According to some estimates, in 2013 over 40,000 laws were passed in all 50 US states, many of which will become effective in early 2014. While a majority of those laws cover everything from food stamps, road work, and infrastructure it is almost a certainty that among them are laws intended to further infringe on the 2nd Amendment rights to law-abiding citizens. But the goal in 2014 isn’t going to be sweeping federal reform on gun rights – that will be done at the local levels where it will often attract lesser notice, and if American citizens are unaware they could wind up losing everything our Founders established.
Last night President Obama said in his 2014 State of the Union address,
Citizenship means standing up for the lives that gun violence steals from us each day. I have seen the courage of parents, students, pastors, and police officers all over this country who say “we are not afraid,” and I intend to keep trying, with or without Congress, to help stop more tragedies from visiting innocent Americans in our movie theaters, shopping malls, or schools like Sandy Hook.
But with most of Obama’s rhetoric on gun control largely vanished from his previous State of the Union speeches, it appears that he will attempt to use what limited powers he has in Executive Orders to pass reforms that don’t require Congressional debate or approval. John Feeblest, a top policy aide to former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who is bankrolling the “Mayors Against Illegal Guns” and “Moms Demand Action” groups, stressed that eight states have passed more restrictive gun laws since the Newtown massacre and gun control proponents won all three of Virginia’s 2013 statewide elections. Feinblatt said he expects Obama to add to the gun control-related executive actions at some point in 2014, though the White House did not advertise or announce any new or forthcoming executive actions Tuesday. (Epstein)
So what could 2014 hold for both sides of the 2nd Amendment debate? Previously, I’ve discussed how the apparent future goal for the gun-regulation community is no longer national reform, but instead moving States towards first a State-level and then national gun registry with locations like California, Connecticut, and Washington D.C. leading the movement. Adding to the issue, media conglomerate Gavials Media, which owns 88 newspapers in 12 states, was recently leaked to be considering using Public Records Act requests to build the largest database of concealed weapons permit holders in order to “explore the ‘explosion’ of CCW permits in the US”. (Howley)
I’ve also discussed how gun registration is already leading to confiscation in places like New York City and San Francisco. So it’s not overly surprising now to see politicians in these effected areas now freely removing their assorted “masks” and put into action laws where citizens were either largely indifferent to, or took a “doesn’t impact me” position. But (and this may make a few nerves raw) fact of the matter is, late January’s active shooter event at a “gun free zone” in a Maryland mall proves the fallacy of such legislation that do nothing to deter criminals – only the law-abiding. Meanwhile major gun manufacturers Smith & Wesson and Ruger announced they will no longer sell their handguns in California after the State legislature mandated new mircostamping, a technology that has been largely unproven, on all handguns sold beginning in 2014. (Chiaramonte)
So in light of all this, in November when mid-term elections roll around, citizens need to take to the polls and make their voices heard. Most of what President Obama said last night in the State of the Union will largely prove to be empty threats and only force various government agencies further into the bureaucratic red tape already miring the government. But still I’ve already seen cries on social media for gun owners to immediately go out and buy more guns and ammo in fear of imaginary legislation (something that only places undue pressures on the current supply for no reason other than fear). It still falls on us, the citizenry to change things, and for the sheepdogs to protect the sheep with truth and reason.
Chiaramonte, Perry. “Gun flight: Smith & Wesson, Ruger quit California over stamping requirement.” 26 January 2014. Fox News. 26 January 2014 .
Epstein, Reid. “State of the Union 2014: Gun control mostly vanishes from speech.” 28 January 2014. Politico. 28 January 2014 <http://www.politico.com/story/2014/01/state-of-the-union-2014-gun-control-102766.html?hp=l3>.
Howley, Patrick. “Newspaper conglomerate considers building massive database of gun owners.” 24 January 2014. The Daily Caller. 26 January 2014 .