2A for All
We all have a Second Amendment right to own a gun and to defend ourselves from criminals and a rogue, tyrannical government. But, that right is not applied equally. In our most vulnerable communities (often the inner cities), our good, decent, law-abiding citizens are held hostage by poverty and crime. When you are struggling just to keep a roof over your head, food in your belly, and clothes on your back, purchasing a gun, stun-gun, or home security system are considered luxuries.
Our Founding Fathers did not make the Second Amendment a right for only the wealthy. It’s an inalienable right to protect oneself. It’s fundamental to any free society. Our Second Amendment states,
“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
Notice that even though it mentions a “Militia”, the phrase “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms,” makes a clear distinction that the right to keep and bear Arms is a right of the “people”, NOT the “Militia”. The Second Amendment does not apply to just a Militia, but the right of every person to own a gun. It appears that the Founders are saying that we need a military to maintain freedom, but if that military (government) turns on “the people”, the people will have the ability to fight back and that the right to fight back “shall not be infringed.”
The Second Amendment is critical to maintain all of our other rights. Without it, we would be left defenseless against a consistently encroaching government bent on usurping our God-given human rights.
How can we assure that this very fundamental right is being equally applied to all citizens, regardless of their ability to afford the tools needed to exercise that right?
We already provide for basic fundamental needs of those who are financially depressed. We provide food, shelter, medical, education, utility assistance, childcare, and even cash for the poorest among us. Why wouldn’t we assist them with this fundamental right to self-protection? Especially since those who are the poorest among us tend to live in urban areas, which are often major criminal hubs. That puts these citizens at the highest risk. It's horribly ironic that the people least likely to be able to purchase a firearm are often the very people who at the greatest risk of being victimized by crime.
We need to assist our vulnerable citizens with access to their Constitutionally-protected Second Amendment. This bill provides a $200 voucher for eligible citizens to buy a personal defense tool or system. We are not handing out guns. We are providing financial assistance towards the purchase of a gun. We are merely assisting our most vulnerable citizens with access. There would be qualifications:
- Household income must be less than 200% of poverty level (similar to other assistance programs)
- The individual must be able to pass already existing background checks.
The $200 voucher could be used for:
- Stun gun
- Home security system
- Other personal security systems and tools (i.e., pepper spray)
- Safe or other secure storage container to safely store a self-defense tool or system
Anyone who chooses a firearm, would also get vouchers for 2 hours or range time every 90 days at a local gun range. We want our armed citizens to be trained in the proper use of their self-defense tools.
Either we are a nation of laws and equal application of those laws, or we are not. It is imperative that everyone have access to their Second Amendment Right. This makes it possible for those most vulnerable and least likely to afford a firearm, to be able to get one.
That is true equality!