Kentucky Advocates Fight to Secure Gun Rights

Kentucky Advocates Fight to Secure Gun Rights

( – The Second Amendment rights of citizens are coming under attack all across America, most notably recently in Virginia. Now, the people of Kentucky are fighting back before the lawmakers in their state think about doing the same thing.

On Friday, Jan. 31, 200 citizens made their way to the Kentucky Capitol to make sure the legislature knew they would not tolerate their state becoming the next Virginia. Lawmakers in that state passed seven gun control bills at the end of January. The bills range from a requirement that gun owners report stolen guns to the police to an assault weapons ban.

The Kentucky rally organizer, Tony Wheatley, told journalists that the group was diverse but determined. “These guys are farmers and doctors, and they are out here recognizing the same thing, that there are rights being infringed on, ” he said.

Although lawmakers in Kentucky aren’t currently trying to pass massive gun control laws, there are some rumblings. A group of gun violence victims is currently pushing legislators to pass a “red flag law.”

Kentucky residents have a reason to fear the passage of a law like that. The law essentially strips due process rights from law-abiding citizens who are deemed a threat by family members or police.

Eventually, the citizen gets a hearing in front of a judge, but not before their weapons are temporarily taken from them. They are guilty until proven innocent.

In addition to stripping law-abiding citizens of their due process rights, red flag laws infringe on the Second Amendment of the Constitution. The point of the law is to stop people before they commit a violent crime.

Well, that’s not how this works, the Constitution says, “…the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” It doesn’t say, “…the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed unless you seem like you might be scary.”

Unfortunately, at least 17 states have passed red flag laws, including Kentucky’s neighbor Indiana.

Going to the Capitol and preemptively letting their representatives know they will not be trifled with was a great idea. Public opinion sways votes, and the only way lawmakers will know how their constituents feel is if they speak up.

Complacency is how tyrants take over.

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