Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Get on the list!

Not afraid to get on a list (Signers of the Declaration
 of Independence from the National Archives)
In my last post, Triumph, I was taken to task by anonymous for advancing the case for National Reciprocity-
"State concealed carry laws which require a "permit" is an idea crafted in the pits of hell. The real purpose is to register gun owners! People think it is so cool to have a permit for concealed carry - they don't understand that it is like the free sample of heroin." 
If you have followed me for any length of time, you know that I vehemently oppose state requirements for carry permits of any kind. I have worked continually, spending many hours supporting repeal of those laws in Tennessee. I view the permitting process as a part of Democratic imposed and often Republican supported redo of the slave codes.

They are a tax that hit those hardest who need defensive weapons the most. The Republican super-majority in Tennessee has so far failed to make a change.

But I digress . . .

I agree with anonymous that permits are a bad idea, but how about a reality check here.

Unless you are living in a cave, and getting your mail by passenger pigeon, the reality is that as a gun person, you are leaving paper trails all the time. Speculate with me a little here.

If we really get a rogue government in the future, they will know who you are. Here are some things to consider
  • Do you get any gun magazines in the mail? Would a rogue government hesitate to mine USPS data for information?
  • Have you bought gun parts, ammo, or accessories online? Would a rogue government hesitate to mine credit card information for data?
  • Do you look at gun-related videos on YouTube? Would a rogue government hesitate to mine viewers' information for data?
I could go on, but I think you get the picture.

You could try to isolate yourself on a virtual Ruby Ridge, which may not be any safer for you than the real Ruby Ridge was for Randy Weaver, or you could stand up and be counted.

When the appropriate time comes in the new year, lobby your legislator for national reciprocity. Here is a bill that does that. It does not create a Federal permitting system, but simply requires states to recognize all state's permits, like driver's licenses. It invokes the commerce clause if you are wondering how they can do that.

So join this list of individuals who have chanced getting on multiple government lists-
Alan Gottlieb, founder of the Second Amendment Foundation
John Richardson of No Lawyers, Only Guns and Money blog
Mark Walters host of Armed American Radio
Michael Bane of Down Range Radio, etc.
Paul Lathrop, founder of the Polite Society Podcast
Rob Morse of the Slow Facts blog
Tom Gresham, host of Gun Talk Radio

Now, who did I leave off that list?
Please add names and links in the comments.

And you?


  1. Ha, I love using the commerce clause against the progressives, like they have used to expand federal government. I am for the contraction of the federal government, but as long as progressives think the commerce clause can be used to justify an expansive national government role, we should use it, and give the progressives a taste of their own medicine. If they wanted to come together and reassess this use of the commerce clause, I would advocate eliminating all such questionable uses, however.

    1. It would have been nice if they had used the 2nd Amendment, too.

  2. Agreed!
    Similarly, here in Knoxville.
    The city is trying to ban guns from Chilhowee Park, claiming it's NOT a park (but something else).
    But for YEARS they have been 'enhancing' jail time by charging drug dealers with the crime of doing their business within 1000 ft of a park.

    If it's NOT a 'park' then they should have to unwind those sentences.

    If it IS a park, then it must fall under the 2015 legislation that took away all postings of parks in the state of Tennessee.

    They can't have it both ways?

  3. This discussion of National Reciprocity is attacking the problem in the wrong direction – moving us from limited liberty to less limited liberty instead of restoring full liberty and freedom.

    The logical solution to all this is for Congress to pass a law reiterating that the 2nd Amendment means exactly what it states - that the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.
    Consequently, all Federal, state and local laws or executive orders that infringe shall be considered unconstitutional, unenforceable, null and void.
    Further, all those who do attempt to enforce these unconstitutional laws and orders shall be arrested and prosecuted in Federal courts under Section 242 of Title 18 - deprivation of rights under color of law.


    In other words - no CCW licenses or peculiar weapons configurations needed in any states, territories or possessions of the United States, especially in those hotbeds of liberty like California New Jersey, New York and Massachusetts that would refuse to comply.

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