Why Gun Control Continues to Succeed in New Jersey
I decided to pick up some of my old psychology text books and do a little research. I was able to discover some interesting studies. If you put a specific density of rats together in a cage, they will generally get along together famously UNTIL you reach a certain “critical mass” at which point the rats will turn upon each other and become increasingly aggressive to the point of attacking each other. This led me to the ultimate conclusion - RATS should not be allowed to carry concealed handguns.
The obvious problem is that you cannot apply the rules of behavior of rats to those of rational human beings. Are there any definitive studies that show that New Jersey citizens are more likely to attack their neighbors than the residents of any other state? I might be convinced that certain restrictions “might” be necessary if that point could be demonstrated. To my knowledge, it has not. What has been demonstrated time and time again is as the rate of gun ownership by law-abiding citizens goes up, violent crime rates, such as those for murder and rape, go down. It does not take a social scientist to understand why. Criminals are less likely to attack when there is an increased chance that their intended victim might be armed.
In spite of this fact gun control continues to succeed in New Jersey. The reason is obvious. It is because *WE* allow it to succeed. It should be a priority of freedom loving conservatives to end gun control in New Jersey, but it is not. The Second Amendment gets a lot of lip service from conservatives, but little to no action. I see this first hand every day. I hear all the excuses “Concealed Carry will *NEVER* pass with THIS legislature”. “The majority of the people of New Jersey are too liberal”.
This is the *SECOND* Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America. It doesn’t REQUIRE a majority to be respected. All that is required is that enough freedom loving people DEMAND that their rights not be infringed. No true conservative should be willing to sit back and allow this situation to continue. If we allow one part of the constitution to be ignored, we are risking that the rest of it will be trampled upon. Do not forget why the original framers of the Constitution decided to include the right to keep and bear arms in the first place. A disarmed citizenry is a tyrannical government’s highest priority. That fact has not changed since we declared our independence from the British.
It is not enough for you to say that you support the Second Amendment. Your positive action is what is required. We need your voices, we need your talents and we need your participation in the fight to restore and preserve this precious right to defend ourselves and our families from those who would do us harm. If you need information on how to get involved, please feel free to contact me. There are organizations such as the New Jersey Second Amendment Society and the Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs that you can join to help fight the liberal gun prohibitionists. Once they succeed in achieving their goal of eliminating the right to keep and bear arms in New Jersey, it will be nearly impossible to get it back. Let’s not let that happen.
Frank Jack Fiamingo is the co-founder and current President of the New Jersey Second Amendment Society (www.nj2as.com), the most active 2A rights group in New Jersey. You can contact him at President@nj2as.com