The second amendment of the Bill of Rights states: “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” This week, individuals that would like to see us stripped of the freedoms we have enjoyed since 1791 will have the chance to put an end to these rights. New Hampshire citizens are currently facing another hurdle that puts our freedom in jeopardy. This obstacle is called House Bill 1635. This bill would outlaw the possession of firearms in public areas, such as, town buildings, state-operated rest areas, the university system/community college system, the State House complex, and others. This legislation, if passed, would create an easy pathway for future legislation that could potentially eliminate gun ownership altogether.
In recent years, we have seen examples of crimes in other states where, if a citizen had their right to keep and bare arms at that particular moment, these crimes could have been prevented and there could have been a much different, less devastating outcome. Many anti-gun activists would have you believe that the existence of a fire arm breeds violence when just the opposite is true. A potential criminal would be less likely to commit a violent crime if he or she believed a nearby citizen had the means to prevent that crime. The most troubling of this proposed bill is the language giving these public buildings and sites the “option” to post their restrictions. This means that a potential law abiding citizen could accidentally walk or drive into one of these restricted sites and face felony charges simply for carrying the fire arm that he or she has the right to possess. Even if the optional provision is taken out of the bill, what does that say about these legislators that are so willing to take away the basic rights of their citizens? This is not what our founders had in mind. New Hampshire residents have a right to keep their guns, carry their guns and protect their families.
To all the members of the House vote “NO” on HB 1635.
Leigh Macneil, Hopkinton