Many conservatives mistakenly believe that a few Second Amendment-related victories are enough to secure our freedoms for another generation if not indefinitely.
Though it is undeniable that Second Amendment supporters have been able to stop anti-gun momentum in a lot of ways and have even been able to roll-back some of the strangleholds upon our right to bear arms that have plagued this nation in years past, our work is far from done as the left continually relies upon a relentless, guerrilla-like approach to separating citizens from their rights.
One such way the left seeks to erode the Second Amendment is to make it nearly impossible for citizens to exercise their rights. For example: making the United States a hodgepodge patchwork of conflicting laws concerning the right to carry a firearm has made it nearly impossible for a law-abiding citizen to exercise his constitutional right while traveling. The laws in Wyoming are radically different from the laws in New Jersey and making the mistake in believing that the federally-protected right to bear arms extends from sea to shining sea can land an otherwise law-abiding gun owner in the slammer with rapists and murderers.
This week, Virginia’s Democrat attorney general, Mark Herring, revoked recognition of out-of-state concealed carry permits for half the nation– a whopping 25 states will no longer have their concealed carry permits recognized in the land that produced patriots like Washington, Jefferson and Madison.
According to Herring, the states that were previously recognized by Virginia do not meet the arbitrary criteria necessary for Virginia to recognize their concealed carry permits. Allegedly, the requirements to obtain the permits in these 25 states are too lax.
“Evenly, consistently and fairly enforcing Virginia’s concealed handgun permit law, as we are now doing, means that it will be more difficult for potentially dangerous individuals to conceal their handguns here in Virginia and that will make Virginians safer, especially Virginian law enforcement,” Herring said.
Of course, Herring’s assertion would only be factual if criminals were compelled to follow the state’s laws and obtain the proper licensing for the carrying of a concealed weapon. However, few criminals who are hell-bent on carnage likely care little about obscure statutes and concealed carry licensing restrictions. What Herring’s policy change accomplishes is that it further burdens law-abiding citizens who wish to follow the law.
Herring’s decree also means that Virginians will no longer be able to lawfully carry concealed weapons in six states that require reciprocal recognition of permits- Florida, Louisiana, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Wyoming.
The states that will no longer be recognized are: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
Virginia will continue to recognize Michigan, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah and West Virginia.
The news was met with scorn from Virginia Republicans who claim that the move is less about safety and about typical partisanship.
“Despite promising to take politics out of the attorney general’s office, Mark Herring consistently seeks to interpret and apply the law of the Commonwealth through the lens of his own personal, political opinions,” House Speaker William Howell said.
Not only is Herring’s ludicrous policy change emblematic of the kind of failed “thinking” that dominates the left’s discussion on guns and our Second Amendment rights, but it also highlights the level of absurdity with which Americans must deal if they intend to travel and retain their Second Amendment rights while doing so.
Our freedom of speech extends beyond state borders; in fact, the entirety of our Bill of Rights applies to us as we traverse our great nation- except for the Second Amendment.
Though we should value the premise of states’ rights, there are but a few rights reserved for the federal government and one of them is the protection of our right to keep and bear arms.
Conservatives must never cease pushing to liberate anti-Second Amendment states from the clutches of tyranny and we must never cease in our demanding of federal concealed carry reciprocity throughout all fifty states of these United States.