Something’s Wrong With Your Rights

I hope you enjoyed the Fourth of July weekend. In honor of Independence Day and the signing of the Declaration of Independence I thought I would toss some questions out there for you to think about.

When should declaring a state of emergency automatically suspend one of your Constitutionally protected rights? That’s right, it shouldn’t. Ever. But that’s not quite the case in North Carolina.

The Second Amendment Foundation on Monday filed a federal lawsuit in North Carolina, seeking a permanent injunction against the governor, local officials and local governments from declaring states of emergency under which private citizens are prohibited from exercising their right to bear arms.

Not only does a declaration of emergency suspend your right to purchase guns and ammunition, it also suspends your right to carry a concealed weapon, even if you have a valid permit. I don’t know about you but I personally think that a state of emergency might just be the best time to be carrying a firearm.

Did you know that rushing the stage of a nationally televised hot dog eating contest is a governmental affair?

This weekend, former hot dog eating champ Takeru Kobayashi got into some hot water when he rushed the stage.

After rushing the stage Sunday in a T-shirt that read “Free Kobi,” Kobayashi was surrounded by police and taken away charged with resisting arrest, trespassing and obstruction of governmental affairs.

Exactly what part of rushing that stage was considered “obstruction of governmental affairs”? I don’t get it.

Do I need to remind you that the First Amendment has already been suspended in some parts of our country?