There was some worry that Florida, after the railroading and demonization of Peruvian-American Jorge Zimmerman when he defended himself against alleged homophobe and gay basher Trayvon Martin, would crack down on the right to keep and bear arms.
Fortunately, there were enough clear eyed people in the sunshine state who saw through the media’s fog of bias and racial pandering. Not only did they leave “Stand Your Ground” alone, despite the media’s continued assault that SYG had anything to do with Zimmerman being found not guilty, the legislators and people of Florida are pushing for more freedom from tyranny in the form of the “Florida Second Amendment Preservation Act.”
For the most part, this Act follows in the footsteps of other Firearm Protection Acts in that it reasserts State Sovereignty in the protection of rights granted to the people by their Creator and Natural Law.
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
STATEMENT OF INTENT – The intent of this legislation is to reject any and all power or influence or interference of and by the federal government regarding the right to keep and bear arms (including ammunition); and to prohibit federal actors from infringing on these rights within the borders of FLORIDA; and to prohibit state employees in aiding the federal actors from infringing on these rights; and to provide felonious penalties of such.
SECTION 1 – THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA FINDS THAT:
(a) The 2nd Amendment to the Constitution of the United States reads as follows, “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”
(b) The Constitution of the United States does not provide the federal government with the authority to impose acts, laws, orders, rules, or regulations relating to civilian-owned firearms, firearm accessories, or ammunition.
(c) All federal acts, laws, orders, rules or regulations regarding civilian-owned firearms, firearm accessories, or ammunition are in violation of the 2nd Amendment to the United States Constitution and the 10th Amendment of the United States Constitution.
It continues on with what specificially Florida won’t permit the Federal Gov. to do as well as penalties for federal agents who try to enforce federal anti gun laws in Florida.
The Act has recently garnered a resounding endorsement by my former colleagues at Gun Owners of America.
Why are such Acts as these important?
Because the 10th Amendment is important and yet has been ground under heel for more than a century.
The 10th doesn’t get all the sexy press like the 1st or 2nd but it is still an important one that states:
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
There are SO many laws that are doled out by the Federal Government that have been usurped from the states. Among these include every single gun control law passed by Congress.
But you may say, “States like California love gun control, does the 10th give them that power?”
Not really. While they have more claim to pass gun control in their state than the Federal Gov. has, they also have to ensure that the rights in the Constitution are upheld. Hence the reason a state can’t give slavery another go.
The problem is that the only ones who can keep the unfettered tyranny in check (besides voters removing politicians from office) are the courts. And with the courts too often they decide on their own biases and not on what is right and Constitutionally protected.
That is a matter for another time though.
For now, if you are a Floridian, contact your legislative rep and tell them that you support a Florida free from the squeezing grip of a rights’ infringing Federal Government.
If you are in a state that has yet to pass a form of the Firearms/2nd Amendment Protection Act, contact your representative and get the ball moving.
If enough states reassert their sovereignty then we can change our path from it’s current direction towards a Federally run tyrannical dictatorship.
To quote Rep Edward Rutledge from 1776: A nation of sovereign states, Mr. Adams. United for our mutual protection, but… separate for our individual pursuits. Now, that is what we have understood it to be. And that is what we will support.