Tuesday, 28 January 2014 15:18

New Gun-Rights Bill Angers Namesake Piers Morgan

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An Oklahoma state legislator has proposed a pro-gun law to “reaffirm Oklahomans’ Second Amendment rights,” and humorously named it after a man who loathes being associated with such a measure.

The “Piers Morgan Constitutional Right to Keep and Bear Arms Without Infringement Act,” proposed by State Senator Nathan Dahm, would allow citizens over the age of 18 to openly carry loaded or unloaded guns without the need for a license. The bill would include military or law enforcement functions, practice or performance for entertainment purposes, and lawful self-defense situations.

If passed, the legislation would not have an impact on gun-free zones such as schools and government offices.

Dahm stated in a press release,

The Second Amendment says the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed, and yet when we require our citizens to jump through hoops, pay fees and undergo a process that presumes they're guilty of something until proven otherwise, their rights are being infringed upon.

Senate Bill 1473 simply says Oklahomans can carry firearms in all the places currently allowed by law, but they will no longer be required to obtain a license to do so.

Responding to concerns that the law would increase gun violence, Dahm asserted, “I’m not concerned about it. They said the same thing ... when we passed open carry. There was going to be a wild west — there was going to be blood in the streets, and we haven’t seen that happen.”

According to Doug Friesen, an Oklahoma gun law attorney, current laws hurt Oklahomans who do not have the financial ability to pay for classes and licensing:

Some of our most vulnerable citizens are left without the means to protect themselves outside of their home. That, I think is a tragedy.

It affects many of our lowest social economic groups, which quite frankly probably live in areas where they need it the most. Human predators are just like animal predators. They seek out the weakest, the ones least able to defend themselves.

Dahm humorously named the bill after CNN’s Piers Morgan (shown), a notorious anti-gun commentator well known for his anti-Second Amendment tirades. Said Dahm,

A lot of times, people will name bills almost the exact opposite of [their] intent. We have the Patriot Act that was passed by Republicans — one of the most unpatriotic acts ever passed in American history. What better name to come up with — somebody that is for even stricter gun control — to actually loosen our gun control measures in Oklahoma.

Morgan has garnered a reputation as an anti-gun crusader. On Monday, for example, he tweeted his theory on the Second Amendment: “Given the young ages of most mass/random shooters in America, I’d make it illegal for anyone under 25 to buy a gun of any kind.”

Morgan then compared Second Amendment rights to the ability to rent a car: "It's almost impossible to rent a car under the age of 25 in America — why not regulate guns the same way? Just common sense."

The CNN on-air personality also used the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings and the 9/11 attacks to advance his agenda, writing, "America's response to 9/11 was to ban all potential weapons on planes. Why is the only answer to gun violence MORE guns?"

Upon learning that Dahm's legislation was named after him, Morgan tweeted that it was “unbelievable": “Hi Senator @NathanDahm—come on my show and debate your new ‘Piers Morgan Act.’ If you have the guts.”

Dahm accepted the offer, tweeting back, “Received the email invite from your producer. Working out the details but it looks like Monday evening. We can discus it then.”

Appearing on Morgan’s show on Monday, Dahm discussed the intrusiveness of the federal government, particularly in relation to Second Amendment rights.

Morgan used a Kinder egg — a chocolate shell with a little toy inside (which is illegal in the United States) — in an attempt to make an analogy about the absurdity of what he perceives as careless gun laws. But it backfired when his conservative guest agreed with him.

Morgan argued that it was nonsensical for Dahm to have a "constitutional right to have guns” while Kinder eggs are prohibited. “Does that strike you as strange?" he asked.

However, Dahm agreed that Kinder eggs should be legal, asserting that their ban exemplifies the government's constant effort to protect citizens from themselves, and observed that the federal government is equally "intrusive" in banning either Kinder eggs or guns.

"The federal government has become very intrusive and they are operating outside of their constitutional authority in many areas, and this is one example of it," he responded.

"So you would battle hard with me to save the Kinder egg for the American people?" Morgan asked, to which Dahm replied, "I love the Kinder eggs."

Detecting that his analogy failed to achieve the desired result, Morgan abruptly switched the conversation: "Let's get serious against guns."

He played a video of a grieving father who lost his son in the tragic Newtown, Connecticut, school shooting in December 2012, and argued that the right to life supersedes the right to carry a weapon.

Dahm responded,

I believe that both of them should and could coexist. We do have a right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. And we also do have a right to keep and bear arms. And yes, somebody should not take that right and violate somebody else's right, and take a life, and they should be punished accordingly if they do that. But you don't understand what a right is, and that's the problem here.

Morgan began to get heated during the interview, demanding,

What part of a well regulated militia allows you to put this bill out using my name to get yourself some cheap publicity, and sort of make a mockery of the whole thing? What part allows you to say that Oklahomans should all just be able to be armed to the teeth in the streets, with no licensing or background checks, and that constitutes somehow a well regulated militia as laid down by your founding fathers?

But Dahm remained calm, answering,

First of all, I'm not here to get attention for myself. I'm here to get attention on the issue. The militia is made up of three parts: the Oklahoma National Guard, the Oklahoma State Guard, and the unorganized militia, which is every able-bodied citizen between the age of 18 and 69.

While the future of Dahm’s bill is uncertain, the exposure that his proposal has received has given him the opportunity on nationwide TV to advocate constitutional rights and limitations — and that alone is an achievement.

Photo of Piers Morgan: AP Images

6 comments

  • Comment Link Michael Dalene Sunday, 02 February 2014 08:15 posted by Michael Dalene

    PS: If they want to go the "You have the government(s) to protect and defend your rights" then throw this in their face:

    The local government has the State, the State the Federal, and the federal International and Treaty laws/government to defend it; so why do any of them need weapons when they (like they tell me) have the Law and government on their side?

    People hate having their own Two-faced logic thrown in their faces because it proves how Evil, Corrupt, misguided, and ignorant they truly are; and sadly, most of those people are so-called educated and intelligent "self-professed' Americans?"

  • Comment Link Michael Dalene Sunday, 02 February 2014 08:09 posted by Michael Dalene

    People, People, People?... The best answers to such foolish statements as Morgan's are:

    1. Forget the 2nd Amendment and the modern definition of a 'militia.' The Fourth Amendment is the Right which Guarantees the Right of weapons to the People since without weapons and a means to defend One's rights such as "The right of the people to be secure in their person, houses, papers, and effects..." is meaningless without the means to defend and preserve that right.

    2. The People's Rights supersede those of the State (governments), and if the State thinks guns are necessary in ensuring Its safety and security than they must concede they are also necessary in ensuring the safety and security of the People; and...

    3. If weapons are NOT necessary in ensuring safety and security then why must the State be 'armed too the teeth?' They should "Lead by example" and willingly disarm.

  • Comment Link Heidi Preston Wednesday, 29 January 2014 16:12 posted by Heidi Preston

    Nathan Dahm Bio-
    As a Constitutional Conservative, Nathan draws heavily from his experiences in the formerly communist- and currently socialist- nation of Romania to inform people of the failures, perils, and evils of socialism. His desire is to serve the people, whether it is the impoverished people in Romania, or the Oklahomans of the 33rd Senate District

    Piers Morgan Bio-
    " British police made four arrests for suspected phone hacking Thursday, the first time that top editors and journalists at the Mirror group have been implicated in the scandal that has rocked U.K. media
    Also arrested was Tina Weaver, former editor of the Sunday Mirror and a onetime lieutenant to Morgan, a former U.K. tabloid editor-turned-CNN star, a person briefed on the arrest said.-Huffington Post
    "The BBC declined to name the journalist allegedly involved but said it was not Morgan, who was editor of the Daily Mirror at the time. However, the message in question appeared to be one Morgan later admitted listening to, a BBC spokesman said"-the Scottsman news

    Any questions? Some appear to show their weapons and some conceal them.

    The person spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak on behalf of the suspects

  • Comment Link Tionico Tuesday, 28 January 2014 20:56 posted by Tionico

    No contest at all.. Nathan Dahm KNOWS the Constitution, and its meaning, and Morgan quite obviously does not. NO idea what constitutes a milita, but Dahm set him straignt.No idea what is a right... with its attendant responsibilities. Nor any concept of cause and effect. Morgan utterly refuses to consider the solid statistics that prove, conclusively, multiple times and places, that when ordinary people are able to go about their daily business armed, violent crime of all sorts is significantly reduced. Yet Morgan constantly natters on about "more guns means more danger for everybody". He further fails to comprehend that if a perp like Adam Lanza really wanted to kill a bunch of school kids, and could not get a gun, there are a number of other ways to accomplish that end.... almost all of which would involve other lawfully and readily available means perverted to evil ends. Take guns out of the picture and Lanza and his sort would still commit their violent acts of murder in large numbers.

    Well done, Sir, you have flummoxed the nattering Brit. And he NEEDS to be brought down a notch or three.

  • Comment Link Nora Tuesday, 28 January 2014 18:41 posted by Nora

    I agree, Dahm used some excellent logic in copying the globalist practice of naming things the opposite of their true intent, and Piers needs to get out of our country rather than continually trying to mess into our business. Go home you arrogant mouthpiece, Morgan; no one's interested in your opinion.

  • Comment Link Dana Shore Tuesday, 28 January 2014 18:09 posted by Dana Shore

    Nathan Dahm, unlike Piers Moron I am a citizen of the U.S. and I want to thank you for your use of common sense and compassion for the safety of our citizens. I do hope at some time Piers will take his sorry intruding arrogant arse back to England where he belongs and shut the hell up !

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