Opponents of private firearms ownership are always looking for ways to keep people from buying, possessing or using firearms for legitimate purposes. They refuse to acknowledge the rights protected by the Second Amendment of the Constitution which was included in the Bill of Rights by America’s founders to prohibit the new government they were creating from “infringing” on the pre-existing right of people to protect themselves, their communities and their families from those who would deprive them of their freedom. 

When Hurricane Katrina in 2005 devastated New Orleans, the Mayor sent police house to house to confiscate firearms from law-abiding citizens even as marauding gangs were looting the city. They were stopped only after gun owners got a federal court to put a stop to the practice.

It’s happening again in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and not just in New Orleans. Anti-gun politicians across the country are using the pandemic to advance their anti-Second Amendment agenda in new and sometimes imaginative ways. New Orleans is suspending gun sales. New Jersey has said they will no longer process firearms transfers through the federal National Instant Check System which makes them, in effect, illegal and other states are closing gun stores as “non-essential.”

Colorado, a center of “progressivism” in the mountains has, at the state level at least, refused to shut down firearms sales, but the Mayor of Denver announced this week that while he considers liquor stores and marijuana retailers “essential” enterprises exempt from the shutdown I effect there, firearms retailers do not qualify for the exemption as “essential.”   

All of this is happening in jurisdictions where police are instructed to ease up on law enforcement and prisoners are being released from jails and prisons. Citizens who can no longer rely at all on the police for protection in these jurisdictions are now being told they have no right to legally obtain the firearms they want and need to protect themselves, their homes and their families. Such protection goes to the core of the Second Amendment especially at a time when law enforcement is often consciously AWOL.

These efforts will continue and increase as the shutdown continues. Liberals are appalled at the fact that since the pandemic began firearms sales have been increasing as more and more Americans are deciding that if they aren’t prepared to protect their families, no one will.

The National Rifle Association has just launched a new website designed to keep firearms owners and Second Amendment supporters apprised of these new threats to the Second Amendment. It’s to be found at www.nraila.org/coronavirus and those concerned about their rights in these challenging times would be wise to keep up with how the gun control community is working to take advantage of a crisis to enact new restrictions on those rights.

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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Sirdirkfan
Sirdirkfan
10 months ago

Those Democrat politicians are violating the Constitution but they’re not being arrested and that’s the problem, they think they’re getting away with it and they are as long as noone stops them which is the DOJ job to do – Barr apparently has little regard for allowing our Constitution to be obeyed b/c he should’ve acted by now since looting is a problem and those out of work and small businesses shut down need to defend themselves b/c Thugs ALWAYS have the guns.

Richard A. Winters
Richard A. Winters
10 months ago
Reply to  Sirdirkfan

Barr is a known anti gunner, so no surprise there.

Tim
Tim
10 months ago

he is also unable to arrest people that have admitted to a crime at a sub-committee hearing. He is a swamp creature, nothing will change. Socialist Amerika must die….restore the republic

Jojodmonkey
Jojodmonkey
10 months ago

Well, hopefully the American citizens will see just how evil democrats truly are and will turn away from satan!

steve
steve
10 months ago
Reply to  Jojodmonkey

Amen

spktruth
spktruth
10 months ago

Apparently the DOJ is Leaving it up to Us the People to Take the Appropriate Action as Envisioned in the 2nd Amendment, So these Scum Who are Deliberately Violating the Constitutional Rights of Citizens will Eventually be Removed Permanently!

Tim
Tim
10 months ago
Reply to  spktruth

“We the Slaves can’t remove them for violating their oath. Isn’t that called fraud ?