Freedom. The original intent of those who not only founded the US Constitution, but the original intent of those who founded the Indiana Constitution. It's nonnegotiable.
Article ! Section 20 1816:
Sect. 20. That the people have a right to bear arms for the defence of themselves, and the state; and that the military shall be kept in strict subordination to the civil power.
Article 1 Section 32 Indiana Constitution:
Section 32. The people shall have a right to bear arms, for the defense of themselves and the State.
We are being denied this right by way, not of legislature, which would be unconstitutional itself, but by the arbitrary 'rule' that CTASC (Counter Terrorism and Security Council) has foisted upon the decent honest gun owners of Indiana.
Not only is this egregious, it makes those of us who have chosen to defend ourselves in league with terrorists, by the very language of this 'rule'. There is no thought to the people who have undergone FBI background checks, who have been willing to 'beg the state permission to defend ourselves' via 'permits'. It is insulting and flies in the face of what we should be about. We have become second class citizens who have no choice but to bend to the will of this unlawful decision.
As I said in a meeting with several CTASC members, we who carry firearms are the 'grassroot counter terrorism'. There is no danger from us. What are the CTASC members, State Police, DHS afraid of concerning us?
If the Governor is 'pro 2A' as he claims, then this must be an oversight. I appeal to him and to all good people to respond to our need to continue a tradition and RIGHT. So many in the Statehouse have told me they feel SAFER with us armed amongst them. This flies in the face of Senator Wyss' claim 'people are afraid of citizens armed in the Statehouse'.
I call upon Mitch Daniels to declare that decent honest Hoosiers with a 'permit' to carry (I have a lifetime permit as does Senator Wyss) to continue to carry in the Statehouse. There is more harm than good otherwise.
The Governor who signed into Law a Lifetime permit and declared that we also can carry on DNR land must surely see we are the same folks who have carried firearms in the Statehouse for years. Please do not stop us from exercising Freedom now. In the light of Virginia Tech, do not let us be stripped of our ability for self defense no matter where we are.
Pleae spread this to ALL Indiana gunowners and to all nationally. Indiana is a premier State for Freedom. Do not let us slide into negligence.
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