BY ALLEN WEST
April 1775 to April 2018: The renewed fight for the Second Amendment
It’s been a long day, as I have been in Jackson Mississippi to address the Pro-Life Mississippi organization at the First Baptist Church of Jackson. However, it is never too late to address a critical issue in America: the disarmament of law abiding legal gun owners. I find it very interesting that here we are in April, just days away from the anniversary of April 19, 1775 and we are having a major move towards banning weapons.
Some of you may ask, what happened on April 19, 1775? Well, that was the day that American patriots met the advancing British column at Lexington Green and at Concord bridge. Then it was the British marching to confiscate and destroy an armament, a firearms factory. The British did not want to have any armed resistance from the Americans. Today, the progressive socialist left is leveraging a tragedy in order to advance their gun confiscation agenda. And let’s be honest, it is all about gun confiscation.
As reported by ABC7Chicago.com, “The Deerfield Village Board voted unanimously to ban some semi-automatic firearms. The amendment to the village’s gun ordinance restricts firearms village leaders define as assault weapons, such as AR-15s. AR-15 rifles have been used in various mass shootings, including the Parkland, Florida school shooting. “This is our fight. This is our generation’s fight, and we’re going to keep fighting,” said Deerfield High School student Ariella Kharasch. “Thank you for being part of that.” Deerfield’s new ordinance also prohibits high-capacity magazines. The ordinance is patterned after Highland Park’s ban on high-powered weapons. Highland Park’s ordinance survived a 2015 legal battle that went to the United States Supreme Court. The new ordinance goes into effect on June 13. Residents who do not remove the banned weapons from their homes by that date face a fine of $1,000 per day.”
First of all, I’d find it very interesting if any local municipal attempt to undermine the Second Amendment survives legal confrontation. Either the Bill of Rights is relevant or it is not, and therefore, we have a serious constitutional crisis on our hands. There have been two cases decided by the Supreme Court of the United States that upheld the Second Amendment at the Federal, State, and Local levels. Those two cases were Heller v. DC (2008) and McDonald v. City of Chicago (2010). What is most interesting is that this year is the ten year anniversary of the Heller decision. And, of course, Otis McDonald was the Veteran who wanted to be able to defend himself in his home and took on Chicago’s draconian gun laws. McDonald, a black man, had his case affirm that the 14th Amendment’s equal protection clause did apply to gun ownership. So, what gives in Deerfield Village and Highland Park Illinois?
Also, there is no such thing as an “assault” weapon: we are talking about semi-automatic rifles. So, why does a law abiding American gun owner in Deerfield Village find themselves being under “assault” when it was the failure of the FBI and the Broward County Sheriff’s office, and a specific Sheriff’s Deputy, that resulted in the rampage at Stoneman Douglas HS? I would think that there needs to be some probable cause presented in order for this ban to be lawful. This new ordinance is a complete violation of the Bill of Rights, and the threat to fine legal gun owners $1,000/day does violate the equal protection clause of the Constitution. Who are these people who embrace this idea of collective punishment and legalized coercion in order to advance their ideological agenda?
Let me be clear: the left just lost the 2018 midterm election. This tyrannical move cannot be spun in any way to be justified. So, how will Deerfield Village go about enforcing this folly? Will they do as the British did back in April 1775 and dispatch armed columns to go door by door, and violate the Fourth amendment addressing illegal search and seizure?
Ya know, Sheriff Scott Israel has to be laughing his butt off that he is still in position. Sheriff Deputy Scot Peterson must be rolling on the floor laughing knowing that he has not been charged with dereliction of duty or criminal negligence. Yet, far away in Deerfield Village Illinois, we have law abiding citizens being told that they will have their firearms confiscated, or face a massive fine — and they have done nothing to deserve such. The weapon they own has done nothing.
This is the left, and they are relentless. And, sadly, I fear, we are on the verge of a potential confrontation. I must ask, what happens with a law enforcement officer who owns a personal semi-automatic rifle? And ya know, those “high capacity magazines” are soooo dangerous, you know they can load themselves and insert themselves into a magazine well of a firearm.
This country embarked upon a revolution for liberty because of gun confiscation and control. We have come full circle.
Editor’s Note: This column previously appeared at AllenBWest.com. Used with the permission of the author.
Lt. Col. Allen B. West is the former U.S. Congressman representing Florida’s 22nd District, a Fox News Contributor, a contributing columnist for Townhall.com, the former Executive Director of the National Center for Policy Analysis in Dallas Texas, and the author of Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin’s Journey to Faith, Family and Freedom. Col. West is the third of four generations of military servicemen in his family. During his 22 year career in the United States Army, he was awarded the Bronze Star, 3 Meritorious Service Medals, 3 Army Commendation Medals (1 with Valor device), and a Valorous Unit Award. In 1993 he was named the US Army ROTC Instructor of the Year. Col. West believes it will be principled constitutional conservative policies, not politics, which will secure a sound economic future for Americans.