Gun Laws Manifest Ongoing Polarization Of America

BY Herschel Smith
7 months, 2 weeks ago

It’s obvious to everyone that there is an ongoing polarization in America, in fact with increasing speed and ferocity.  In New York the claim by gun owners has routinely been that NYC is NYC, and upsate is a different beast.  They honor their gun rights around those parts.  I wonder how this will affect them?

Family members, school administrators and law enforcement officials can seek to get guns confiscated from people deemed by courts to be an “extreme risk” to themselves or others, under legislation signed Monday.

The “red flag” law, as it’s called, takes effect in 180 days.

That’s not just NYC.  Next up, from reader Mike, Oklahoma just passed constitutional carry.

OKLAHOMA CITY — Individuals will be able to carry firearms in Oklahoma without a permit or training starting Nov. 1, when a bill passed by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Kevin Stitt goes into effect.

The bill is the first signed by Stitt since he took office.

And there is dispute in Maryland.

Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis wants Maryland lawmakers to know he will not comply with any bill that restricts a person’s Second Amendment right.

Legislators heard testimony from constituents and public officials during a hearing on Monday that addressed 19 different bills related to firearms. When speaking to a room of people after testifying, Lewis reiterated his thoughts on these bills.

“We’re gonna let them know that we are sick and tired of being penalized for Baltimore City’s inability to control crime,” Lewis told the room in a video that circulated on social media. “If these bills pass, we will not comply.”

Lest he be considered a hero, here the rest of his argument and one of his reasons.

Lewis, who has worked in law enforcement for the past 35 years, said he was not opposed to every piece of gun legislation that has been introduced to the Maryland General Assembly. Rather, he only raises issue with the bills that would “further encroach or infringe upon law-abiding citizens’ right to bear arms.”

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Another piece of legislation that Lewis took issue with is House bill 612, which would add a Colt AR-15 Sports H-BAR (heavy barrel) rifle to the list of regulated firearms in the state. Lewis said this bill, if passed, would lead to confiscation without compensation.

“There are bills that would truly make it a suicide mission for a sheriff deputy or a Maryland state trooper,” said Lewis, who personally owns multiple AR-15 rifles. “There are just so many reasons why this is unjust and unconstitutional.”

So what if the gun owners were compensated – would that make it okay to the Sheriff?  And what if there were enough officers to effect confiscation without it being a suicide mission?  Would he participate in such a thing?

He needs to have all the right reasons for opposition to gun control, and right now, he doesn’t.

Expect this kind of thing to continue, and increase in speed and intensity.  The left is lurching further leftward, as their heart tells them to do, and the right is splitting into two factions – those who will follow just behind the left, and those who will drift further right.

There are froggy times coming.


Comments

  1. On March 1, 2019 at 7:33 am, DAN III said:

    “Kill all they send.”

    SAT CONG

  2. On March 1, 2019 at 8:36 am, TheOtherGeorge said:

    “If these bills pass, we will not comply.”

    That is one effective answer to the situation. Were there enough gun owners who refused to comply, the new anti-gun laws would instantly be ineffective and would be so without the need for any further action on the part of the gun owners. They simply cannot jail everybody. Of course, TPTB would then attempt to “make an example” of some of those “protestors” in order to instill fear in the others, but if there were enough resolve to refuse to comply, then the protest would be successful. Basically the same mechanics are operative here as are operative in the “war on drugs” – enough people ignoring the law makes the law ineffective.

  3. On March 1, 2019 at 12:24 pm, Towser said:

    I grew up in Western NYS and lived there for most of my life. I did not own a handgun until I moved out of state. Why? Because one needs a CCP to buy a handgun there and every handgun is listed on said permit. I’d considered going through the motions many times but I never followed through. What does this have to do with this post? Plenty. While many may honor a citizen’s gun rights, the state still does not and makes it near impossible exercise those rights short of seeking out the black market. The “law” has already made felons out of many innocent citizens already and will continue to churn out more every day. It is a no win situation. Seems to me open defiance is the only option these days.

  4. On March 1, 2019 at 7:48 pm, Gryphon said:

    Having read Many similar Articles about “Sheriffs Opposed to Gun Control” over the past six Months or so, I believe that Many, if not All of these “Elected Officials” are really just Struggling to position themselves for the upcoming “Troubles”… Nobody, Citizen or government offal, who is Aware of what is going on in regards to “gun control” and Constitutional Liberty, thinks that this will be “Resolved” by Voting. It Can’t. Our Rights are Not open to Debate or ‘Vote’)

    I Think that the .gov employees who are Closest to Eating a Bullet (or 30) for the (((bolshevik))) Leftist politicians are beginning to Recognize that those Peanut Shells in the Hall mean the Elephant is Lurking Close, and they will be Forced, eventually, to face it. They are trying (and in this fool’s case, Failing) to Hide their Statist Proclivities in an attempt to somehow placate the Citizens who could Crush them in a matter of Hours if it came to that.

    All of these Words are Meaningless unless and UNTIL one of these Sheriffs actually stands up and Arrests a state thug or fedpig – until then, We should consider them to be just another Badge-Wearing Enemy of the Republic, and Prepare accordingly.

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