I took today off from work today because I couldn’t get there due to traffic. It snowed last night, not much, maybe an inch but traffic was horrible. I have to admit what a lot of people say, Central Ohioans can’t drive in the snow. I don’t know if its arrogance because we are the home of THE Ohio State University or simple apathy. Whatever the reason, as soon as a little of the white stuff hits us cars start spinning out of control in record numbers.
One thing us Ohioans are doing well though, especially in some Northwest Ohio counties, is apply and receive CCW permits. Currently there are 169,000 licensed CCW holders in the state (about 2% of our population) and more applying each day. Some counties in the state are exceeding 500% increases in the number of licenses issued. Instead of being worried about the increased number of handguns that are on the streets affecting law abiding citizens, some sheriffs are offering criminals some warnings to heed:
"I hope criminals think twice before they attempt to steal from someone or harm someone," ~Auglaize County Sheriff Al Solomon
"With the numbers growing, it's a huge risk if you're committing some type of offense you don't know who may be carrying." ~ Allen County Sheriff Sam Crish
Why are the numbers increasing? Some say its the so called “Obama Affect” which I have to agree is probably a leading motivator about now. Many people, yours truly included, went out and bough firearms after the election in anticipation of trying to beat another assault weapons ban. Many are now getting permits for these weapons as they realize that having a firearm locked away at home does no good when you are at the store shopping and get mugged on your way to your car. What most people don’t realize is that trying to beat a new weapons ban is counter intuitive to the central point of the pro-gun argument. If a right can be legislated to where it can be withheld or withdrawn it is no longer a right but a privilege. Thomas Paine once argued against incorporating any bill of rights into our Constitution as he surmised that if the rights were inalienable, we had not the place nor the right to regulate them. Any right written down can be summarily removed and also tacitly implies that any right not written down in not legal. Part of the ongoing pro-gun legislation being championed is the re-introduction of the 10th Amendment of the Constitution which 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.
Thusly, it removes federal laws baring the establishment of restriction not in the constitution from the federal government and bestows them upon the states. This way, hopefully, no future gun bans can be enacted by the federal government and it would be up to the states to determine what is best for them. Thus if the anti-gun freaks in California are finally able to snake their arms all the way up “The Governators” backside and do a total meat puppet conversion on him and ban all weapons of all types, those of us in Ohio and other places could live unaffected by their whiney voices in the Capitol rotunda in D.C.
Back on topic, I hope our own legislators here in Ohio see this increase as a “mandate” of the peoples will. We are faced with some tricky political choices here in Ohio this year, as many candidates political affiliation do not necessarily represent traditions pro-gun positions. Specifically our current “non-democrat” Gubernatorial candidate was an influential vote in the last assault weapons ban and our state’s GOP head has positioned his anti-gun cousin to run for our Attorney General seat.
Anyway, Buckeye Firearms has the full story, click here to link to it for the full read.