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Concealed Carry Its Your Right ^ | 24 March, 2011 | Larry Pratt

Posted on 03/24/2011 5:33:25 AM PDT by marktwain

Washington, DC --( America has come a long way from its 17th century founding. Massachusetts and Virginia had laws requiring travelers to be armed. In Massachusetts, congregants had to be armed.

That all changed, though, over the next couple of centuries when states began imposing massive amounts of gun control. These restrictions turned countless Americans into mandatory victims, and many innocent lives were lost as a result.

But now, we are ever so slowly inching our way back to removing the mountain of prohibitions on being armed in public. Prior to this year, three states had stopped requiring law-abiding citizens to first get a permit to carry firearms concealed in public. And now, legislators in Wyoming have added the Cowboy State to this growing list.

Constitutional carry is the term Gun Owners of America has applied to carrying firearms without getting prior approval from the government. It recognizes that the Second Amendment is serious when it says that our gun rights “shall not be infringed.” We hear statists say that all of our rights are subject to being balanced by the “interests” of the government. Such a view would have us forget that “We the People” are the boss, and the government works for us.

We have the “interests;” but the government has only one responsibility — to do what it is told.

For the people to be the sovereign — not just in theory, but in fact — we must be armed. For our employees to tell us how, when and where we might be armed is a role reversal. A disarmed sovereign is a sovereign that has suffered a coup d’état.

Constitutional carry is also a recognition that gun control only restricts the good guys. Criminals are not deterred by gun laws. Criminals are in the business of breaking laws, and breaking a gun law does not result in a crisis of conscience for criminals.

It is a huge mistake to think that any of the gun control measures on our books, or which have been proposed, deter criminals. Consider that in Mexico, in spite of a constitutional declaration of a right to have guns, there is only one gun store in the whole country — in Mexico City. If you manage to get a permit, it will be for a handgun of a fairly ineffective caliber, or for a limited selection of long guns. Then you can make your appointment and travel to Mexico City to finally get your gun.

Yet what dominates the news coming out of Mexico?

Guns. And the ones used by the drug traffickers are not usually the ones available to the American public. But tens of thousands of fully automatic machine guns have gone missing from the Mexican military. And, strange as it may seem (sarcasm), the same planes and boats that are used to smuggle drugs also smuggle firearms.

More civilians were murdered in Juarez last year than civilians in Afghanistan. Right across the border in El Paso, the murder rate is enormously lower. Texans own guns, and many of them carry concealed.

So, let’s get a grip on reality. Let’s remove the obstacles that impede the sovereign from arming himself where he chooses and when he chooses. It is the constitutional thing to do, after all.

Larry Pratt is the executive director of Gun Owners of America (GOA). For more information, and to join Gun Owners of America, visit

Gun Owners of America 8001 Forbes Place, Suite 102 Springfield, VA 22151 Phone: 703-321-8585 FAX: 703-321-8408

TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: banglist; carry; concealed; constitution
Larry frames the issue from the proper perspective.
1 posted on 03/24/2011 5:33:26 AM PDT by marktwain
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To: marktwain
Rights are usually lost (given up?) little by little.

"The price of liberty IS eternal vigilance." -- Thomas Jefferson.

2 posted on 03/24/2011 5:42:27 AM PDT by Jerrybob
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To: marktwain

He does indeed.

3 posted on 03/24/2011 5:44:58 AM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: marktwain

“Massachusetts and Virginia had laws requiring travelers to be armed. In Massachusetts, congregants had to be armed.”

Well, things have certainly changed in Massachusetts!

4 posted on 03/24/2011 5:47:27 AM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: marktwain


5 posted on 03/24/2011 6:37:19 AM PDT by TEXOKIE (Anarchy IS the strategy of the forces of darkness!)
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To: Jack Hammer
"Well, things have certainly changed in Massachusetts!"

Good Lord in Heaven, but THAT's the truth. My paternal line was among the first to set foot in Massachusetts (1630), and fought in the Revolutionary War to secure our rights, and the current denizens of the place are pissing all of it away.


6 posted on 03/24/2011 6:41:11 AM PDT by Wonder Warthog
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To: marktwain

Being a sound-minded, red-blooded American I’ve always considered being armed not just a right but my duty.

7 posted on 03/24/2011 6:44:56 AM PDT by Spruce
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To: marktwain

I carry all the time, in Wisconsin!

That said, if you decide to carry, take a class somewhere even in another state.

Contact a lawyer and learn your states laws utilizing deadly force.

Self defense is just that, self defense.It’s up to you.

8 posted on 03/24/2011 7:23:37 AM PDT by devistate one four (USC 10.311 Militia Kimber CDP II .45 OORAH! TET68)
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