We can no longer entrust the Federal Government with the defense of our natural, God given rights. It rests now with the people, working through the State, to reclaim those precious rights that have so long been violated by the Federal Government.
The State of Wyoming has set an excellent example of this by seeking to make it a crime for any officer to enforce anti-Second Amendment laws, rules, regulations or any other measures taken by the Federal Government with the purpose of infringing upon the Second Amendment rights of the citizens.
I would like to see the State of Utah continue this noble trend by introducing the following measures:
1:Making it a crime for any officer (state or federal), seller or producer of firearms, ammunition or related accessories to enforce any FUTURE Federal laws, rules, regulations or item specific taxes (such as a two-hundred dollar tax on rifles with a barrel shorter than sixteen inches) concerning any items falling into the previously stated categories.
2: Making it a crime for any officer (state or federal), seller or producer of firearms, ammunition or related accessories to enforce any CURRENT Federal laws, rules, regulations or item specific taxes (such as a two-hundred dollar tax on rifles with a barrel shorter than sixteen inches) concerning any items falling into the previously stated categories.
3: Make Utah a "Constitutional Carry" state by removing any current restrictions on the rights of the people to keep and bear arms, specifically the requirement that a person obtain a license to conceal carry. It is no business of ours how a person chooses to carry their firearm, so long as they are not actively using it to unlawfully harm another.
Any violation of these provisions would be punishable by up to five years in prison (with a minimum of one) and a fine of up to five thousand dollars.
The Second Amendment reads "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." To infringe is defined as "to encroach upon in a way that violates law or the rights of another". Clearly, this right is retained by individual citizens and not by the government, and any encroachment is not permissible.
Laws forbidding or restricting the rights of a person to own certain types of firearms, ammunition or related accessories violate both a person's right to private property, by dictating what he may and may not purchase and own using the fruits of his labors; and his right to choose how he will defend his life, liberty and property. This creates an environment that is toxic to the rights of the people to be safe and free, and only serves to empower criminals in both the private and public sector, because they will always be able to obtain the weapons that those who abide by such corrupt laws cannot.
For many years we have been fooled into accepting these violations of our rights on the grounds that they "keep us safe". Not only is this not a proper or moral argument (as the purpose of government is to help protect the rights of the people, not to keep them safe), but it is not even factual. The numbers show, year after year, that restricting the rights of good, law abiding citizens only brings harm. And since we have given in to these violations, we have gained nothing but a nation that is less safe, and less free.
Also, it cannot be moral to dictate what a person may and may not own on the grounds that you don't personally think that they "need" to own that. Not only are we in no position to know or decide what another may or may not need, it is a gross violation of a person's rights to dictate what he may or may not purchase and own with his own money. Would you tell a person they may not own a new car, or a television, a hammer, or a new couch because they do not "need" it? So how is this any different in the case of an automatic rifle? All are the private property of their owner. All may be used to harm another person, but that cannot be grounds for forbidding their ownership based merely on the potential to do harm.
For far too long, we have allowed our rights to be trampled in our attempt to gain "safety" and to shift the responsibility for said safety from ourselves to the government. And now we have less safety as well as freedom; which is precious above all other things. Let us take this opportunity to reverse this dangerous trend, and restore both freedom and safety to the people of Utah.
Today, Utah. Tomorrow, America.