Monday, August 05, 2013
Permit Singers Show How Easy Daily CCW Permits Could Be
Imagine this: Every time a gun owner wants to strap on their firearm and go outside their private property, whether to run on daily errands or perhaps visit the State Capitol Rotunda with a loaded gun, they’d need to fill out a new permit – every day for every event. You could jot down the reason why you need to carry for each event, even draw out a map with the route and locations you expect to carry in. Umm, it's for our safety.
To make the process easy, we’ll let the background checks stay valid for a two-year period. And, everyone who wants to CC could stop in at the nearest DMV or sheriff’s office and fill out the form …every time. Or, if you give yourself enough time, you could just mail it in. Why not? Because that’s what CCW permit holders think Solidarity Singers should do just to assemble and redress the government under language set forth in our nation’s 1st Amendment.
In the video below, the leader of the "Permit Singers" explains how easy it is to acquire a daily 1st Amendment permit and then juxtaposes that process against his acceptance of the state concealed-carry permit, as if the burden or principles between the two permits are equal. He says, "so, the Second Amendment is just as valid as the First." Watch it:
Under current state law, a 5-year Wisconsin CCW permit holder can walk in the Capitol Rotunda with a loaded gun every day, anytime, for 1,825 days using just one permit. But a person holding a 1 by 2 square foot sign carrying the words from Article I, Section 4 of Wisconsin’s state constitution or singing a few songs of protest for an hour at the Capitol requires a daily permit? No, even worse, a permit per event, or face arrest and a fine. Where’s the constitutional justice? Or the "validity" equality?
I understand the need to require a permit for many functions folks might want to hold under the state capitol dome during business hours. It is my belief that any one person, couple or group assembling NOT for the common good, or NOT for the purpose of redressing grievances with the government SHOULD have a permit. With a few additional reservations, that’s a fairly simple concept. Weddings, parades or gathering for a private cause or making pronouncements of grievance against a constituency of “the people” like the permit singers did among many others should not only require a permit, but may indeed justify close scrutiny for approval. That’s where I stand.
So, if Wisconsin’s Right want to make their case in favor of stronger governmental regulations and permits for our constitutional rights, and promote the ease for the governmental process for acquiring daily permits to exercise those rights and justify that particular argument by pitting the 1st and 2nd Amendments against each other …be my guest. Just don’t forget, the words “well-regulated” are not anywhere in the 1st Amendment.
Posted by Lou Kaye at 12:01 AM