Second Amendment Fight Protects More than Guns

From Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership:  http://jpfo.org/articles-2018/2a-fight-more-than-guns.htm?awt_l=JlhDw&awt_m=JJpg7bkEilZn_P

By Dean Weingarten. June 17th, 2018
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People who talk and write about the Second Amendment focus on firearms. There is nothing wrong with that. Some people go off into the weeds on nuclear weapons, but the cost of obtaining one for non-state actors is prohibitive and covered in minute detail by thousands of pages of regulations.

Consider the other end of the spectrum. That end is clearly covered by the Second Amendment.

Consider how much protection the Second Amendment gives to items other than firearms. Items which are used and carried every day by tens, perhaps hundreds of millions of Americans.

This was driven home to me in the months I spent in Australia. The Australian right to arms, which should have come with the Australian Constitution, has been destroyed. It was driven into oblivion by the willingness of the Australian courts to follow the British lead and simply ignore it.

In Australia, the only item in the picture which can be carried without tacit police approval, is the pen, included for scale. A knife dealer assured me that no police official would prosecute me for carrying the Swiss army knife. I was *not* allowed to carry it into a pub (bar). I could carry it most other places because I was obviously not a shady character, as long as I uttered the magic words that gave a reasonable reason to carry it (food preparation, farm work). That emphatically did *not* include self defense.

The Choate ice scraper was right out; reading the law, it appeared to fit the very broad Australian definition of a prohibited weapon. So are sling shots and cross bows. I probably could have gotten by carrying the Cold Steel with its 5.4 inch blade… but I did not want to risk it. This is how lives are penned in and circumscribed by the regulatory nanny state.

In America, because of incremental restoration of Second Amendment rights, things are different.

We have been in a cultural and legal war to restore Second Amendment rights for over 50 years. We were in a holding action for the previous 40. Progressivism detests the idea of the Second Amendment in its very essence. During the last 30 years, we have been winning the majority of the battles.

The focus has been on firearms. That focus has taken much of the regulatory steam out of attempts to destroy the right to carry items deemed of less lethality.

The Supreme Court ruled unanimously, that electric stun guns are covered by the Second Amendment, in the Caetano decision. Several cities and states have repealed or revised their ban on stun guns. Knife Rights has been wildly successful in repealing or reforming knife laws in numerous states. Typing this in Wisconsin, I have no worries about carrying my Cold Steel XL Voyager virtually everywhere. (It is a wonderful knife. I have used it for everything from a mini-machete to gutting deer, to removing splinters to slicing apples). I can carry it in Wisconsin without worries, because of the efforts of Knife Rights.

When legislators are focused on firearms, it is possible to craft and pass reforms to eliminate stupid knife bans.

I do not know of any state that bans the Choate ice scrapper. Maybe New Jersey, maybe New York City. Knife reform law passed the legislature twice in New York State, very close to unanimously, but was vetoed by Governor Cuomo.

The American fight to restore the Second Amendment keeps those who wish Americans disarmed from focusing on knives, slingshots, ice scrapers, stun guns and walking sticks. As I read the law in Wisconsin, I may legally carry a sword cane or strap a sword to may belt and stroll through Milwaukee.

It is time consuming, frustrating, and expensive for people to keep fighting to restore the Second Amendment. It has been going on for decades. Doing so, Second Amendment supporters keep the fight focused on firearms, and away from “less lethal” items. That is worth a good deal.

As legislation is passed reforming knife law, and removing bans on other weapons, momentum is built for reforming gun law and restoring Second Amendment rights. In England, a judge is calling for legislation to remove the point from English knives.

That view is derided with laughter in America. That derision occurs because the Second Amendment fight is focused on firearms, making concerns about knives mockable.

The fight to restore Second Amendment rights is far from over, but there are many positive secondary effects.

©2018 by Dean Weingarten: Permission to share is granted when this notice and link are included. Gun Watch

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Premier Gun Show at Big Town This Weekend

Well our favorite neighborhood show.  Something about only having to travel 15 minutes to get to the show that makes it our favorite.  Maybe sleeping 45 minutes later than when we have to go to Fort Worth has something to do with it.

We are finally restocking some of our knives.  I have the Harpy someone asked for and one of the Warncliffe Delicas with a plain edge.  I also have another Street Beat for the gentleman who asked about it.

Admission is $9, kids 11 and under are FREE, and Parking is FREE! Say “DAD” at the door for $1 off!

SHOW HOURS
Saturday 9:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday 10:00am – 4:00pm

We hope to see you there, but if we miss you because of Father’s Day, we wish all you dads a happy one.

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Dallas Arms Collectors Show at Dallas Market Hall This Weekend

Today we loaded in for this weekend’s for the Dallas Market Hall Show.

Summer is already here, it’s hot out.  Not two ways around it.

But Market hall has its AC working.  We are in our usual spot.

Show Hours are:

Saturday:     9:00am-5:00pm
Sunday:        9:00am-4:00pm

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Lone Star Gun Show in Fort Worth This Weekend

This weekend we will be at the Lone Star Gun Show in Fort Worth.  Not the Premier Show that is held there which means we towards the South West corner of the hall not far from where they sell the BBQ.

We have some new knives in stock.  We also have a few interesting used knives at very good prices.  Some of our knives like the Tatanka have been discontinued.

I know Blade Show is this weekend and of course we are watching our suppliers for new releases that will make their debut this weekend.

It’s hot out side and I have been assure the AC is working at Will Rogers.

SHOW HOURS
Saturday 9:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday 10:00am – 4:00pm

Hope to see you there.

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Memorial Day Weekend

We are not doing a show this weekend.

Our plans include watching Dunkirk and  Darkest Hour.

My parent’s generation fought the Nazis and the Japanese.  They stood up for all that is right and good and faced an enemy that was evil incarnate.

In the town where I was born there was always a parade on Memorial Day.  The stores were closed and the dead were both honored and solemnly remembered.  Those who had lost family members mourned their loss.

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Premier Gun Show at Big Town in Mesquite This Weekend

Well we are back at Big Town this weekend.  This is the second of only two local shows this month.  Our next show after this is in June.

Admission is $9, Kids 11 and under are FREE, and Parking is FREE. Say “TRIGGER” at the door for a $1 off!

We are in our usual spot.

SHOW HOURS
Saturday 9:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday 10:00am – 4:00pm

We’ll see you there!

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