The word “essential” means absolutely necessary; extremely important. Right now we have government officials and bureaucrats who are defining the word “essential” for us during these “shelter-at-home” mandates. The question we should be asking of them, what are they basing their definition upon: their ideological agenda, or our constitutional rights?
I have had many a discussion with the owners of my shooting range, and others, on the topic of whether or not a gun store, and gun range, is an essential business. My simple concise response is: yes! But it appears that this is a greater inquiry that has even reached the attention of the Texas Attorney General, Ken Paxton. With the recent run on gun and ammunition sales, this issue should be of great concern to law-abiding, legal gun owners, Americans.
As reported by the Houston Chronicle:
“After a run on firearms that boosted sales across Texas, it’s unclear whether those stores will be able to remain open this week in areas where stay-at-home ordinances are in effect.
Harris and Fort Bend county officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment on whether gun stores and gun ranges are considered essential businesses under their orders, which took effect Wednesday.
The lack of clarity has elicited mixed responses from shop owners in the Houston area who are unsure whether they can continue operating.Most cities and counties have yet to make a carve-out in their stay-at-home orders for gun retailers, manufacturers or ranges, according to state Rep. Dustin Burrows, who on Tuesday requested an opinion from the Texas Attorney General as to whether local governments could legally create a patchwork of regulations for those sales.
Exceptions include the stay-home order in San Antonio and Bexar County listed gun retailers as essential. And on Wednesday, Dallas County officials amended their stay-at-home order to include gun and ammunition suppliers and retailers as essential, as well.
“During these times, people want to make sure they have access to that for the right of self-defense, protection, hunting, things of that nature,” Burrows said. “But regardless of whether you should or shouldn’t, I don’t think cities in particular can do that.”
The Governor of Illinois has made the decision that gun stores and ranges are essential, and can remain open. However, the story is quite different in California where gun stores have not been deemed essential. Even Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti has declared that they will cut off the utilities and water to any “non-essential” business that refuses to shut down. We shared with y’all the actions of two mayors, one in Champaign, Illinois, the other in New Orleans. These mayors have taken it upon themselves, by way of emergency decree, to restrict law-abiding legal gun owners with their firearms, and shutting down gun stores, no weapons sales.The Second Amendment is short, clear, concise, and to the point. It states, “A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
The reasonable and logical deduction is that the Second Amendment is an essential individual right. It is a right that “shall not be infringed.” Any attempt to restrict the ability of the individual law-abiding citizen to acquire firearms is truly an infringement on their Second Amendment right. If gun stores are not essential, then neither are newspapers and the media…but they are because our First Amendment grants the “freedom of the press.” Gun stores and ranges enable us to exercise our Second Amendment right.
Ladies and gents, we are already watching our First Amendment right to peaceably assemble be undermined . . . to the tune of arrests, fines, and incarceration. We are seeing tyrants, such as Virginia’s Gov. Ralph “Blackface” Northam, restrict another of our First Amendment rights, the very first one, the freedom of religion, and the free exercise thereof. We shared that with you yesterday.The Second Amendment is short, clear, concise, and to the point. It states, 'A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.' #2A Click To Tweet
I have seen the letter written by Texas State Rep. Burrows to the Attorney General. This is a no brainer: the Second Amendment is an essential right, liberty, freedom, that is unique to our America. Gun stores and ranges are enablers of that essential right…they shall not be infringed upon. What our stores and ranges must do is accommodate the terms of the shelter-in-place edicts and manage the flow of patrons. That is not hard to do, and they are responsible enough to do it.
Let’s not forget Rahm Emanuel’s maxim, “never let a good crisis go to waste.” Do not allow these progressive socialist tyrants to usurp any more of our essential liberties.
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During his 22 year career in the United States Army, Lieutenant Colonel West served in several combat zones and received many honors including a Bronze Star, three Meritorious Service Medals, three Army Commendation Medals, one with Valor device, and a Valorous Unit Award.
In November of 2010, Allen was elected to the United States Congress, representing Florida’s 22nd District. In July of 2020, Mr. West was elected Chair of the Republican Party of Texas.
West is a commissioned officer in the Texas State Guard. He’s a Newsmax Contributor, former Director of the Booker T. Washington Initiative at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, Senior Fellow at the Media Research Center, and author of Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin’s Journey to Family, Faith and Freedom, Hold Texas, Hold the Nation: Victory or Death, and We Can Overcome: An American Black Conservative Manifesto.