Gabby Giffords is partnering with gun controllers in law enforcement to fight against national recognition of concealed carry permits for law-abiding citizens.
She is also using this partnership to fight against deregulation of firearm suppressors for law-abiding citizens.
According to The Washington Post, Giffords and her gun control partners in law enforcement are expected to send a memo “to the White House, Capitol Hill and activists during National Police Week.” The gist of the memo will be that National Reciprocity and suppressor deregulation endanger police officers.
Obama took a similar approach when trying to ban M855 ammo — i.e., “green tipped ammo” — for AR-15s in the spring of 2015. The ban was presented as supported by police as necessary to save police officers’ lives but was revealed to be just another gun control push when Fraternal Order of Police executive director James Pasco and others came out to say the ban was not needed. The Washington Examiner quoted Pasco saying, “[The M855] has not historically posed a threat to law enforcement.” Rather, he indicated the round was popular for target shooting.
In other words, the fear and smear campaign surrounding the M855 round was all hype.
In the same way, while Giffords invokes police in opposing national reciprocity and suppressor deregulation, she overlooks a January 2017 Pew Recenter Survey which shows police officers support gun rights over gun control by a 3 to 1 margin. Moreover, she ignores the fact that ATF Associate Deputy Director Ronald Turk is on record that the current regulations on suppressors are “archaic” and “should be reevaluated.”
Giffords is also overlooking the ever important, God-given nature of our rights. And because all the rights protected by the Bill of Rights are expressions of those unalienable rights with which Thomas Jefferson said we were endowed by our Creator, those rights remain with us wherever we go; they are part of our humanity.
So we do not have First Amendment freedom of speech protections in our hometowns or our home states only, but wherever we find ourselves in America. Nor do not have Fourth Amendment privacy protections in our hometowns or home states only, but wherever we may be. So too, the Second Amendment’s protections on the right to keep and bear arms is ours wherever we go. If the law does not reflect that, it means the law is bad and must be corrected. National reciprocity is the correction.
AWR Hawkins is the Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and host of Bullets with AWR Hawkins, a Breitbart News podcast. He is also the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.