Editor’s Notebook

by Gila Hayes

My April editorial in this journal offered more questions than opinions. With how to respond to ever-encroaching government regulation– especially those on armed self defense–foremost in the minds of most gun owners, I posed several questions in last month’s column, including—
Why do people choose to live where government so oppresses their rights?
What would happen if freedom-loving people leave oppressive states?
If we flee oppression, as did our Founding Fathers, will we eventually run out of places to run, or will we establish enclaves of freedom? Are those left behind harmed if armed citizens abandon restrictive cities and states? If we are consistently outvoted should we stay in an area or should we leave?
I invited Network members to share their experiences and opinions about those concerns, and as expected, the responses were opinionated and often forcefully stated. Members shared their personal experiences, and in their stories, I found much that stimulates thought. This will be a long column because I want to share as much of the members’ responses as I can. I limited editing as much as possible, just enough to keeping us on topic and at a manageable length. Now, let’s see what our members think about staying and fighting restrictive gun legislation or moving away.

STAY AND FIGHT…FOR NOW

Tom responded that he had been asking the same questions I posed—

“I just read your thoughtful and well-written editorial in the April journal. What you described is exactly the conversation that has been going on in my home recently.

“My wife and I and two of our three sons live in Colorado, which I’m sure you know has passed some very bad gun bills, including a magazine limit of 15 rounds, a mandatory background check, and a mandatory background check fee.

The bills banning concealed carry on college campuses and the Colorado AWB (assault weapons ban) were withdrawn by the Democrat legislators following ridiculous and inflammatory statements by some of the bill sponsors and legislators – which were gaining negative attention in the state and national media. Due to some very inept and flawed legislative and gubernatorial candidates in the past few elections, the Democrats now control both houses and the governorship. The national Democrat party and strong Bloomberg-funded efforts have pushed through the gun bills.

“I have been thinking about moving but will at least wait and see what happens in the 2014 elections and several recall petitions now being circulated. My sense is the makeup of the state legislature may well change, and perhaps significantly. My family is ‘all in’ in this fight for our rights.

“Although all three of our sons are in their 20s and currently unmarried, we will likely make choices on where to live based on their location and possible grandchildren in the future. We are watching the developments here, and for now don’t consider the laws that were recently passed as reason enough to move out of state.”

NOW, I WOULD LEAVE!

Ron addressed the April editorial, writing—

“I’m afraid I have a very biased view on this issue. I would leave! Now, that is. I did leave New York State, although not for that reason. I retired and moved to Arizona for the weather. However, living in NY for most of my adult life for reasons of family and employment, I admit I would not have left earlier because they were the priority. I most likely would have tried to relocate without losing employment, since my company (IBM) did have quite a bit of opportunity in this respect. Absent that, I would have had to put up with the nonsense New Yorkers are going through today.

“I shot bull’s-eye target 50 years ago and had a pistol permit about as soon as I could afford a pistol. I already had a few hunting rifles and shotguns, as that was my primary sport in the earlier years. It was not really possible at that time to get a pistol permit for defensive purposes.
 

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