The Constitution of the United States of America guarantees that each and every American has the exact same rights as every other American. How that shakes out in day-to-day life may be another matter, but the Constitution is the Constitution.
However, at Huffington Post, it seems they don’t understand how that works. Why else would they publish a post titled, “The Constitution Gives Gun Owners Greater Rights Than Women,” anyway?
Here’s a disturbing fact to consider in 2018, the year women supposedly began to topple the patriarchy: Gun owners in the United States, a majority of whom are men, have better constitutional rights than women.
Gun owners have the Second Amendment, in place since the 18th century. The U.S. is one of only three countries that offer constitutional protection to gun owners.
Women, meanwhile, have been fighting for an equal rights amendment for decades. That’s because the Constitution does not actually grant women equal rights under the law, setting the country apart from 131 other nations that explicitly guarantee gender equality in their constitutions.
This failing means that when it comes to a raft of issues ― including equal pay, sexual harassment and domestic violence ― women lose.
“On the moral plane, there’s a sense in which the Constitution sets forth our human rights and to not have the human rights of women in there is a gross omission,” said Jessica Neuwirth, president of the ERA Coalition, a group founded in 2014 that’s dedicated to amending the Constitution. “It just makes no sense.”
Except, the 14th Amendment already provides equal protection under the law, and it doesn’t specify race or anything else. Further, federal law already covers that raft of issues. Not to mention, the courts have never found that women “lose” on any of those issues.
The fact is, every person in the country is covered by the Constitution equally, both gun owners and women.
Further, the post completely ignores that the fastest growing segment of the gun community is women. More and more women are buying guns, making them a large chunk of the firearm market. They’re growing quickly, and may soon become a majority of the gun market.
But apparently, they don’t have the same rights as male gun owners for some reason.
This is nothing more than a pathetic attempt to both stigmatize gun owners and use the current debate to push for the Equal Rights Amendment. It’s a progressive two-fer.
And it’s nonsense.
Gun owners are subject to somewhere around 20,000 gun laws in this country. These are laws at the federal, state, county, and community level and cover everything from when and where you can carry a firearm to what kinds of firearms you can own and what kind of ammunition you can use. Almost every aspect of firearm ownership is subject to scrutiny by some level of government somewhere.
All of these run counter to the literal wording of the Second Amendment where it says “the people’s right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”
Yet women, as a general rule, have no such worries to deal with. They don’t have an amendment that expressly singles out women for protection, but they’re arguably covered under the 14th.
The courts today aren’t exactly known for upholding discriminatory laws that negatively impact women, but more than a few are known to be rabidly anti-gun.
But then again, this is the Huffington Post. Who actually expects anything but hysterics from them?