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How easily Wisconsinites forget their basic rights

December 29, 2009

How easily Wisconsinites forget their basic rights

By James Gleason

It has become apparent over the last 20 years that the people of this state have forgotten their very rights of which this country was founded.

In this coming year, the gun rights advocates in this state are uniting in a movement that will campaign against any state representative, senator or legislator who does not support an individual’s God-given right to keep and bear arms or their God-given right to self-defense.

That’s right, a campaign against incumbents and candidates who do not support these rights.

Wisconsin has long been a state that is always the last to jump on the bandwagon when it comes to such issues. Now it would seem that through some corrupt movement of the city government of Milwaukee, just maybe there will be some legislation for a firearms carry bill in Wisconsin.

Well, let’s not jump for joy just yet. Let’s look at the means of infringement that will follow.

First, the Legislature will try to impose as many obstacles as possible to be able to exercise this God-given right.

Starting with a ridiculously unaffordable permit fee and then imposing a mandate on training that will again be ridiculously unaffordable to the average citizen. Without a doubt, following these will be gun and gun owner registration.

So let’s look at these issues.

First, the United States Supreme Court has on many occasions stated that a person does not have to be permitted, pay a fee, be trained or registered to exercise their rights under the Constitution.

With that in mind, why doesn’t the Legislature in Wisconsin set an example by adapting the Vermont system of firearms carry? This would make sense.

Instead, there is already talk of mandatory training. Why would you need to be trained to do something you already know? It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out how to use a firearm. Training should only be an option and nothing more.

There are already so-called firearms instructors lining up and weaseling their way to the legislative training with no other thought in mind than lining their pockets with greenbacks at the citizen’s expense. Any legislator in support of these weasels will surely get compensation of some kind.

Being permitted, to exercise a right; makes that right nothing more than a privilege.

Therefore, Wisconsin should pass a no compromise concealed carry/open carry, non-permitted system such as Vermont’s, which is the oldest recognized system in the country. If it works for Vermont it can work for Wisconsin. After all, if the legislators are only going to copy another state’s system then why not Vermont’s?

The unconstitutional firearms laws that plague this state are the cause of the high crime rates we enjoy today.

The gun-free school zone laws which have already been declared unconstitutional at the federal level do nothing more than assist criminals who ignore these laws anyway.

Why can’t the legislators or this state understand that if the teachers and law-abiding adults at Columbine High School would have been armed the outcome would have been different and the massacre would have ended with fewer deaths or injuries?

The same goes with Virginia Tech. Do you think this cannot happen in Wisconsin? Think again.

The gun-free school zone law needs to be amended to read that no person may carry a firearm within 1,000 feet of a school used for the education of children in grades K-12, illegally or for unlawful purposes.

It is as simple as that.

This would allow law-abiding citizens to carry within the school zone for self-defense and for the defense of others.

The transportation restriction for firearms in this state are nothing more than an extension of the long arm of the already corrupt Department of Natural Resources trying to restrict and infringe on our rights.

A firearm must be unloaded, encased and out of your reach in order to be transported legally in Wisconsin.

With that in mind, if you are being carjacked, simply request that the carjacker wait until you have retrieved your firearm from the trunk or farthest out-of-reach area of your vehicle and load it before resuming the carjacking. I am sure the carjacker will understand and abide by your request. Or you can always just give up your vehicle with possibly your children and your firearm inside in an effort to save yourself.

Why should these legislators ever be allowed to put us in such a position? They shouldn’t. It is abuse of authority and blatant infringement on our rights.

How about the law which states, that you cannot carry a firearm into a business that sells alcohol for consumption on the premises.

Let me bring to your attention the true story of former Texas legislator Susanna Hupp. I will quote a Wikipedia article which reads,

“On Wednesday, October 16, 1991, Hupp and her parents were having lunch at the Luby’s Cafeteria in Killeen. She had left her handgun in her car to comply with Texas state law at the time which forbade carrying a concealed weapon. When George Hennard drove his truck into the cafeteria and opened fire on the patrons, Hupp instinctively reached into her purse for her weapon, but it was in her vehicle. Her father, Al Gratia, tried to rush Hennard and was shot in the chest. As the gunman reloaded, Hupp escaped through a broken window and believed that her mother, Ursula Gratia, was behind her. Hennard put a gun to her mother’s head as she cradled her mortally wounded husband. Hupp’s mother and father were killed along with 21 other persons. Hennard also wounded some 20 others. As a survivor of the Luby’s massacre, Hupp testified across the country in support of concealed-handgun laws. She said that had there been a second chance to prevent the slaughter, she would have violated the Texas law and carried the handgun inside her purse into the restaurant.”

Don’t think this could happen in Wisconsin or to your family? Think again.

Look to the recent terrorist incident at Fort Hood. Again, Wisconsin paid the price for not allowing Americans to defend themselves. We lost two of our soldiers because even on a military base, our soldiers are not allowed to carry a firearm for self-defense.

What has happened to our country that we will allow our soldiers to carry a weapon in foreign lands but not here at home? God bless our soldiers who have lost their lives because of these ridiculous laws.

Another blatant infringement on our rights is the law that states you cannot carry a firearm into a building which is owned by the government or its subdivisions or in state parks.

This means you cannot protect yourself from a serial killer who may be stalking the state parks in search of their next victim, nor can you use the public bathrooms in city parks or on county trails. I guess you have to simply leave a yard biscuit on the lawn or disarm and leave your firearm lying on the grass outside the bathroom.

Maybe you could ask a passerby (who may even be a felon) to hold the firearm for you until you exit the bathroom.

Am I the only one who sees just how ridiculous these laws are?

I hope not.

This coming January when the new Legislature session begins, it is hopeful that the Castle Doctrine allowing a person to defend themselves and their families within their private property will pass legislation and become a law that will be signed into law by the governor. Keep in mind this is one of the most anti-gun governors Wisconsin has ever had. So don’t hold your breath, he is not looking to do us any favors. He has an armed entourage at his disposal so he could care less about your ability to defend yourself or your family without having to worry about being sued by the criminal or the criminal’s family for doing so.

Make an effort to become familiar with your rights and remember a right not exercised is a right lost.

Check out opencarry.org and sign the petition to repeal or amend these ridiculous laws and stop the infringement on our rights.

Call your state representative or state senator and demand that they support the Castle Doctrine and legislation for a no-compromise open carry/concealed carry non-permitted system here in Wisconsin. Tell them if they don’t support your rights as afforded to you under the U.S and the Wisconsin constitutions, you will not support them at election time.

It is time we as law-abiding citizens take a stand. Wisconsin should stand united.

James Gleason, 46, is a sergeant for the Department of Corrections and currently resides in Chilton. He also has family ties to the Minocqua area.

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