Fake Pastors Want To Repeal Mississippi Open Carry

BY Herschel Smith
1 month, 2 weeks ago

Source.

JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) – Some of the state’s religious leaders are going beyond church policy and asking for action on gun control from lawmakers.

This resolution from the state’s largest African American denomination may seem like it blurs lines of politics and religion, but Dr. CJ Rhodes explains it this way.

“One way you can look at it is this is an act of pastoral care. We shepherd people in our pews and our communities that are impacted by this, not just in terms of their physical well-being but mental, spiritual, [and] social well-being,” described Rhodes, Third Vice President of the General Missionary Baptist State Convention of Mississippi.

The General Missionary Baptist State Convention of Mississippi wants lawmakers to repeal the state’s open carry laws.

“There are a lot of sane gun owners out there,” said Rhodes. “And of course, living in, you know, Jackson, you know, you got to make sure you got something out you sometimes. But the fact of the matter is, so many of our people are being terrorized in our communities. We’ve got to do something about that as well. So, yes, I understand the Second Amendment. I understand, you know, bearing arms, but we also need to make sure that we can ensure that folks feel safe in their communities.”

Regarding the bit in italics, what?  What did he say?  Does he even know?

However, the Mississippi Justice Institute says that’s a complicated request.

“The first problem I see is that these advocates would have in trying to do this is that the Mississippi Constitution, in fact, protects the right to openly carry a firearm,” said MJI Director Aaron Rice.

And right now, there’s not a process for a constitutional amendment to be filed. MJI Director Aaron Rice says the resolution raises a similar concern for him as the Jackson mayor’s attempted order to ban open carry during the pandemic.

“Which is to point out that there’s high violent crime, and then to kind of make a boogeyman of open carry laws and making no attempt to actually link that high rate of violence to the open carry laws,” noted Rice.

They’re fake pastors.  They should be teaching theology to their congregants.  Instead, rather than connecting even a single crime to open carry, they’re out in public making things up, which of course is called lying in the Holy Writ.

Rice is right.  Open carry is protected by the Mississippi constitution according to OpenCarry.org.  Specifically, the constitution says as follows.

The right of every citizen to keep and bear arms in defense of his home, person, or property, or in aid of the civil power when thereto legally summoned, shall not be called in question, but the Legislature may regulate or forbid carrying concealed weapons.

Of course I don’t agree with regulating any carry at all, but if we’ve got to throw them a bone until passing constitutional carry, I’d actually prefer this scheme over regulating open carry.

As the saying goes, fine and well-ordered gentlemen openly display their weapons, while criminals hide them.


Comments

  1. On August 14, 2022 at 9:19 pm, Frank Clarke said:

    It’s all about “How do I see the world?”

    I (and probably you) see the world as populated largely by good people trying their best, within which population hides an occasional stinker.

    Now, I do carry a gun — which does not make me a bad person — and its effect is to enable me to stop the (hopefully extremely rare) stinker. Peripherally, I also protect you from that same stinker, and you don’t have to carry a gun to qualify for that protection.

    Don’t, however, mistake your confidence for the fact that you ARE protected by the actions of others, even if you aren’t aware of their actions.

    You’re welcome.

  2. On August 14, 2022 at 10:34 pm, Fred said:

    Mississippi is con carry. That section of the constitution about regulation is not enforced. Legislation was passed and the state attorney agrees, Mississippi has permitless carry. However, the manner of carry is weirdly defined.

    https://handgunlaw.us/states/mississippi.pdf

  3. On August 15, 2022 at 11:09 am, Redman said:

    What gated community do these ‘preachers’ live in?

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