Their latest move is a proposed law being circulated and discussed in Forsyth County, NC which would make firearms illegal to carry in local parks. Supporting the measure, the editorial pages of the Winston-Salem Journal make an argument that County officials should “curb, not promote, guns in parks,” because visitors will not feel safe and will be discouraged from visiting.
Um…so not true. Most people feel safe knowing they can exercise their natural right of self protection, than be restricted from the option altogether.
Nonetheless, Forsyth County commissioners are negotiating policies that would restrict visitors with concealed carry permits from carrying their firearms. The Journal is demanding County by pass the Constitution and federal law, yet provides not one scintilla of evidence to warrant such a move, except engage in flawed logic:
Some children play in parks. Children and guns don’t mix. Guns should be outlawed in parks.
If County officials were to enact this law they would be in violation of the Second, Fourth, and Fourteenth Amendments to the Constitution, and subsequent federal law.
In February 2011, an amendment to the existing “Credit Card Disclosure Act of 2009” guarantees citizens the right to possess firearms in 391 of the 394 national parks and wildlife refuges in America. Yes, even in parks where kids play.
For now, Forsyth County commissioners voted to postpone action, but anti gun proponents will continue to sell the same flawed logic and scare gimmicks to cast a dark shadow on the carrying of firearms.
Whether it is medical marihuana users, college students, or park dwellers, anti gun advocates will use whatever it takes to eventually take firearms away from all of us, step by step if necessary, and regardless of whether it is un Constitutional or illegal.
This is not about “right wing partisan politics”; this is one more story about an agenda to disarm our citizens. Be vigilant.
“They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
— Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759.