In a fear-mongering piece intended to stir up support for more gun control, Slate magazine ran a piece callously entitled “The Supreme Court Is Preparing to Make Every State’s Gun Laws Look Like Texas.” The case in question is New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. New York, which the Supreme Court has agreed to hear. In that case, gun proponents want the court to affirm firearm owners’ right to transport rifles and handguns outside of their homes.
For most people, simply transporting a firearm is a sensible thing, especially when done correctly. Rifles should be unloaded and properly secured, and while pistols should remain holstered or cased with no ammo in the chamber. Some states even allow concealed carry with a round chambered and ready for action if a self-defense situation arises.
To transport a firearm, a gun owner typically secures the firearm inside the home, carries the secured firearm to a vehicle while on private property and then transports the firearm. The firearm never actually leaves private property, and the car is in many ways an extension of the home.
For liberals, though, all of that is crazy talk that would lead to senseless violence. No better proof exists than Texas, they claim. See, way back in the late 1800s, Texas banned the open carry of firearms. Cowboys, guns and easy access to alcohol made it more of a necessity. That statewide ban lasted right up until Jan. 1, 2016, when Texas reversed its Jim Crow-era policy and decided anyone licensed to carry a concealed firearm in Texas or another state now can carry it openly. The firearm must be secured, as in a holster, but the owner can carry it openly, so long as he or she has a permit.
Why would it be bad for any state to have gun laws that are like Texas’?
Well, according to the Slate article, apparently, anything in Texas is bad. After all, conservatives embracing the Second Amendment live there. Those conservatives like to do things, like take their firearms outside of their homes to go hunting, target shooting and just plain have fun with firearms with friends. Yes, it is possible to have fun with firearms with friends without any harm caused. But, liberals refuse to believe it.
In their minds, the Supreme Court in 2010 gave the final ruling on limitations of the Second Amendment – it does not apply outside the home. Or, so the liberal writer says in the Slate article. In that case, McDonald v. Chicago, the court ruled cities and states cannot enact laws that restrict the “right to possess a handgun in the home for the purpose of self-defense.”
In the minds of anti-gun liberals, the 2010 ruling affirmed a 2008 D.C. v. Heller case, in which the court ruled the District of Columbia could not ban handguns in people’s homes. Liberals took that to mean the Second Amendment only applies in the home and does not extend beyond the front door – not even into the front yard.
The 2008 and 2010 cases applied specifically to handguns and efforts by municipal officials in Chicago and the District of Columbia to effectively disarm the entire law-abiding residents of each locality. The laws would have disarmed only the law-abiding, because criminals do not abide laws, especially those that would weaken their ability to impose their wills upon victims. When those victims willfully disarm, it makes it much easier to commit robberies and other violent crimes.
Now, with Justice Brett Kavanaugh tipping the scales in the Supreme Court (supposedly) liberals are aghast that the Second Amendment will apply outside the home. That is the opposite direction liberals want to go, and they falsely claim Texas is proof that seeing guns means people will use them more often.
Violent crime rose in Texas in 2017. Liberals, like the author of the laughable Slate piece, claim that proves open carry spurs violence. That is a blatant logical fallacy. In fact, the police presence in Texas has declined sharply in recent years, and now sits at a lowly 1.5 police per 1,000 residents. That is well below the national average of about 2.2 police officers per 1,000 residents, and enables greater criminal activity, including violent crime. If Texas proves anything, it is that liberal policies place innocent lives in peril, and law-abiding gun owners are an asset to any community.