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Giving Only Congressman Reciprocal Right to Conceal Carry in DC is Misguided, It’s Everyone’s Right to Carry

A Republican Lawmaker is pushing to grant Congressmen reciprocal carry rights in DC in response to the attempted assassination of numerous Republican representatives today in Alexandria, Virginia.

On the surface, it may sound good, but not after you think about it for a moment.

Why only Congressional Representatives?

What makes them so special?  After all, we are all equal under the law, and our form of self-government allows for us to be ruled “by the people.”

So why preferential treatment only for those in elected office?

The California legislature pushed a similar bill after AZ Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot in 2011.  The problem is that ordinary citizens are routinely denied the same “special right” that some wish to confer on elected representatives.

The 2nd Amendment is clear.  It was intended to empower the people in the defense of their freedom and to secure their natural rights.

26 of the most powerful words in any language:

“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

The idea of creating a higher tier of rights that would apply only to those holding elected office would be deeply offensive to the founders and violate the intent and purpose of the establishment of the American government as outlined in the Declaration, and reinforced in the Constitution—which was, in essence, to secure and safeguard our natural, God-given rights—that of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

And when the government becomes the greatest threat to the very rights it was formed to protect—by abridging and infringing the 2nd Amendment for example—citizens have every right to “alter or abolish” it.

Best place to start—abolish laws that only apply to elected officials as if they are a “special class.”

The San Bernardino Terrorist Attack made it clear to every American paying attention that not only can’t the government protect you, it won’t—in fact, by granting a visa to a radicalized Muslim like Tafsheen Malik, they’ve put you in even greater danger.

And the most expedient way for the average American to improve their likelihood of surviving an active shooting situation?  Even in a gov’t-declared gun-free zone like San Bernardino?

Carry.  That’s right.  I said it.  Training with your weapon is important, but even more so, make sure it is with you and ready to go at all times.

Simply exercise your right “to keep and bear arms” and carry as necessary to perform the function that Government failed to do.

Note:  I didn’t say go beg for permission to carry from a Sheriff, and pay the government a yearly bribe to exercise your natural, God-given right to defend your life and your freedom.  Some people choose to do that.  My question to them is always—why? Most want to avoid trouble with the law.  But the only way to true freedom is to understand that your right to life trump all manmade laws, but you cannot live free if you cannot first think free.”

Do more than pray for the victims—empower yourself so that if you’re ever called upon, you neutralize the threat and save your own life and the lives of others.


Tim Donnelly

Former CA State Assemblyman

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