BY: B. Keith Plunkett @Keithplunkett
- To retain possession of: kept the change; must keep your composure.
- To have as a supply: keep an ax in the shed.
- To hold up; support.
- To carry from one place to another; transport.
Of all the things that have been said and written about Friday’s ruling by Hinds County Judge Winston Kidd on Mississippi’s gun law, HB 2, one thing about the ruling stands out as so ridiculous that it can only be brazen ignorance.
The Mississippi law clarified “concealed” and restated the constitutional right to open carry in the process. It was set to go into effect on July 1.
The liberal establishment that campaigns to attack any victory by Mississippi Conservatives began looking for ways to make hay. Their reactionary tactic was typical: faux fear. Democrats did exactly what they tried to do during the Medicaid debates over expansion. When logic fails them–as it often does–they resort to fear mongering.
You’ve no doubt heard many takes on this; that Judge Kidd was in the tank for Democrats, that he was paid off, that this is part of a larger attack on the Constitution, that Judge Kidd has no jurisdiction to rule on a state law, that this is a breach of separation of powers.
Some of these are definitely true. For all I know, all of them may be. But, in the push to make all this sound so high and mighty and legal and constitutional, the Judge in his ruling showed his intelligence, or lack of it, in such a way that it makes you wonder what his college transcripts look like.
You see, of all the legal speak and lawyer talk there is one thing you can’t get around. The definition of words don’t change, and either Kidd wants us to think he is so high and mighty that he can simply redefine what words mean, or he is so ignorant that he doesn’t realize what they mean.
Somebody give this guy a dictionary.
Judge Kidd ruled that, although the Second Amendment guarantees the right “to keep and bear arms” and guarantee “the individual right to possess and carry weapons in case of confrontation,” it does no allow a person to walk around while openly carrying a weapon.
Understand what that means?
He’s saying pretty clearly that we have the right to “keep and bear”, but not “walk and carry”. Does Judge Kidd think with a waving of his wand that he has now defined where confrontations can and will occur?
If it is legal for me to “open carry” in my vehicle but not on my person, then what if I don’t own a vehicle? Am I to leave my protection behind or should I stay at home? What if I am homeless? Are my rights to self-protection lessened because I am a homeless person? What constitutes a home? Can I live in a tent? Can my protective weapon be wrapped into my tent and then carried on my person while I’m “walking around”? Am I no longer allowed to walk around anywhere with my weapon? How do I go dove-hunting this Labor Day or deer-hunting in the Fall?
None of those questions were answered. But that is how liberal control of people works, use emotion and fear to rule against a personal and guaranteed right in one arena, and then further ratchet down on the details later on, taking away piece by piece a persons right to carry ANYWHERE.
Judge Kidd’s ruling was that the law is “unconstitutionally vague” and that the Legislature must “review, amend or clarify House Bill 2 to accomplish its intended purpose.”
That’s absolute BS. The law itself IS the clarification of an existing constitutionally guaranteed right. That IS it’s intended purpose.
The BS stands for two things here. The first we all know. The second is for the liberal “belief system” which will trump personal and civil rights every time for a dyed in the wool liberal like Kidd.
The end game is simple. They can’t fully control you until they disarm you. This ruling doesn’t protect anyone except those who fear loss of power.
The only thing vague here is Kidd’s ability to understand the meaning of “keep” and “bear”, and while he’s looking up those words he should try to find the meaning of the term “shall not be infringed.”
Businesses and people are leaving Jackson in droves now. Is there any wonder why?
About Keith: Keith Plunkett has worked on communications issues with a range of public officials from aldermen to Congressmen, and a variety of businesses, governmental agencies and non-profits. He serves or has served as a board member of several non-profit, civic and political organizations. Contact him by going to HorizonMediaMarketing.com or follow him on Twitter @Keithplunkett
- Sen. Melanie Sojourner on gun ruling: Judges trampling of Constitution is alarming. (mississippipep.wordpress.com)
- Breaking: State Judge blocks Open-carry law from taking effect. (mississippipep.wordpress.com)
- Sen. Angela Hill: Concealed Carry Law has been hijacked by judicial activists to plant uncertainty. (mississippipep.wordpress.com)
- Rep. Pat Nelson on gun ruling: Judge Kidd deserves an early retirement. (mississippipep.wordpress.com)
- Locals React to Extension of Open Carry Block (wtok.com)
- Hood appeals judges ruling to halt open-carry to Supreme Court. (mississippipep.wordpress.com)
- Bryant Confident Open-Carry Law Will Stand (wtok.com)
- Democrats bypass checks and balances to halt open gun carry law in Mississippi (examiner.com)