Carrying a firearm is a privilege. It is a gift from government. Did you know that? Cuz I sure as heck didn’t.
I was always under the impression that we had a right to keep and bear arms. That that right was protected by something called the Constitution. And that the purpose of that founding document was to keep the government’s grubby hands off our basic rights.
I guess I was wrong, though. Because according to Massachusetts Rep. Marjorie Decker, bearing arms is a “privilege” in America.
“It is a privilege that we allow individuals to hold onto something that causes harm and death,” the Cambridge Democrat said at a Public Safety Hearing last Thursday. “It is a privilege to have a car license, it is a privilege to have a gun license.”
Well, that clarifies things, doesn’t it? They allow us to carry firearms. If that statement doesn’t send you up a wall, I don’t know what will.
Local gun rights advocate Jim Wallace told The Greenfield Recorder that Decker’s statement is characteristic of Bay State leadership.
“One of the problems that we face here in Massachusetts is that the Second Amendment is barely recognized in the state as a whole and certainly not as a civil right. I could not have asked for a better witness to that than the previous legislator that actually described our civil rights as a privilege,” said Wallace, executive director of the Gun Owners Action League (GOAL).
“I am aghast that an elected official would actually say that … but that’s not unusual,” he added.
Tyrants have ruled Massachusetts for some time now. Case in point, state Attorney General Maura Healey. Back in July of 2016, she put an end to the sale of black rifles with the stroke of a pen. State-compliant rifles that were legal to sell one day were deemed unlawful to sell the very next.
Healey also launched a “consumer safety” investigation into various firearms manufacturers, including Glock and Remington. It was another way to put the gun industry on notice. Your products aren’t welcome here.
And then, of course, just last week the Legislature enacted a ban on bump stocks and trigger cranks.