Dear Government: You Can’t MAKE Me Buy A Gun, Either
I stand 100% against any government leach or placeman telling me I cannot have a gun. It is unconstitutional and violates my God-given civil rights. But, I am just as much against the same class of people telling me I must own a gun.
A town in Maine is the newest town to put in place a rule that mandates that residents buy and own a gun. This sort of rule has been known in small towns in Idaho, Georgia and Texas, as well. But this requirement is no more in keeping with the Constitution than laws in big cities that try to outlaw ownership of guns–itself also a total violation of the U.S. Constitution.
This week the city fathers in the small town of Byron, Maine, are making news for sponsoring a new ordinance making gun ownership mandatory.
Of course, the rule is meant less to force everyone to buy a gun than it is to make sure that laws saying they can’t would be nullified. But, if held to the letter of this law, this pro-gun mandate would violate freedom of choice just as much as outright bans on guns.
American freedom and liberty is an individual’s right, not a collective right. As long as the exercise of my freedoms don’t infringe on yours, then we are all good, if you will. But, telling me I must own a gun is just as much a violation of that liberty as telling me I can’t own one.
The choice must be mine. With an emphasis on choice.
Americans have a right to be stupid and not indulge their God-given, natural rights to self-protection if they want. We call it liberty.
So, no, gun supporters, mandating gun ownership is no solution to the anti-Constitutional actions of the extremists on the far-left. Let’s not over reach on this, shall we?
Warner Todd Huston
Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago based freelance writer, has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and is featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart's BigGovernment.com, RightWingNews.com, CanadaFreePress.com, StoptheACLU.com, TheRealityCheck.org, RedState.com, Human Events Magazine, AmericanDailyReview.com, and the New Media Journal, among many, many others. Additionally, he has been a frequent guest on talk-radio programs to discuss his opinion editorials and current events and is currently the co-host of "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Conservatism" heard on BlogTalkRadio. Warner is also the editor of the Cook County Page for RedCounty.com. He has also written for several history magazines and appears in the new book "Americans on Politics, Policy and Pop Culture" which can be purchased on amazon.com. He is also the owner and operator of PubliusForum.com . Feel free to contact him with any comments or questions : EMAIL Warner Todd Huston
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