Saturday, August 8, 2020

Gun Rights and the Coronavirus

When Governors began shutting down their states in the struggle to contain and defeat the Coronavirus several decided to close gun stores or otherwise use the pandemic as an excuse to ignore the right to “keep and bear arms” guaranteed by the Second Amendment. The National Rifle Association and other gun rights groups threatened to go to court in several of these states and their Governors backed off and reclassified gun stores as “essential” businesses.

A few Governors or others within their states doubled down. Few were as dismissive of constitutionally protected rights as New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy who simply dismissed the Bill of Rights as “above my pay grade,” but officials elected with support from the likes of former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg or left-wing financier George Soros continued to search for ways to gut the Second Amendment. (RELATED: Democrat Governor Goes Mano a Mano with Tucker Carlson)

In Florida, a historically pro-gun state, Bloomberg/Soros and other anti-gun groups supported “progressive” Democrat Nikki Fried for Agriculture Commissioner in part because it is the Agriculture Commissioner who regulates and processes applications for Concealed Carry Permits in Florida. She won and as the only statewide elected Democrat in Florida saw her chance when Republican Governor Rick DeSantis closed down non-essential government offices.

She said this order forced her to close the office under her control that processed on-line Concealed Carry applications even though the Florida Attorney General ruled that she had to do no such thing. She was transparently using the pandemic as cover to shut down the permit process and is now facing a court challenge from a young Florida resident who also happens to be Chairman of the Florida Young Americans for Liberty, a well-regarded libertarian group she dismisses as “an obscure right-wing fringe” group. (RELATED: Florida Hit with Lawsuit Over Cancellation of Online Gun Applications)

Her actions have been driven not by a concern for the health of her constituents or as somehow necessary to thwart the spread of the Coronavirus, but by her anti-Second Amendment beliefs and is in sharp contrast to the actions of pro-gun leaders in other states.

Perhaps the most articulate of these has been West Virginia’s Republican Attorney General Patrick Morrisey who reminded law enforcement officials in the state that they not only should but must continue processing Concealed Carry permit applications during the pandemic, saying “we want our residents to be safe and practice good social distancing, we also want to ensure they can still exercise their right to keep and bear arms.”

Other state leaders like Arizona Governor Doug Ducey and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, unlike Nikki Fried and New Jersey’s Governor, consider the Bill of Rights as not only not above their “pay grade,” but an essential part of the Constitution they promised to uphold when they were sworn into office.

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David A. Keene
David A. Keene
David Keene has been at the center of conservative politics for decades. He is a former Chairman of the Young Americans for Freedom and the American Conservative Union and has served as the elected President of the National Rifle Association. He worked as a campaign consultant, lobbyist and commentator. His writing has appeared in Human Events, National Review and many other conservative publications and remains Editor at Large for The Washington Times after more than four years as the paper’s Opinion Editor.

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2 months ago

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Sirdirkfan
Sirdirkfan
2 months ago

President Trump said he would not interfere in the rights of governors to govern their own states – and those 24 Democrat governors took advantage and turned their states into gulags – now should be the time for arrests and convictions.

Jojodmonkey
Jojodmonkey
2 months ago

These Governors should be arrested immediately in a decent constitutional republic, but since we live in an extremely corrupt country and have the second largest criminal organization (FBI & DOJ) in the world running the justice system, there will be no punishment for destroying our constitution. They might as well take it out of the Nation Archives Museum and burn it!

Sympl1
Sympl1
2 months ago

One could only hope…i hope grewscum and piglosi are in the top candidates

Alan
Alan
2 months ago

This woman should be fired, or if firing is not doable, how about impeachment?

Truckman
Truckman
2 months ago

nikki will not be in office but one term if most of the people of Florida have anything to say about it I know I did not vote for her to start with and will not the next time

A. D Roberts
2 months ago
Reply to  Truckman

Voter fraud at work. Yes, it is pervasive. And if we don’t stop it, we will be enslaved.

Barbara
Barbara
2 months ago

WELL LEAVE IT TO THE DEMS TO ALWAYS TRY AND SCREW WITH THE AMERICAN HISTORY AND OUR BILL OF RIGHTS – THEY CAN’T STAND TO LIVE BY THE CONSTITUTION, BECAUSE THEY THINK THEY KNOW BETTER WHICH IS A LAUGH. THEY HAVE SCREWED UP MOST OF THE TIME AND THEY ARE GETTING WORSE AT IT.

spunky52
spunky52
2 months ago

Somehow you forgot heir wHitler in Michigan. We are witnessing political suicide, with hopefully unemployment in her near future, when she lifts her self importance past that of her constituents…

Jay
Jay
2 months ago

I am not sure President Trump is second amendment friendly. He only acts interested when cameras are on. I think we all should be grateful for President Trump. He will go down as the man that saved our country. But now it is time we all stood up for ourselves and used our god given rights to secure our childrens freedom. Stop hiding behind fear. Stop making excuses. Be a true American. Everyone of us. No matter who. Has either served or related to someone that has. A very small army of tyrants are trying to ruin our home. Act like u have a set and stand up for yourself. Open your eyes and put end to this. We have lost so many years of our loves ovet this bullshit. Enough is enough. Unite and stand together for the peace we all deserve. Demand all tbese people pay for their lies and deception. God bless us all.

A. D Roberts
2 months ago

The oath of office is to defend and uphold the Constitution. So for anyone to claim defending the Constitution is above their pay grade is tatamount to RESIGNING from their office.
Have the governor’s Law Enforcement squad go out and LOCK the doors of their office. Make sure they can’t do a thing. After all. THEY RESIGNED.

A. D Roberts
2 months ago

Democrats have no integrity. That is why they do not KEEP THEIR OATHS OF OFFICE.

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