Oath-Breaking Governor and LEOs Torpedo West Virginia ‘Constitutional Carry’
For the second year in a row, West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin vetoed a bill that would recognize the right of citizens 21 and over to carry a gun concealed without permission from state bureaucrats, the Associated Press reported Thursday. Tomblin was flanked by “dozens of police officers and deputies,” there to provide PR support and imagery intended to “legitimize” the governor’s flouting of “shall not be infringed.”
That police were there in addition to deputies was a calculated move designed to defuse suspicions that sheriffs had a financial incentive to not lose permit fees. Instead, and unsurprisingly, the decision to deny the right to bear arms under force of armed authority was presented as a “public safety” issue.
That brings to mind another concern gun owners need to be aware of and on guard against, because “public safety” is all the excuse the state needs to have gun laws upheld using “intermediate scrutiny.” We talked about the “Firearms Safety Act” case last month, where the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals applied strict scrutiny:
Maryland’s Orwellian-named edict banned many semi-automatic rifles and standard capacity magazines, naturally with a law enforcement exemption. If “intermediate scrutiny” were applied, the state claiming “public safety” would be enough to have its ban upheld. Under the higher “strict scrutiny” standard, “the law must advance not merely any governmental interest, but in particular a compelling governmental interest [and] must also be narrowly tailored to actually achieve that interest.” That’s been the assumed standard for rights EXCEPT those specified in the Second Amendment, mostly because that’s the way those in power have wanted it.
In other words, just some oath-breaker with a title or a badge claiming “public safety” shouldn’t cut it. And rather than calling them “gun laws,” we ought to be recognizing them for what they really are: Intolerable Acts. We also need to understand that even though the proposed law change is popularly referred to as “Constitutional carry,” infringements still exist, notably through banning them in so-called “gun-free zones,” and the denial of an equal right to persons old enough to serve in the military.
It’s hardly a public safety issue for a number of reasons, including “permitless” open carry is already “allowed.” As for criminals carrying guns, even touching a firearm is against the law for what the government refers to as “prohibited persons.” And newsflash for the legislators: They call them “criminals” for a reason.
A truism I’ve yet to see refuted is that anyone who can’t be trusted with a gun can’t be trusted without a custodian. Such a person does not need a gun to create horrendous havoc, plus it’s not like “laws” stop them from getting guns in the first place. If someone has proven themselves dangerously untrustworthy, letting them move freely among the rest of us makes as much sense as opening the man-eating lion’s cage and letting him out because “his time is up.” That’s a problem society has yet to come up with an agreed-upon, due process-protecting solution for, but the undeniable truth is, degenerates predisposed to commit heinous acts on victims will – whenever they perceive they can get away with it.
Proponents of the carry measure expect to begin the simple majority override process in the West Virginia House and Senate, beginning as early as tomorrow. As of now, that looks like it’s expected to succeed, in spite of busybody out-of-state control freak Michael Bloomberg and his Everytown Astroturfers footing the bill for a propaganda campaign that, unsurprisingly, includes polls showing West Virginians can’t wait to become more like New Yorkers.
The sick thing is, that’s partially true. The state’s a mixed bag politically, seemingly bipolar with consecutive Republican presidential preferences and Democrat gubernatorial picks. And going forward, it seems the more government messes things up, the more its desperate victims turn to it to be rescued.
That’s what those who want our guns are counting on. And that’s why West Virginia gun owners need to make sure if there’s a price to be paid for Tomblin vetoing the bill and the legislature overriding it, the right people pay it.
You can watch the signing ceremony and hear all the excuses over on Gov. Tomblin’s YouTube site.