Does Tragedy in Texas have bearing on Natural Rights in Wisconsin?

Could Wisconsin citizens who haven’t done anything wrong lose their constitutional rights because of a tragedy in Texas? Add in never-ending media reports on the same event.

Someone shot up a bunch of people in another state. Not surprisingly, there are politicians in Madison and Washington who are willing to compromise our constitutional rights and make us less safe. We have to watch them carefully.

Like Texans, Wisconsin citizens have had the legal option of Open Carry, or the right to carry a pistol on the hip, since the 1880s. While it is legal, it can be awkward, unfashionable, and make others feel uncomfortable. Most responsible gun owners are sensitive about that and usually don’t carry openly except at events where others do it too.

Wisconsin citizens have the advantage of the Right to Keep and Bear Arms according to Article I, Section 25 of the Wisconsin Constitution, passed in 1998. It makes bearing arms a right, rather than a privilege, just like the right to free speech.

Wisconsin citizens can also get a concealed carry permit. Libertarians don’t like having to pay for permission to exercise our constitutional rights but, it is an option for some.

“Americans have the right and advantage of being armed – unlike the citizens of other countries whose governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.” – James Madison

Of course, both of the old parties like to control us with regulations, fees and bureaucratic hoops to jump through.

What about “Red Flag” laws, which remove rights from certain scary people without due process? ”Honest, decent, law-abiding people should not lose their rights because some judge thinks they might do something in the future. That’s the Soviet Union model, not the American,” observes Judge Andrew Napolitano

“There are forces in this country that have been trying to take guns away from Americans for generations,” Napolitano said. “These forces will try to use this tragedy to walk closer to their goal, which is to disarm citizenry. And a disarmed citizenry is a nation of sheep.”

“Sens. Lindsey Graham and Richard Blumenthal announced Monday a bipartisan bill that would create a federal grant program to assist states in adopting “red flag” laws, in response to the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio over the weekend.” -(Fox News)

“Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers is joining with fellow Democratic Attorney General Josh Kaul in supporting a law allowing judges to take away firearms from people determined to be a threat to themselves or others.” -(AP) Take away guns which are already legally owned.

Freedom is in our interests for many reasons, while gun control (a.k.a., “victim disarmament”) is against the public interest, whatever the excuse. I bet there are WalMart customers who carry concealed daily.

We would all be safer if private businesses and public places took down their “No Weapons Allowed” signs. Have there been any mass shootings which occurred in a place which had not been posted?

It’s not hard or complicated. Take them down. Rather than whining about government protection, let’s demand that we be allowed to defend ourselves and our families.

Libertarians believe “The only legitimate function of government is to recognize and protect the rights of those under its jurisdiction.”

Jim Maas, Madison, is a former Chair of the Libertarian Party of Wisconsin.

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