Wonder why April 19 is labeled “Patriots’ Day?”
Check 1775 and what happened in Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts: Colonials took up arms against British troops marching from Boston to seize their weapons. The day produced the “shot heard ’round the world” and touched off the American Revolution.
It’s not difficult to believe that one day so long ago set in motion a move by our founding fathers to include the Second Amendment to the Bill of Rights, the one that allows citizens to “keep and bear arms.”
OK, this continually debated amendment to our Constitution 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,” and it’s easy to understand, especially in this day and age, why it’s such a contentious issue. Do words like “militia” and “security” and “arms” and “infringed” apply today when “arms” are much more advanced than 240 years ago.
Nothing written today will stop that debate, but that’s not the point here.
What it centers around is those among us who believe they have some right to discard whatever intent the Second Amendment has in our society, whatever carryover there is from the days when the Bill of Rights became the first laws of our land, and whatever it means in our country today.
What’s clear is that Congress has never shown an intent to discard “the right of the people to keep and bear arms.”
But that’s not the only way to stop “the people” from using firearms. An empty rifle, pistol or shotgun is a machined piece of metal, and it’s become all too apparent that’s the way the anti-firearms folks decided to limit our Second Amendment.
All we have to do is look at the recent hub-hub over President Barack Obama’s move, a plan through the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, to ban the sale of 5.56 M855 ammunition. (Always thought The BATFE was the most unique assemblage of overseers in our national government.)
The claim was that this round could be used in pistols and could pose a threat to law enforcement.
After receiving more than 80,000 public comments in a week’s time, a letter signed by 23 states’ attorneys general (including Louisiana AG Buddy Caldwell) decrying the claim and calling for the BATFE to cease the sale-ban plan, and the Ammunition and Firearms Protection Act bill introduced into Congress by Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-North Carolina, the federal agency backed off the move that would have denied owners of AR-15 frames using the most common of 5.56 (.223 caliber) green-tipped ammo for target shooting.
When the collective attorney generals’ letter was released, Caldwell said, “It is important to make sure that the plan never resurfaces.”
Happy Patriots’ Day, including the anti-gun folks!