Does That Sound Like a “Right” to You?

I’m being investigated by the county sheriff – again. He investigated me five years ago. And five years before that.

The FBI investigates me on a semi-regular basis too – dozens of times in the past ten years in fact.

Why? Because I am a firearms owner exercising my Constitutional Rights. 

With all of that investigating, does that sound like a “Right” to you?

The full story is that I needed to renew my concealed carry permit this month. Which means that I had to apply to the local sheriff for a background check, involving time off work on two separate days and $100 worth of paperwork. This process is repeated every five years so that I am “licensed” to carry a concealed handgun. 

That’s on top of the FBI running a NICS background check on me every time I purchase a firearm (or even select pieces of firearms). Every. Single. Time.

Does that sound like a “Right” to you?

To be clear, I live in a Constitutional Carry state thanks to the untiring efforts of my state gun rights organization. BUT, if I need to carry across state lines to visit relatives, go to the hunting property, protect myself while traveling, etc, I need to have a permit which is reciprocally recognized by EVERY state I cross. Except at least one neighboring state does NOT recognize my not only Constitutional, but also educated, tested, investigated, and paid for, LICENSED right to carry a firearm.

The straightest route to the hunting property is through a short corner of that non-permissive neighboring state. Which means I have to either remember to pull over before the border, in order to lock up the gun in the back of the car out of reach, or make sure it is locked up at the start of the trip so I don’t forget – effectively disarming myself and stripping myself of a Constitutional Right just because I have to drive through 20 miles of a state that fought in the frickin’ Revolution, and should know better.

Does that sound like a “Right” to you?

How many times in my life do I have to prove to some bureaucrat that I am a good person in order to exercise a God-given right that is supposedly ensured by the Constitution of the United States of America?

And the lefty looney-tooners want to institute “Universal” Background checks? You mean they’re not universally infringing upon my rights already? This virtuous-sounding concept is evil at its core – because it essentially assumes that I am guilty of something heinous until “proven” innocent by a background check. That is at its root a violation of due process rights.

How many times do I have to prove this – that I am innocent until proven guilty?

Oh yeah, and that doesn’t take into account red flag laws where someone who simply doesn’t like me can claim I am a “threat” and have what’s left of my 2nd Amendment rights stripped from me WITHOUT being proven guilty – without due process of law – which is another Constitutional right by the way. That one is covered by TWO amendments – the Fifth and the Fourteenth.

Does any of that sound like a “Right” to you?

Yeah, it doesn’t to me either.

So, what are WE gonna DO about it?