Progressive news stalwart ThinkProgress unwittingly entered the competition for the worst take in internet history Friday when it wondered aloud why Romaine lettuce is banned, but firearms are readily available.
“On Thanksgiving Day 2018, Americans couldn’t buy romaine lettuce because of a CDC recall linked to an E. Coli outbreak,” said the site’s Ryan Koronowski. “But even though gun violence is so mundane that a shooting at a mall in Alabama Thursday evening barely made national news, guns were still freely available at stores like Walmart across the country.”
Wow. Apparently there’s not a whole lot of thinking going on over at ThinkProgress. This was a true “no-brainer.” Let’s break it down.
First of all, consider the apparently not-so-obvious.
The right to bear arms is fundamental. It is the second right granted by God to Americans to be protected by government. It’s right there in the Bill of Rights, right after the First Amendment and right before the Third. As I’m looking at my pocket Constitution, I see no right to bear romaine. Likewise, there is no right to bear arugula, spinach, or any other leaf vegetable that one might use to make a salad. Sorry to all the vegetarians out there.
Secondly, consider that banning romaine until it is free of E. Coli has little effect on one’s ability to defend himself against a tyrannical government, unless of course one was planning on hiding in his lettuce patch when the Communists at ThinkProgress take over.
Thirdly, it is far easier for the CDC to nix a vegetable than it is for the federal government to nix a Constitutional right. The latter takes time, and we haven’t even entered the discussion phase.
This is elementary stuff, except perhaps for the logically-challenged over at ThinkProgress.
2A Revolution: The Number of Concealed Carry Licenses Issued in Ohio Almost Doubled In 2020
Gun grabbers take another L.
2020 was a monster year for gun sales. The unrest that ensued following the death of George Floyd motivated millions of Americans to get strapped. As cities became hellscapes filled with looting and random acts of violence, Americans learned real quick that the most reliable form of defense in such chaotic times is the right to bear arms.
In addition, a substantial number of Americans took their gun ownership to the next level by applying for concealed carry licenses. Some figures from states such as Ohio suggest that 2020 was also a record year for the issuance of concealed carry licenses. According to Cam Edwards of Bearing Arms, data from Attorney General Dave Yost’s office uncovered that approximately 100,000 concealed carry licenses were issued to Ohioans in 2020.
These figures are the most since 2016 and represent a 78% increase since 2019. More specifically, Ohio sheriffs issued 96,892 new concealed licenses, while 72.340 ohio gun owners completed license renewals. 2018 and 2019 were the top two years for renewed concealed firearms licenses.
Ohio is currently ranked as the 23rd most pro-gun state in the nation according to Guns & Ammo magazine’s ranking for most pro-gun states in America. Additionally, it’s ranked in a sub-par 34th place for states most friendly towards the concept of concealed carry. Ohio’s gun laws still need work, but the state is moving in the right direction after it recently passed a bill to strengthen its Stand Your Ground laws.
The Second Amendment remains a powerful issue and America First proponents would do well to embrace it during election season, when there are many angry gun owners ready to pounce on anti-Second Amendment incumbents and candidates.
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