One of my pet peeves, as some of you may know, is being told that “You can’t fight city hall.” “Bull!” I shout. This is still America, we are still Americans and we are still the home of the brave AND THE FREE.
Our founding fathers demanded that we question authority and challenge those who make rules that work against the greater good, didn’t they? Yet here we sit, so complacent and doing nothing but complaining without action.
The times are changing my friend. It’s time to say, “No, I am not going to pay that fee that is not explained;” “Yes, I want to speak to your supervisor’s supervisor;” or “Just go ahead and connect me to the CEO.”
Last week it was brought to my attention that a bill to be known as “The Bill to Repeal the Stand Your Ground Laws” is circulating out there. One of the very concerning factors of this bill is as follows:
"§ 14 409.80. Liability insurance required for gun owners.
“(a) Any person in this State who owns a firearm shall, prior to the ownership, obtain and continuously maintain a policy of liability insurance in an amount not less than one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000) specifically covering any damages resulting from any negligent or willful acts involving the use of the firearm while it is owned by the person. No firearm shall be transferred in this State unless the transferee at the time of the transfer provides proof that the transferee has complied with the provisions of this Part.
“(b) For purposes of this Part, a person is deemed to own a firearm if the firearm is lost or stolen until the loss or theft is reported pursuant to G.S. 14 409.13.
“(c) Any person who owns a firearm on December 1, 2013, shall obtain the insurance required by this Part by January 15, 2014.
“(d) This section does not apply to any law enforcement officer authorized to carry a firearm.
“(e) The Department of Insurance shall adopt rules to implement this Part.”
I have no doubt that behind this stupid proposal is the panel of insurance companies chomping at the bit. Could you image the HUGE financial profit these companies would make by forcing such an underhanded event to take place? Have you ever had the unfortunate reason to file for flood insurance? The first standard answer you get is “Denied — damage caused by wind.” Wind? What about the 15 feet of water that went through my living room? The reply most folks would get is that it “Must be wind-driven rain. Sorry, not covered.” What?!
Not only should this be deemed unconstitutional, the folks that thought it up should be charged with treason. Yes, treason. They are not FOR the people, they are AGAINST the people. This is nothing more than one more ploy to destroy the American citizen’s rights to freedom. I hope those of you reading this will take a moment out of your day and start paying attention to the work being done by your politicians, both local and state. Things like this may not pass through the first 10 times, but if we are not careful, the 11th will let it slide and they we will all pay for our ignorance.
Remember, knowledge is power and you are the most powerful person out there! Contact your local representative today. If you are not sure who your representatives are, inform yourself at ncleg.net/representation/WhoRepresentsMe.aspx. For Onslow and Pender counties, you can contact N.C. Rep. Phil Shepard at Phil.Shepard@ncleg.net, 919-715-9644; or N.C. Rep. Chris Millis, Chris.Millis@ncleg.net, 919-715-9664.
Dorothy Royal is the owner of Surf City Guns and Ammo, mother of two wonderful children, ringmaster of a herd of miniature ponies and an avid member of the Surf City Writers Group and Topsail Book Club.