“The rights of conscience, of bearing arms…are declared to be inherent in the people.” ~ Fisher Ames, 1789.
Media sensationalism over school shootings and selective gun violence is fueling an angst among many politicians and some of the citizenry for more gun regulations, including in North Carolina. For many on the Left, more regulatory action on firearms is the first step towards moving society in a direction where only law enforcement and a very limited number of citizens are allowed to be armed.
Recent tragedies have emboldened State and local politicians and some citizens (particularly urban) to step up their rhetoric to restrict an inherent right to bear arms – a right with traditionally deep support in North Carolina, especially given the state’s large rural population. A 2017 article notes that North Carolina has a larger rural population than any other state except for Texas, and proportionally has the largest rural population amongst the 10 most populous states. Their rights, as well as the rights of all North Carolinians, are placed at risk by an increasing list of demands for increased gun control.
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