A Vancouver man was cited recently for openly carrying a handgun in a grocery store even though it's legal to do so. [Click here to read full article.] Many in the public, including many gun owners who carry concealed firearms every day, do not support our centuries old open carry laws. Portland Democratic Senator Ginny Burdick is particularly hostile to our gun rights and has recently spoken out against the right to open carry.
Remind your friends and representatives that the Second Amendment is not our "right to keep and bear sporting goods." It's our right to keep and bear arms. This is based on our inherent and natural right to be free from oppression and our natural right of self defense. A gun is worthless in self defense when it's not easily accessible. Some people find a firearm more accessible when it's not concealed. That's their business and their choice -- a choice that free men are permitted to make in a free society without government intervention.
Which brings us to the primary reason for the Second Amendment: to be free from oppression. It is often said that the Second Amendment is there to protect the other nine. Governments in modern times have enslaved people and committed acts of genocide AFTER DISARMING THE PUBLIC. This can't happen to us, right? "This is America," you might say. You are correct. It can't happen to us, because James Madison and the gang contitutionally guaranteed that our government can't do what others have done.
It is amazing how quickly we forget the gun control laws of the Soviet Union, Nationalist China, Nazi Germany, Communist China and the Khmer Rouge that preceded their killing of more than 60 million people. And that still leaves us to ponder the gun control legislation that preceded the death of the one million Armenians at the hands of Ottoman Turkey, or the indigenous peoples and other political enemies killed at the hands of Guatemala or genocide at the hands of government in Rwanda and Uganda. Our Founding Fathers knew the threat of a government to its people, hence the Second Amendment. History has unfortunately reaffirmed this lesson again and again.
History proves that a government's oppression of its people always begins with disarming the public and hypervigilant law enforcement enforcing those laws. Educate your friends and neighbors of this or we are doomed to repeat the mistakes of others.
C. Michael Arnold,
Attorney at Law
Arnold Law Office, LLC
Family Law, Personal Injury, & Criminal Defense Attorneys
Eugene, Oregon, USA