Playground Photo Reignites Gun Control Debate

By:  Bob Adelmann
Playground Photo Reignites Gun Control Debate

Thanks to the Internet, Facebook, informed citizens, and sheriffs with understanding and backbone, enforcement of unconstitutional gun laws will be increasingly difficult to accomplish.

When Heather Karenz of Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, posted this photo on Facebook and complained that the father in the background was carrying a sidearm, Police Chief David Beguhn responded by saying that a local ordinance prohibited openly carrying firearms at the Imagination Station children’s playground.

That sparked a call to the chief from Nik Clark, president of Wisconsin Carry, a gun-rights group, who informed the chief that a state law prohibited any local township from enacting gun laws stricter than the state’s.

Beguhn consulted with the city’s attorney, read the state law, realized his error, and retracted his warning that the local ordinance would be enforced. In fact, he now wants the city’s Common Council to repeal the ordinance. In the meantime, he will not enforce it.

Beguhn said:

I don’t want to sound like I’m making excuses but changes come down in the law all the time and we don’t always see them.

Once [they are] pointed out to us, we need to clarify our ordinances and make changes.

Calls to Beguhn’s office by The New American were not returned, but Beguhn stated publicly that his city generally does not bar open carry and that no one has been cited under the city’s now-illegal ordinance since it was passed in 2011.

This is exactly what another law enforcement official from Wisconsin said had to happen all across the country to accelerate the process of repealing and neutering the more than 20,000 laws at the local, municipal and state levels that no longer reflect recent Supreme Court decisions. Sheriff David Clarke of Milwaukee County spoke at the recent convention of the National Rifle Association where he reviewed what is becoming more and more common knowledge among concerned citizens:

Why am I here? I am here because, as you already know, the country that we understood at its founding is under siege. It’s under siege by a cabal that would transform us into something other than what the founding fathers wanted for every generation that followed....

Our Second Amendment is under siege by intellectual elitists like former United States Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens who wrote in an editorial ... that this confusion over the meaning of the Second Amendment can be solved by adding five words…”the right of the people to keep and bear arms, when serving in the militia, shall not be infringed.”...

I have a better way of clearing up any confusion that activist judges may have about the meaning of the Second Amendment. I would add these seven words at the end of the clause, “the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed ... keep your hands off our guns, dammit!”

Those seven words should clear up any confusion.

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