AP wrote an interesting spin on Virginia’s recent gains towards restoring our God-given rights as recognized in the Constitution. They seem up in arms, so to speak, about Virginia’s online classes and tests for our concealed pistol permit.
What the AP apparently doesn’t understand is the plain and simple meaning of “bear” in the God-given and Constitutionally recognized right of the People to keep and bear arms. There were no limits on that right at the time it was written by our founding fathers, and there should be none now. One didn’t and shouldn’t have to take classes or carry cards to exercise God-given or Constitutional rights. Places like Vermont, Alaska, Arizona, Wyoming, and part of Montana have it right.
Imagine if main-stream media “journalists” or progressive bloggers had to have government-certified instruction and a government permit to exercise their First Amendment rights? Or if clergy had to be government certified, tested, and licensed to preach or counsel? Or if you had to have government-certified training and be licensed to be immune from unreasonable search and seizure, just to make sure you are likely law abiding? Or have to pass a government-sanctioned test to vote or serve on juries? Oh wait, that’s been tried – by DEMOCRATS!!!
Yep, Jim Crowe laws were passed and maintained by Democrats. The KKK was started and populated by Southern Democrats, later including the late Senator Robert Byrd. That’s the true origin of gun control. Restricting God-given rights has a long history in the Democratic party. Gun control isn’t about guns, it’s about control.
Recent incidents continue to show the wisdom of citizens being armed. The Second Amendment is the one that ensures all the rest. George Washington demonstrated this at our founding:
That’s why founding father Sam Adams wrote:
And that the said Constitution be never construed to authorize Congress to infringe the just liberty of the press, or the right of conscience; or to prevent the people of the United States, who are peaceable citizens, from keeping their own arms; …or to prevent the people from petitioning , in a peaceable and orderly manner; or to subject the people to unreasonable searches and seizures of their persons, papers or possessions. [my emphasis]
So, Associated Press, the real question isn’t why the Great Commonwealth of Virginia allows training and tests for concealed carry to be accomplished over the Internet, but rather why government-sanctioned tests and permits are required at all to exercise the foundational liberty of a free people.