The Second Amendment protects the first, is a common phrase, but the right to bear arms will also allow you to protect your family, water, and crops, should disaster strike. A right written into the Constitution by our wise Founding Fathers should surely give an appearance of being written in stone and safe from attack. But sadly, little by little gun control advocates attempt to chip away at gun rights in America, causing both a great political divide and concerns that martial law would be enacted during an emergency.
As noted in the eFoodsDirect FEMA camps series, a significant number of Americans are fearful that the federal government could attempt to infringe upon our Second Amendment rights and shuttle us all like cattle into a “secure and safe” area behind a fence. Although the thought of being pushed onto trains and delivered to such a camp is considered an extreme example of government overreach which would impede the right to bear arms, smaller and less headline-grabbing attacks, are occurring in Congress on a rather routine basis.
The most recent example of a Second Amendment infringement comes from a piece of legislation penned by a New York Democrat. Representative Carolyn Maloney recently introduced the Firearms Risk Protection Act, which could cause the cost of gun ownership to skyrocket. On the flip side, the right to open carry was upheld during an encounter between a legal Georgia gun owner in an Atlanta airport.
Open Carry Win
Jim Cooley took a loaded rifle in the airport in and was nearly immediately questioned by both a fire marshal and a police officer. The Winder, Georgia man was why he chose to open carry his AR-15. Cooley was not breaking any laws, and after he was questioned by the officer and then told to have a good day, he went on his way. The gun-toting occurred at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport, and a video of the conversations with airport staff quickly went viral.
Jim Cooley was legally allowed to open carry the AR-15 rifle at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport because of a year-old law in the state. Cooley told the media that he knew he was lawfully exercising his Second Amendment rights by carrying the AR with a loaded 100-round drum at the airport while dropping his daughter off for her flight.
As the open carry viral video clearly shows, both of the stop and chat sessions reportedly occurred in the “unsecured areas” of the Atlanta airport. When asked why he was carrying the AR-15 rifle, Cooley responded that he was exercising his Second Amendment rights and was, as always, concerned about personal safety. Each time that Cooley was stopped for carrying the loaded rifle, he asked if he was being detained — each time, the airport staffers responded that he was not. As the viral video shows, the encounters appear to be polite and respectful.
“I told her [the officer] I was carrying this for safely when she asked me why. It shouldn’t matter what I carry, just that I choose to carry. You never know where something might happen. If you don’t exercise your rights, the government doesn’t have any hesitation taking them away,” Cooley also told the media.
“At no time was Mr. Cooley deprived of his ability to leave property or freely move around the airport with the weapon. Officers followed to assure the safety of all patrons at the airport,” an Atlanta police report about the open carry of a loaded rifle at the airport reportedly states.
Second Amendment Threats
Gun insurance could soon be added to the list of requirement to purchase and carry a firearm. New York Democrat House of Representatives member Carolyn Maloney introduced the Firearm Risk Protection Act, a gun control bill that would require every American who wants to own a gun to also purchase and carry liability insurance, in late May. Maloney is reportedly known as the “biggest gun control advocate” in Congress. The Democrat also recently reintroduced a bill which would require background checks for all firearms sold at gun shows.
The legislation would mandate that gun owners buy liability insurance coverage before being permitted to buy a handgun or a rifle form a store or dealer. A $10,000 fine would be issued if a gun owner opted to exercise his or her right to bear arms without buying gun insurance. The only United States citizens exempt from the Firearm Risk Protection Act mandate would be members of the military and law enforcement officers.
“We require insurance to own a car, but no such requirement exists for guns,” Representative Maloney said in a statement about the recently proposed gun control bill. “The results are clear: car fatalities have declined by 25 percent in the last decade, but gun fatalities continue to rise.”
According to the Democrat behind the legislation which many Second Amendment advocates feel infringes on the right to bear arms, there is no existing incentive for gun owners to “take precautions” to reduce “accidents” like exist for motorists who are required to purchase car insurance:
“An insurance requirement would allow the free market to encourage cautious behavior and help save lives. Adequate liability coverage would also ensure that the victims of gun violence are fairly compensated when crimes or accidents occur. Background checks keep guns out of criminal hands, but for no good reason current law allows many guns to be sold without this basic step. It wouldn’t be hard for gun show hosts to set up a background check station for private sellers. Many states already have this requirement, and my legislation would nationalize it.”
Carolyn Maloney is also the author of the Gun Show Loophole Closing Act. The legislation would require anyone selling or transferring a gun to report to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System and mandate that such transfers be reported to the attorney general.
George Mocsary, a professor from the Southern Illinois University School of Law, shared his thoughts on the pending gun insurance legislation:
“The last year has seen a number of calls for legislation requiring would-be gun owners to maintain liability insurance. The idea is that it would serve as a private regulator of guns and compensate victims of gun violence. There’s good reason to believe, however, that insurance would fall short of both of these goals. 20 percent of gun violence victims are shot by criminals while committing a crime themselves. Roughly 97 percent of deaths caused by firearms are the result of suicide or homicide—neither of which fall under liability policies. There’s no reason to believe a criminal who doesn’t fear criminal sanctions for homicide would fear a penalty for not insuring.’
Gun owners from around the country have not been shy about registering their displeasure over Carolyn Maloney’s Firearm Risk Protection Act both on social media and when talking to reporters. Many have stated that the Americans who cannot afford the insurance will have their Second Amendment rights yanked away. Others have aptly noted that gun crimes are most often committed by individuals with an illegal gun, who will not bother with purchasing the gun insurance in the first place.
The logic behind the Firearm Risk Protection Act is as flawed as the thinking behind the Gun Free Zone signs posted at various businesses. Law-abiding gun owners will obey the signs out of fear of losing their concealed carry permit or being arrested for open carry. But the criminals who wish to go inside the restaurant or store to rob the establishment, they will merely scoff at the sign – if they even notice the posting on the door in the first place.
What do you think about the Georgia airport open carry viral video and the gun insurance law proposed by Representative Carolyn Maloney?