A Third of The Way There, National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011

Last week H.R 822, read it here, was passed by the House of Representatives with a vote of 272-154.

Imagine how your drivers license allows you to drive in any state. Now your license to discreetly carry your handgun will work in any state. Or it will if it gets through Majority Leader Harry Reid and President Obama.

Who voted for it?

229 Republicans and 43 Democrats voted yes. 7 Republicans and 147 Democrats voted no. 5 Republicans and 2 Democrats didn’t vote.

All 4 of Arkansas’s Representatives voted Aye. Of course Nancy Pelosi, the former Speaker, voted No. Of the 7 who didn’t vote 5 were Republicans: Michelle Bachmann, Gardner, Ron Paul, Schmidt, and Shimkus. Two Democrats, Giffords (Gabrielle I assume) and Kaptur. You can see the Roll Call here.

Now one of the arguments against it is the 10th Amendment or state’s sovereign rights.

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

Except the Second Amendment doesn’t give the States an option to ban guns when they agreed to the Constitution, unless they secede. Also in the 14th Amendment…

Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

Plus the above highlighted adds more armor to it. Good week for recognizing our sovereign right to defense. Notice I didn’t say “grant”? If attacked you don’t ask an authority figure if you “may” defend yourself, you just do it.


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