The anti-gun left has made serious strides against our Second Amendment rights in the last couple of years. Both in terms on demonizing gun owners and in the courts.
Perhaps the worst law to be adopted is the so-called red flag laws. These laws generally make it easy for local law enforcement agencies to confiscate any individual’s guns based on an anonymous, unsupported tip. There is no due process, and the targeted individual then bears the responsibility of proving he or she is not dangerous. The gun owner also has to convince a judge he or she should have their confiscated firearms returned—which rarely happens. The process involves court filings, lawyers, hearings, and incredibly expensive legal fees.
Recently, anti-gun activists have come up with a new way to infringe on our right to bear arms. Instead of targeting gun owners with a new bill, they are going after the merchant accounts of gun retailers. They are pressuring credit card companies into terminating the accounts of gun retailers so that no one can buy a gun with a credit card.
Several gun sellers have had their merchant accounts effectively canceled for no reason other than the fact that they are in the business of selling guns.
These are serious advances against our constitutionally protected right to self-preservation, and they should stand as evidence- for anyone who is not yet convinced- that we are facing a political enemy that wants us to be unable to defend ourselves.
We should not need to explain to you that that is as evil as it is historically connected to direct, physical human rights abuses, including mass internment, arbitrary arrest, and even mass murder at the hands of the state.
Anti-gunners do not require wide-spread federal mandates- or even actual legislation to take ground against our right to bear arms. Instead, their new dirty trick to infringe on our rights come through pressuring financial service providers to withdraw their support from businesses they don’t like, i.e. gun retailers.
Another big move against our gun rights will contain both legal and economic pressure as a means of suppressing our ability to be secure in our persons and property. Democrats have proposed a bill that would require any purchase of a firearm or firearm-related products made with a credit card to be reported to the federal government. This would create a de facto registry not only for gun owners, but for anyone who made a purchase even tangentially related to guns.
Items that would be tracked include body armor, night-vision goggles, ammunition containers, and camouflage clothing. The list goes on and on. So far, the bill does not require payments made in cash or by check to be tracked. Undoubtedly, any gun buyer who does not want to go on such a list would use these more traditional means of payment. But, of course, any gun owner knows guns and their accessories are expensive. Having the cash on hand when you need a new firearm or accessory doesn’t always happen.
At present, these laws are only being floated in California and Virginia. Virginia has also been the target of serious moves against the Second Amendment recently. There, anti-gun groups have been setting up “Second Amendment Sanctuary” zones. These are areas where citizen’s right to bear arms are not respected- and these are not restricted to a mall or a school. They encompass entire towns and counties.