda. None of that happened.
16 years later, we’re now up to 16 states that honor your right to carry a concealed weapon without forcing you to purchase a license from the government. More states will join them in the years to come. Some states will never go back to honoring the Constitution – they’re simply too far gone. We bid them adieu. Now if we could just get Congress to work on repealing the National Firearms Act…