One of the essential foundations of our country is the private ownership and use of firearms. Through this, we were able to free our land from oppressive rule and establish a new nation based on personal liberty and freedom.
Our natural rights are expressed in the Bill of Rights, the first 10 amendments to the United States Constitution. And despite what those who wish to creatively reimagine and reinterpret say otherwise, they are in-fact individual rights, not collective rights, and a limitation on the government, not the people.
“To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of people always possess arms and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them.” Richard Henry Lee
But then comes the so-called Republican authored Bipartisan Safer Communities Act (BSCA) a massive new gun-control law passed in July 2022 as a knee-jerk response to tragic, targeted shootings – and law enforcement inaction – around the country. Ostensibly to “To make our communities safer”, it is now being used as the basis for numerous unwritten and unintended gun-control programs.
Once such measure is the United States Department of Education (DOE) using the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965 to claim the BSCA “[precludes] school hunting and archery classes…from receiving federal funding.” The DOE based this decision on a “plain-text reading” of the BSCA.
The Bipartisan Safer Communities Act (BSCA), amended a subsection in the ESEA to prohibit any act to provide dangerous weapons or pay for “training in the use of a dangerous weapon.” Yet the actual legislative intent was for this was to not fund training programs for school resource officers. Funding for this was provided under a separate provision.
Archery and hunter education classes provide safe, responsible, community-oriented programs for thousands of children across the country to develop life skills, learn firearm safety and build self-esteem.
The BSCA itself contains absolutely nothing that would have prevented the tragic shootings the law was enacted in response to. Most of the provisions were already in place at the state level, and as always, proved to be completely incapable of doing anything to prevent them.
Remember, gun control does absolutely nothing to increase public safety and the answer to fix that shortcoming is always to implement more gun control.
What the BSCA DID accomplish was open a pathway for more do-nothing to increase public safety laws which target law-abiding citizens right to bear arms while doing nothing to punish those who break the law and prey on others.
Of course, this isn’t the only attack on youth hunting and sports. California and Illinois have both banned advertising they consider to be targeted at minors. Any firearm-related advertising that could be “attractive to minors” or be considered to target children is subject to severe penalties. This includes advertisement of training, competition, sports or even youth-models of firearms downsized in caliber and size to be suitable for use by younger individuals. Noting of course, that no firearm can be sold to anyone under the age of 18, or now in some states, under the age of 21.
As with the new interpretation of the BSCA, these laws have nothing to do with public safety. They are intended for only one purpose, to convince the next generation of Americans the Second Amendment does not exist, making it easier to restrict and eventually eliminate the lawful private ownership of firearms.
Our children are the future of firearm ownership, the shooting sports, hunting, and the Second Amendment itself. By systematically denying them safety, educational and competitive sporting opportunities, these laws erode the very foundation of our nation’s heritage and freedom.
By the way, if you’d like to thank your RINO congressional members for their vote on passing this do-nothing to increase public safety, gift-that-will-keep-on-giving gun-control package, their names are listed below.
Or perhaps the best thank you would be to vote them out of office.
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1. Liz Cheney of Wyoming
2. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois
3. Tom Rice of South Carolina
4. John Katko of New York
5. Maria Salazar of Florida
6. Chris Jacobs of New York
7. Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania
8. Peter Meijer of Michigan
9. Fred Upton of Michigan
10. Tony Gonzales of Texas
11. Steve Chabot of Ohio
12. Mike Turner of Ohio
13. David Joyce of Ohio
14. Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio
- Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, Senate minority leader
- Roy Blunt of Missouri
- Richard Burr of North Carolina
- Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia
- Bill Cassidy of Louisiana
- Susan Collins of Maine
- John Cornyn of Texas
- Joni Ernst of Iowa
- Lindsey Graham of South Carolina
- Lisa Murkowski of Alaska
- Rob Portman of Ohio
- Mitt Romney of Utah
- Thom Tillis of North Carolina
- Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania
- Todd Young of Indiana