Allow This! Texas Open-Carry Story Illustrates How Far We've Fallen from the Constitution
It may seem like a small thing, but the lead sentence in this Dallas Morning News story nicked a nerve somewhere in my jaw.
Newly sworn in Sen. Don Huffines said Thursday the Texas Legislature would approve a bill that allows Texans to carry guns without a permit.
You saw it too: "that allows Texans to carry guns without a permit."
Most Dallas Morning News readers will think nothing of it, and instead ponder whether they think it's a good idea to "allow" so-called open carry (if they do any thinking at all).
Of course, some might wonder why I quibble, after all, they'd say, our U.S. Constitution's Second Amendment allows individuals "to keep and bear arms."
It clearly does NOT. It does not ALLOW us to do anything.
Rather it forbids the U.S. government from infringing on our natural, God-given right to self-defense. We don't need permission from the government to protect ourselves from hoodlums, from foreign invaders, or from even the U.S. government, if it should breach the constitutional wall.
The 14th Amendment applies this constitutional protection of natural rights to all citizens against encroachment by any state.
No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws. (from Amendment XIV, Section 1)
So, when Texas, or any other state, passed laws forbidding us "to keep and bear arms," it overstepped its constitutional bounds. Sen. Huffines' legislation will put the state government back inside the constitutional walled compound. (My beef is not with the senator, who understands that we don't need a permit to exercise natural rights.)
The legislation, which Governor Greg Abbott says he will sign, does not "allow" anything. It restores a right that the government was not "allowed" to infringe in the first place.
There now, I feel much better. How about you?