By: Brenden Boudreau
If you were attending the 2019 Second Amendment March on September 10 in Lansing , Michigan and happened to visit the House Office Building, there’s a good chance you saw the sign hanging on the office door of State Rep. Kara Hope (D- HD 67) prohibiting her constituents from visiting her if they happen to be practicing their Second Amendment rights.
While this sign is not all that surprising to see on the door of a known anti-gun Democrat (frankly, I’m surprised not to see more offices with it), it appears that State Rep. Hope violated state law in restricting those legally carrying a firearm from visiting her office.
According to the Detroit News, Republican Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield sent a letter Wednesday to Rep. Hope requiring her to take down the sign, as it was “not only authorized but potentially unlawful.”
In prohibiting individuals who happen to be legally carrying under state law from entering her office, not only was Hope infringing on their right to keep and bear arms and banning the carry of firearms where bans are not authorized, but she was also effectively violating their right to petition their government, a right protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and Article 1, Section 3 of the Michigan Constitution.
It’s amazing the lengths some politicians will go to avoid having to hear voices of dissent.
This has been a bad week for anti-gun Democrats in Michigan. U.S Congresswoman Haley Stevens (D) of Michigan’s 11th Congressional District was not transparent about the true intent of her gun control town hall in Commerce Township, and she proceeded in shouting down her pro-gun constituents for daring to call out her support for radical gun control Tuesday night.
Not surprisingly, Democrat State Rep. Kara Hope is a co-sponsor of State Rep. Robert Wittenberg’s (D-HD 27) due process-shredding “Red Flag” gun confiscation legislation.
Hope is also one of only 19 Democrats in the Michigan House of Representatives to vote against House Bill 4434, apparently believing throwing someone in jail for five years and ruining their lives with a felony conviction is reasonable for simply failing to renew their Concealed Pistol License. (HB 4434 passed the Michigan House 90-19.)
What is clear is that large swaths of the Democratic Party are bought and paid for by the gun control lobby.
The proposals being introduced by today’s Democrats make the gun control measures of yesterday look tame.
Believing that Michiganders should face a five-year felony for having an expired CPL is radical.
Taking a person’s property without proper due process via a Red Flag order is radical.
Banning entire classes of firearms based solely on cosmetic features is radical.
Yet these are the new standards by which Democrat politicians measure their success.
They are all in a race to out gun grab each other.
This isn’t about stopping “gun violence,” but about making it as difficult as possible for law-abiding citizens to practice their Second Amendment rights and carrying on in the American tradition of firearm ownership.
It’s also about shutting down any form of opposition to their radical views, either through signs, shaming, or shouting – or all three.
Keep in mind that there used to be a day where “pro-gun” Democrats existed in large enough numbers to actually be noticeable.
Now most of them have either been ousted from office by aggressive campaigns funded by anti-gun billionaires or have had a convenient “change of heart” on gun control.
It’s crucial that anti-gun politicians hear from their pro-gun constituents, otherwise, they may wrongly believe that their views are in line with their districts.
And if they skate by without feeling the political heat for their radical views, the proposals they introduce will be even more radical next year.
Brenden Boudreau is the Director of Field Operations for the National Association for Gun Rights, writing from Michigan. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Disclosure: In addition to his work with the National Association for Gun Rights, the author is also Executive Director of Great Lakes Gun Rights.
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