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by Jeff Gross, contributing writer – opinion
Second Amendment update: Now that the Progressives swarmed the RI State House in the 2020 election, they feel they have free reign to impose the whims and demands of Progressives on the Rhode Island public. This is because “They know what is best for ‘us’.” The Progressives will leave no stone unturned for their firearm confiscation laws.
All these laws are clearly violations of the Second Amendment. The Second Amendment was written after the 1st Amendment, not only to protect the 1st, but the founding fathers felt it was necessary “to protect a free state”. Did the founding fathers have some concept and fear of a Progressive movement, way back in 1787?
In Rhode Island, the Progressives have submitted an extreme number of anti-gun laws. I contacted Speaker of the House, Joe Shekarchi, to remind him that these laws are 110% unconstitutional. There were many years he would listen to me as I was a constituent. Not this time. The new Speaker was unconcerned that these laws are unconstitutional. It appears he cared less, rather than wanting to know more.
If he does actually care I hope he will state so! For those of us who some call “Constitutionalists”, this is becoming a concern about the Rhode Island legislature’s ignoring of the constitution.
In 2019 the Rhode Island legislature wrote a law to ignore any overturn by the US Supreme Court regarding Roe vs Wade’s abortion decision. Apparently Rhode Island isn’t concerned about being above the law. No wonder why Rhode Island has the nick name Rogue Island.
The point is as the “left” wrote all these bills, there are currently identical laws being challenged at the US Supreme Court (SCOTUS) level. All aspects of the Second Amendment are being challenged. From concealed carry and high-capacity firearm issues to whether a non-violent felon can own firearms. The latter has 6 cases submitted to SCOTUS alone with more in the wings. Further, there is a Rhode Islander, Edward Caniglia, who has brought a case to SCOTUS challenging the Red Flag Law or at the very least is a steppingstone to the Red Flag Law.
SCOTUS normally takes 1 -2 years to decide if it will accept a case to hear. They decided to accept this case in a record 3 months. I wonder why the rush? Oral arguments are set for March 24th, 2021. The Court’s decision will be released by June 28th.
Again, I wonder what the urgency is?
The opinions expressed in this published work are that of the author.
Jeffrey “Jeff” Gross spent 21 years as an Analytical Chemist at the USCG R&D Center in Groton, Connecticut, Woods Hole Laboratories, and Helix Technologies. Changing careers is a “great learning experience for everyone”, Jeff says, and I’m an avid outdoorsman and conservationist, a student of the sciences, and the world. The US holds too many wonders not to take a chance and explore them”.
Jeff is a Model Train and Railroad entrepreneur. Proud Golden Retriever owner. Ultra strong Second Amendment Advocate and Constitutionalist. “Determined seeker of the truth”.
Jeff is a RIFGPA Legislative and Legal Officer, Freshwater Chairman, NRA Liaison.
His subjects include Outdoors, Second Amendment, Model Railroading, and Whimsical.