Don't look now, fellow patriots, but the Second Amendment is under attack. There is a conspiracy brewing that may ultimately undermine the right of every law abiding American to openly carry loaded guns wherever they darn well please, whether it be their local bodega or the public library.
This weekend the presumptive Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who most folks think is a lock to unseat the wildly unpopular Barack Hussein Obama after it was recently revealed President Obama has played more rounds of golf in three years than Tiger Woods has in his entire career, was in Salt Lake City, Utah for a meeting with GOP leaders and money hoarders from all across America. In conjunction with this high level meeting of Republican strategists, Utah Governor Gary Herbert who happens to be a Republican and a Mormon (sound familiar?), issued a statement blaming the use of previously lawful firearms on the rash of wildfires that have ravaged his state.
According to a Christian Science Monitor report, “Authorities now say 20 of Utah’s wildfires this year were started by target shooters, compared to 24 in total last year – with three months left in the western wildfire season. The Dump fire near Saratoga Springs, Utah, started near a landfill when the spark from a bullet hitting a rock set off a patch of grass, which then quickly spread, fueled by dry conditions and gale-force winds.” In a media release posted on the governor's state controlled website, Herbert urged strict gun control as the answer to turn the tide:
“Due to extremely dry conditions and a heightened fire risk statewide, Governor Gary R. Herbert called on local officials today to do everything possible to minimize potential harm by exercising great caution regarding use of fireworks and firearms in their jurisdictions.”
“While we may not be able to prevent those fires caused by natural forces, we must do all possible to prevent human-caused fires, encouraging local jurisdictions to appropriately regulate use of fireworks and firearms if necessary.”
“He concluded by calling on local officials to crack down on the inappropriate use of firearms.“
Wildfires? There is no proof that these fires were caused by target shooters. These claims are false and spurious. Inappropriate use? How can one protect themselves if one is not allowed to target shoot? This whole thing is nothing more than an excuse for stricter gun control and flies in the face of everything George Washington and Thomas Jefferson held dear! Isn't this the exact kind of tyranny the Second Amendment was designed to protect us against?
There are some who believe the timing of Governor Herbert's virulent anti-gun rhetoric is no mere coincidence and that his statement may have come directly from the Romney camp. Romney, a well known conscientious objector who used a religious deferment to bicycle in France and avoid serving in Vietnam, is known to be soft on Second Amendment rights. He has supported both the Brady anti-handgun legislation and federal bans on assault weapons as well as Massachusetts' own tough anti-freedom gun laws when he was governor there.
Romney's recent shift to a more sympathetic stance with gun shooters appears to be the kind of blatant pandering that is a page straight out of the Saul Alinsky playbook and should not be trusted. His known stance on strict gun control is in direct contrast with President Obama's strong support of Second Amendment rights. Liberals were up in arms when Obama recently signed a bill supporting gun measures that allow freedom loving patriots to carry loaded weapons throughout our Nation's National Park system. Some gun owners fear that an executive order to overturn such measures is on Romney's rather long list of things he has vowed to accomplish on his first day in office.
As the inevitability of a Romney Presidency creeps ever closer, we have a right to know what he knew and when he knew to know it about operation "False and Spurious." Can we trust what Romney says now or should we trust what he said before about taking all of our guns? Sometimes I miss that Bush fellow, we all knew where he stood on guns. He even had his Vice President shoot someone in the face.