In front of the Supreme Court building, dozens gun rights activists rallied in support of the D.C. vs. Heller decision, which was decided ten years ago today.
It was a chaotic scene, with protesters both opposed to the gun rights rally, and opposed to the separate Supreme Court decision in favor of Trump’s travel ban that came today. The entire rally was used largely to honor Dick Heller, who brought the historic case against Washington D.C., which led towards the historic decision reiterating the fact that a citizen’s right to bear arms is not connected to military service.
The event was headlined by Rep. Thomas Massie, who is known as the most pro-gun voice in Washington, D.C. Massie started off by calling Heller a “humble man” who simply wanted to have the ability to take his service weapon, that he was trusted with to protect dignitaries in Washington, D.C., home to protect himself.
Massie also used his platform to promote a number of pro-gun bills he is pushing in Congress. He promoted his Safe Schools Act, which repeals the Gun Free School Zones Act, the Safer Voter Act, which lowers the age to buy a handgun from 21 to 18.
Particularly he promoted the Safe Schools Act, which would repeal the Gun Free School Zones Act. He also promoted the Safer Voter Act to lower the age to buy a handgun to 18, because a “20 year old mom should be able to defend herself and her family.”
He also promoted Concealed Carry Reciprocity, specifically because it allows citizens to carry guns in Washington, D.C., because he believes “you shouldn’t have to disarm to enter our Nation’s Capital.”
Among the other speakers was Maj Toure, of the group “Black Guns Matter.” When he took the stage to speak, protesters began screaming “Black Lives Matter,” which he led a counter chant of “Black Guns Matter” in return. Along with that chant, there were other chants unrelated to the rally, including “no ban, no wall!”
The entire rally was streamed by News2Share reporter Ford Fischer, and can be viewed below.
Ted Cruz, Congressman Thomas Massie, and pro-gun activists celebrate DC v Heller, a landmark SCOTUS case that affirmed the individual right to bear arms.Filmed by Ford Fischer
Posted by News2Share on Tuesday, June 26, 2018
In the end, gun rights supporters made their voices heard in our Nation’s Capital.
Will Joe Manchin Pose a Threat to Gun Rights?
Manchin may not be as moderate as some make him out to be.
The common perception heading into the Biden presidency is that West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin will be one of the most powerful Senators in the next few years.
Given the conservative nature of Manchin’s West Virginian constituents, he has had to take several moderate positions and not move lockstep with the Democrats’ leftist faction. For example, Manchin has already gone on record against getting rid of the filibuster — an idea that is popular among progressives in the Democrat Party.
However, on the Second Amendment, Manchin will likely fall in line with his anti-gun Democrat colleagues, As Cam Edwards reported at Bearing Arms, Manchin told CNN’s Jake Tapper that he is willing to move gun control in the next congressional session. However, he wiggled his way out of Tapper’s question about banning modern sporting rifles.
“There has to be responsibility in gun ownership. I’m not going to eliminate people having their gun,” Manchin answered. “They shouldn’t be scared to death of Democrats on their Second Amendment, taking their guns away. … So no, we’re not going to take people’s guns away, but there are things that we should not have in people’s hands.”
West Virginia is known for having solid gun laws that make it easy for lawful individuals to possess and carry firearms. In light of this, Manchin has to take a measured approach to wedge issues like gun control lest he wants to face the wrath of West Virginia’s rabidly pro-gun voters.
However, we shouldn’t forget that Manchin teamed up with Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook massacre to push a universal background check bill. Grassroots pro-Second Amendment activists were able to defeat this anti-gun scheme, which left Obama and company disappointed. Additionally, pro-gun organizations such as the National Association for Gun Rights made a name for themselves in 2013 by exposing this bipartisan gun grab. Manchin can go the anti-gun route like most of his Democrat colleagues and he’ll try to find squishy Republicans to help propose “reasonable” forms of civilian disarmament.
Gun owners will likely have to step up again to confront another set of gun grabs. Democrats are now much more radicalized and they’re looking to exploit nationwide hysteria following the January 6th incident to ram through gun control. As always, right-wingers will have to remain vigilant.
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