Members of the military swear to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” They don’t get to pick which parts of that Constitution they want to defend. Politicians put their hand on a Bible (well, not all of them) and swear to “support and defend” that same Constitution. Then, in their first acts, many attempt to subvert the very document they swore to support and defend only moments before. They see the Constitution they are swearing to support and defend as an obstacle to consolidating power at the federal level and immediately take steps to restrict the rights of the very people who just voted them into elected office.
We now have the Missouri 2nd Amendment Preservation Act, and similar amendments in Maine and Arizona. At the very least, they are strong declarations and an acknowledgement these states intend to protect their citizens from a federal government that plans to further restrict their right to own firearms.
The new administration has a clear anti-2nd Amendment stance. They have been vocal about this for quite some time, the irony of course being that they make these statements while surrounded by taxpayer funded security, armed with the very tools they intend to restrict or ban for the rest of us. Armed security for me but not for thee. We should not forget they are our employees. They work for us, yet they want to disarm those for whom they work.
The press secretary for the new administration was recently asked what they were going to do about the 2-million gun purchases in the month of January. This number comes from 2-million federal background checks, the same background checks mandated by law. Even though these 2-million sales were legal and included background checks, it is still a problem because in the view of this administration guns belong in their hands, not ours. The new president has been protected by men and women with guns since 1971. That’s 50 years of never being far from someone whose job is to protect him with weapons he wants to keep from those he serves.