In Lowell, Massachusetts, conservatives, libertarians, and gun owners are lashing out at a new law that will require residents to write an essay if they want to procure a license to carry. The laws, which were voted on unanimously by the city council, are set to go into effect this week. They will put Lowell Police Superintendent William Taylor in charge of determining who will and will not be granted a license.
“It is absurd that people should have to write an essay to the town to explain why they should be able to exercise their constitutional rights,” said Jim Wallace, executive director of Gun Owners Action League of Massachusetts. “We already have a very strict set of gun laws in the state, but this is way over the top.”
Police chiefs in Massachusetts enjoy wide latitude when it comes to implementing state and federal gun laws. Lowell’s new restrictions, however, may cross the line into infringement. At least, that’s what many residents believe. One such resident told the city council last week that we wasn’t going to play along with their games. “I will never write an essay to get my rights as an American citizen,” said Dan Gannon.
Police spokesman Timothy Crowley said it was much ado about nothing. “If you want a license to carry a firearm unrestricted wherever you want and whenever you want, the superintendent is just looking for some documentation as to why,” Crowley said. “That is not unreasonable to most people.”
You know, these people make statements like that and they never seem to be asked to prove it. Most people…most Americans…commonsense...they use these terms, but it’s just hot air. The truth is that most people believe that the Second Amendment says that the right to bear arms shall not be infringed. And what is this requirement if not an infringement on that very right? What would the ACLU say if we started requiring voters to write an essay before getting registered? Hell, they don’t even believe we should ask for ID!
The situation in Lowell is similar to the one in the nation’s capital, where city council Democrats have tried for years to make up their own legal view of the Constitution. The courts have continually struck down their attempts to thwart liberty, and hopefully the courts will do the same in Massachusetts. Our rights only remain as long as we’re willing to fight those who would take them away.