The anti-rights lobby has now coined a new word. It is “criminal carry”. I learned it when I saw this tweet by the Demanding Mommy herself, Shannon Watts.
Because passing Criminal Carry last session wasn't dangerous enough, gun lobby-backed lawmakers in Tennessee tried to lower the age to carry loaded handguns in public from 21 to 18, while also classifying permit holders as "law enforcement." 🙄🙄🙄— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) April 29, 2022
Of course, she has characterized permitless or constitutional carry by that epithet. As to the Demanding Moms actually stopping that bill in Tennessee, let’s just say that Mrs. Watts is never shy about taking credit when no credit is due her.
Given the right to keep and bear arms is an enumerated right, I’d like to take Mrs. Watts’ classification of one enumerated right to its illogical extreme by applying it to other enumerated rioghts.
So is it free speech or criminal speech that is protected by the First Amendment?
Is it the free exercise of religion or the criminal exercise of religion?
Is it due process of law or criminal process of law?
Is it a free press or a criminal press?
Is it the right to peaceably assemble or is it a right to criminally assemble?
The list could go on but you get what I’m saying. Someone may not like my right to exercise a constitutional right but to denigrate it diminishes all rights. Too bad Mrs. Watts is not smart enough to realize that.