I’m writing in response to Donnie Johnston’s column, “Those hinting at violence need to hold their fire.”
While the intent of this article—to preserve the peace—is laudable and represents the desires of the vast majority of us on both ends of the political spectrum, the author missed several salient points.
First, the governor and state legislature are not merely threatening to enact “stricter gun laws.” They are threatening to gut our inherent and constitutionally guaranteed right to keep and bear arms.
They have threatened to turn law-abiding gun owners into felons. They have expressed their desire to strip us of our inherent and inalienable rights. They propose nothing less than a flatly unconstitutional legislative assault on law-abiding citizens.
Second, the threats of violence are emanating from Richmond, and even from one U.S. congressman, not from us.
We have been threatened with confiscation of our lawfully acquired and possessed property, which would entail state-sponsored coercion and the use of force, incarceration, registration (an obvious necessity with which to later effectuate confiscation), and even the veiled threat of military force against us.
We are citizens peacefully advocating for our rights in a lawful and appropriate manner, and working with our local authorities to do so. In return, we are ridiculed, minimized, stereotyped and roundly berated with such epithets as ‘deplorable’ and ‘despicable.’
No American should accept threats and intimidation leveled at law-abiding citizens exercising their First Amendment rights to protect themselves and families.