I can’t excuse political abuse by calling it a misunderstanding. That doesn’t work anymore. I can’t explain discriminatory laws as an accidental infringement of our rights. Let’s tell the truth; some politicians hate firearms owners and have passed bigoted laws against us. It isn’t done for public safety, because here are a few examples of crazy gun laws that put all of us at greater risk.
I am a responsible firearms owner. Say I have contractors working at my home, or my home is damaged in some way and is no longer secure. In some states, I can’t move my guns to my neighbor’s house for safe keeping. Yes, it is against the law to move the firearms to a safe place off my property. Another good reason to store my guns with a friend for safe keeping is if I’m going to be away from home for a several days. Some states outlaw that simple practice. I suppose I could sell my firearms each time I go on vacation, but it is illegal to store them someplace safe on a temporarily basis. To do so would be a misdemeanor. In some states it is a felony once my neighbor hands my guns back to me after keeping them secure. Those are a few of the ways crazy firearms restrictions that put us all at greater risk.
Some states restrict firearms education. Some state and local laws prohibit temporary possession of a firearm under common circumstances. I couldn’t bring a firearm to your house for non-shooting educational purposes, nor could you come to my house or business to learn basic firearms safety. Instruction is only allowed at some official shooting ranges. This is like requiring that student drivers must buy their own car before the student could take driving lessons. Now do you see the problem? Oppressive firearms regulations have made it illegal for an instructor to take someone out on private property and teach the student how to shoot.
These overly restrictive laws certainly restrict firearms education. Ignorance about firearms is dangerous.
The second way oppressive firearms laws have outlawed instruction is to eliminate shooting ranges. Yep, it’s true. Several cities require practical experience before a citizen can have a permit. Some of these same cities have also regulated private shooting ranges right out of their city. That seems more like anti-gun bigotry than an inadvertent accident.
The craziness doesn’t end there. In some cities it is a crime NOT to file a police report if your guns are stolen. At the same time, some of the overworked police departments in crime ridden, anti-gun cities won’t come out to investigate the theft of your property. Put those two things together for yourself. YOU must report a crime that the police don’t want to investigate. To do otherwise makes you a criminal.
That goes beyond crazy. That is hardcore bigotry against honest firearms owners. Some judges view firearms owners as criminals.
Let’s not mince words. People who punish and restrict the innocent are bigots. Much of the language and many of the actions by the anti-rights gun-control groups is designed to alienate gun owners from the rest of society. The reason is simple. It is easier for politicians to oppress an alienated minority. This is bigotry. Seeing this treatment as bigotry and then calling this treatment out is the first step in stopping it.
Let’s call it what it is.