Posted by on February 28, 2017 8:53 pm
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Categories: 2nd_amendment All Birmingham open carry US News

So why do these “common sense gun safety law” advocates have an unholstered handgun at a public demonstration?

“Birmingham organization proposes changes to gun laws, named for Gate City shooting victim,” AL.com reports. “Frank Matthews, President of the Outcast Voters League, spoke about the proposed Sheri Williams Mandatory Gun Changes Act, named for a woman who was killed in Gate City by a stray bullet in 2013. Williams was holding her 10-day-old baby as she was shot.”

That’s SOP for these types. Pick a high-visibility incident that pulls at the heartstrings. The object is to get people feeling, not thinking. And naturally, none of the gun laws being proposed would have made a bit of difference in this case.

Just as naturally, the obligatory opportunistic oath-breaking politician made sure to get his mug in front of the press conference cameras. State Rep. John Rogers used the coverage to make noises about “fashion[ing] a bill that’s passable.” Considering what they want, that’s not likely (at least until the vote in Alabama becomes overwhelmingly Democrat, something the “immigration” and “amnesty” crowd is working on).

Outcast leader Matthews could not resist showing off his big “but.”

“We’re not against gun rights… [but] demand accountability and responsibility of gun owners,” Matthews said. Here’s what he means by that:

  • Mandatory gun registration- owner has registration card that lists all weapons
  • No transfers unless done through a registration office
  • New purchases must be picked up at registration office
  • Mandatory gun safes; only registered owner will have combination
  • Mandatory gun safety classes
  • Open carry and concealed carry policies abolished
  • Waiting period for gun purchase extended to three months to allow all paperwork to pass
  • People under 21 prohibited from owning guns
  • Extensive mental evaluation
  • Mandatory liability insurance for firearms
  • Required reporting of stolen firearms within four hours of discovery
  • Ammo purchases made only for the caliber gun specified on registration

There’s no real response to such Intolerable Acts beyond “No. Your move.”

Obviously these people have even less of a clue about what a “right” is and what “shall not be infringed” means than they do about finding meaningful solutions to problems created by the sick symbiosis between their community and collectivist government. And while it would be tempting to start going through some of the self-perpetuating destructive choices that keep the cycle going, it’s the token concealed carry permitee and gunquisling who unintentionally illustrates the absurdity of it all.

“Robert Walker, president of a local neighborhood association … had his gun with him at the press conference today to discuss how gun owners should support stricter gun laws and harsher penalties for those who carry guns illegally,” the story noted. Outcast President Matthews then held that gun, admonishing gun owners to be “responsible.”

Look at the article photo. What’s the gun doing out of its holster? How is handling it and passing it around either “responsible” or safe? Remember, these people are advocating ending all carry. So why do it? For publicity über alles…?

True, open carry is “legal” in Alabama, even without a permit, but there’s an important qualifier:

Section 13A-11-7 Disorderly conduct. (c) It shall be a rebuttable presumption that the mere carrying of a visible pistol, holstered or secured, in a public place, in and of itself, is not a violation of this section.

Is it “holstered or secured”?

And there’s another problem:

13A-11-59. Possession of firearms by persons participating in, attending, etc., demonstrations at public places. (a) For the purposes of this section, the following words and phrases shall have the meanings respectively ascribed to them in this subsection, except in those instances where the context clearly indicates a different meaning: (1) DEMONSTRATION. Demonstrating, picketing, speechmaking or marching, holding of vigils and all other like forms of conduct which involve the communication or expression of views or grievances engaged in by one or more persons, the conduct of which has the effect, intent or propensity to draw a crowd or onlookers. Such term shall not include casual use of property by visitors or tourists which does not have an intent or propensity to attract a crowd or onlookers.

Oops.

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