Skip to comments.So Much For Small Government (New York Times Masthead Editorial)
Posted on 10/29/2011 8:16:20 AM PDT by goldstategop
This extreme legislation, the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011, would obliterate state and local eligibility rules for concealed weapons and the states discretion to decide whether to honor anothers permits.
At least 36 states now set a minimum age of 21 for carrying concealed guns, and 35 states require some sort of gun-safety training. Thirty-eight states prohibit people convicted of certain violent crimes like misdemeanor assault or sex crimes from carrying concealed weapons.
The act would override those rules, requiring states with tight restrictions, like New York and California, to allow people with permits from states with lax laws to tote concealed and loaded guns in their jurisdiction. Wording added by the committee exempts people with a concealed-carry permit from one state from having to meet eligibility standards set by the state they are visiting.
The measure, pushed by the National Rifle Association, would undermine legitimate states rights by nationalizing lenient gun rules most states have rejected for themselves. It would increase the chance for gun violence and make it harder to combat illegal gun trafficking.
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I wonder what they would say if we citizens here in Arizona decided to NOT RECOGNIZE any DRIVER’S License from people from California using the sole reason that their standards are too lax and allow ANYONE to get a license regardless of their competence. Same Argument. Or maybe we should go 1 step further:
No License or permit issued from another State for any reason shall be Valid or recognized in the State of Arizona unless that State recognizes ALL Arizona permits and licenses.
Tit for Tat
This is not a states rights issue, but a Constitutional issue. The Second Amendment applies to ALL states and citizens. What part of “Shall not be infringed” do they not understand?
A license is a privilege, not a right. The RKBA is enshrined in the Constitution. It may not be popular with media liberals but the Second Amendment is there in black and white. If they don’t like it, they can work to repeal it.
Does this mean that state and local governments should be allowed to set their own rules on abortions too?
Liberals say no state should be allowed to infringe abortion rights. Then again, it perfectly illustrates liberal hypocrisy about states’ rights.
I agree, however by taking this approach it would force the Marxist Gun Grabbers to make that EXACT ARGUMENT. That IT IS A RIGHT not a Privilege. I say force the issue.
I love how the Times always write their anti gun tripe while hiding behind metal detectors and ARMED security guards.
The first part of the statement has been disproved so many times only a fool would use it. The second part doesn't even apply
Your plan sounds good to me.
I love how they invoke the small government meme on a completely irrelevant subject.
NYT is all for state’s rights, doncha know.
In my opinion, this legislation doesn’t go nearly far enough. It needs to legalize Vermont-style carry nationwide. Then let the liberals go into paroxysms! :)
Typical leftist hypocrisy: All for Big Government when it forces the homosexual agenda, the welfare state, more suicidal environemental legislation, etc. down our collective (no pun intended) throats. But something that actually is mentioned in the Constitution -- nyet, comrade!
They're all for states' rights, until it threatens one of their golden calves. Double-plus ungood!
Of course, it's not hypocrisy when they do it.
Doom on these smug, arrogant, lying, manipulative cretins.
The New York Times has given us the perfect gift in this editorial. For this logic is also applicable to the gay marriage issue.
States should not have to recognize the (insert license name here) of other states. The NYT goes for gun licenses... but there are marriage licenses, too.
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