Why is it, dear reader, that gun owners have to subjugate our fundamental right to keep and bear arms to the irrational fears of hoplophobes?
As you probably know by now, the Obama administration has tried to create regulations that prevent shooting on public lands, limiting an activity that has been occurring since the United States first had public lands. So why now? Urban hoplophobes:
With candor that has likely not endeared him to his superiors, a Department of the Interior official freely admits that the idea here is not to make anyone safer:
"It's not so much a safety issue. It's a social conflict issue," said Frank Jenks, a natural resource specialist with Interior's Bureau of Land Management, which oversees 245 million acres. He adds that urbanites "freak out" when they hear shooting on public lands.
In other words, vast tracts of land--belonging to we the people--are to become Second Amendment-free zones, and without even the attempt to justify it through the fiction of "public safety," but merely to save timid urban herbivores from "freak[ing] out."So, again, why should we subjugate our fundamental right to keep and bear arms to the Young Urban PajamaBoys (yuppies)?
WE WERE HERE FIRST. We have the right to keep and bear arms, and that implies being able to practice, says the Supreme Court in McDonald v. Chicago.
But the Pajama Gestapo is going further.
In some places, these petty tyrants are trying to say that you can't shoot on your own private lands without specific zoning rules saying you can set up a shooting range:
A quote from a Yavapai County bureaucrat [Lynn Chaplin] who testified at the hearing:
If a County Ordinance doesn't’t permit the activity, the activity is disallowed. No shooting allowed under Ordinance 400, so “no shooting as a matter of right” Simply stated, “you are not allowed to shoot cans on your property.”
This is absurd. If it's not expressly allowed it's prohibited??Completely absurd. How can a fundamental right be subjugated in a Constitutional Republic?
Yet, that is precisely how most zoning codes work.
Answer: we ain't a Constitutional Republic no more.