[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Those who oppose the Second Amendment often wonder why conservatives take issue with the continual crusade to implement “common sense” barriers between citizens and firearms. The truth, however, is that the premise that citizens must ask for permission to exercise their Second Amendment rights is diametrically opposed to the intent of the right that protects all others.[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”5517620b381df”][vc_column_text]Unfortunately, as government tries to step between citizens and their firearms, people die.
In New Jersey, Carol Bowne feared for her life as all that stood between her and her violent ex-boyfriend was mere paper.
Though Bowne had a restraining order on her ex-boyfriend, Michael Eitel, she knew that would not be good enough to keep her safe. Bowne had submitted an application to own a firearm, but police dragged their feet and as she awaited permission from the government to exercise her God-given right to firearm ownership, Bowne was stabbed to death by the murderous thug who obviously did not care what a scrap of paper disallowed him from doing.
Last Wednesday, Bowne was murdered in her driveway, even though she had applied for a gun permit at the Berlin Township Police on April 21st, 2015. She even went to the police two days before her murder to see how the application was progressing.
According to Evan Nappen, a New Jersey attorney who specializes in Second Amendment issues, “She should have been granted that permit in a timely matter, especially given her status as a domestic violence victim.”
In New Jersey, citizens may exercise their Second Amendment rights—but only after filling out forms at a police station, agreeing to a background check, submitting their fingerprints, paying a fee, and allowing the local police to process their application, which includes a 14-point investigation of the person. The police chief is supposed to approve or deny the application within 30 days.
Meanwhile, the Second Amendment still reads: “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 gun law’s intention is to be as difficult and cumbersome as possible,” Alexander Roubian, president of the New Jersey Second Amendment Society, stated. “They need to be repealed.
“The system is so outdated,” Roubian added. “In most states, you go to the store, get a background check, and purchase a weapon. A police chief should have no part of the process. This woman had a legitimate issue and no one helped her.”
If we truly want to discuss a “war on women,” we should not be discussing gamed stats concerning alleged pay inequality or “free” birth control; we should be discussing women being left vulnerable by liberal interpretations of the words “shall not be infringed.”
Eitel was captured committing the crime on a surveillance system installed by Bowne before she was murdered. Eitel killed himself days later in the garage of another ex-girlfriend.
Eitel may have plunged the knife, but make no mistake: those who denied Bowne the ability to defend herself, including police and lawmakers who have allowed these ridiculous infringements, are outright accessories to this crime.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]