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South Carolina Moves Closer to the Second Amendment With Proposed Law

A Column by the Editor
web posted February 28, 2011

COLUMN – The Second Amendment of the Bill of Rights, and those of every state constitution enshrines in some form or fashion: "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed". Many states, now including South Carolina and Wyoming, are on the move to join other states who are moving away from a Concealed Weapons Permit in order for a citizen to carry arms and claims the Second Amendment makes it clear there is no law needed for an individual to carry open or concealed weapons.

Those supporting the measure in South Carolina, such as House Subcommittee chairman Rep. Thad Viers, R-Myrtle Beach, reportedly says, "We firmly believe that if criminals are going to get guns illegally, we have to even the playing field and allow South Carolina citizens to have a right to defend themselves as well."

The Bill, " The South Carolina Law-Abiding Citizens Protection Act," simply states that anyone 21-years of age or older who is not barred from purchasing a firearm should be able to carry it in order to provide personal protection.

The House Travel, Recreation, Wildlife and Cultural Resources Committee in Wyoming voted 8-1 Friday in favor of the bill, sponsored by Casper Republican Senator Kit Jennings, earlier this month. It already has cleared the Senate and now goes to the full House for a vote. The committee amended the bill to specify that people couldn't carry concealed guns while intoxicated.

Rep. Mike Pitts, R-Laurens, a retired Greenville police officer, who sponsored the South Carolina bill, has been reported as saying it's important to remember that the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right not just  to keep, but also to bear arms.

That is an argument that is growing across the nation as more and more law biding citizens trust government less, including the information they obtain on them, and even more so when it comes to the registration of firearms. To them, "shall no be infringed," is fairly clear cut language guaranteed, supported and upheld by the US Supreme Court as an individual right not one overseen by the federal government or the states.

Currently Arizona, Alaska, Texas, Montana, and Vermont have similar laws in place removing control of firearm regulations by the states and federal government and giving way to the constitution.

As NewsWeek reported shortly after President Obama's State of the Union Address: "Obama intentionally did not mention gun control in his State of the Union, but aides say that in the next two weeks the administration will unveil a campaign to get Congress to toughen existing laws".

Though no state has been brazen enough to state Pres. Obama's far left wind agenda is behind their call to action to codify in law citizens' and State's Rights, it seems obvious his refusal to abide by the US Constitution is no doubt putting fear in the hearts of state legislators and citizens in a wholesale fashion. A huge majority - which threw out his loyalists in the Democrat Congressional majority in 2010 - handed control to the US House and narrowed the control of the US Senate to Republicans for his over-reach of Federal control over individual lives.

Opponents of the laws say that it would mark an increase of shooting incidents between law enforcement officers and criminals or even private citizens. Criminals, mind you, who are already armed and are at the basis of shooting incidents with officers already, care nothing about the laws they are breaking.

They count on law-biding citizens to be unarmed, unprepared, and fearful of retaliation against protecting themselves from the crimes committed against them.

In other words - a criminal does not care about the laws some hot-shot political leader passes to govern their behavior - and they never will. The current "laws" prohibit citizens from defending themselves (and in fact makes them the "criminal" for protecting themselves) from criminals who pay about as much attention to the laws as they do what color underwear they wear.

Within my own generation the right to bear arms has been under assault at an alarming rate. A "Right" that "Shall not be infringed", has been infringed upon like none other in our history.

A fact sorely missed in the discussion is that this basic right to "bear arms" has nothing to do with convicted felons, criminals, or the criminal element. This right is entrenched in our Constitution and founding documents in order to allow the citizens to defend themselves against a tyrannical federal government, or any other threat to their individual security.

"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

The Founding Fathers did not need 2,000 plus pages to make that clear. They needed only 27 words.

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