WHY IS IT I CAN’T HELP THINK ABOUT “MAD MAX FURY ROAD”

Truckers demand 2A rights:

A group of small business truckers has sent an email to the Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao. The email asks that, as part of the national emergency involving the Chinese virus, the federal government declare the Second Amendment overrides state law and federal regulation forbidding truckers from exercising their Second Amendment rights.

From transportationnation.com:

The 15,000-member SBTC is calling on federal authorities to preempt state and local laws regarding the right to carry a firearm.

Therefore, in accordance with the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution, we hereby request the U.S. Department of Transportation please issue a preemption order nullifying any and all state and local laws that restrict truck drivers from carrying firearms across state lines throughout America in order to enable them to protect themselves and their cargo as they engage in interstate commerce.

As this is now a matter of life and death, please issue same forthwith.

“The SBTC through its TRUCKER LIVES MATTER campaign has sought the unfettered ability of drivers to carry firearms for self protection nationwide since its inception in 2014,” Lamb tells Transportation Nation Network (TNN). “We have pointed to Department of Labor statistics that show the unusually high rates of murders on the road for workers in interstate transportation.”

This is a valid argument. It is vital that trucks keep delivering everything society needs to keep operating during the emergency. During social unrest, there will always be an element attempting to take advantage of the situation.

One argument between those who want the population disarmed and those who believe the population should have easy access to arms is a small scale, utilitarian one.

People who are voluntarily unarmed have a psychological interest in promoting the idea that having a gun makes a person less safe, and that having a gun has no utility in preventing crime. It reassures them they have made the correct decision by deciding to be unarmed.

It is a difficult argument to make rationally persuasive. Weapons would not exist if they did not provide the possessor with an advantage over the disarmed.

The fallback position, for those who wish the population to be disarmed, is to claim only intensely trained and supervised individual, such as, supposedly, police and military personnel, can gain benefit from being armed.

However, people who have passed through the legal hoops required to obtain carry permits, commit far fewer crimes than do the police. Police tend to train more with firearms than do most military (as difficult as that is to believe).

Commercial truckers go through a similar background check process as do most concealed carry permit holders. Truckers are especially vulnerable to violent crime because of their vocation.

It would be a good test case for the Trump Administration to declare, during this emergency, the exercise of Second Amendment rights by commercial truckers (whose licenses are federally supervised) overrides state powers to regulate firearms. This argument would be bolstered by the power of the federal government to regulate interstate commerce, as granted by the Constitution.

Those who have lived by the abuse of the interstate commerce clause for decades would be feeling the other side of the blade.

It would be a good policy. It would be good politics.
It would be immediately challenged in court. It would send a good message to the appeals courts, and the Supreme Court.

It combines utility, emergency powers, the Second Amendment and the Commerce Clause. It would be nearly irresistible for activist district court judges. It would be difficult for the appellate courts to ignore. Such a combination would be very difficult for the current Supreme Court to ignore.

It would not be perfect. Perfect is the enemy of the good, because, those who insist on perfect prevent the good from ever happening.

Such an emergency proclamation would be a double-edged dagger pointed at the heart of the arguments against the exercise of Second Amendment rights.

Will it happen? I suspect not. It is not on the radar of the Trump administration.

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4 Responses to WHY IS IT I CAN’T HELP THINK ABOUT “MAD MAX FURY ROAD”

  1. redneckgeezer says:

    If it really is a matter of life or death, who ask?

  2. bogsidebunny says:

    I’m with the truckers. Lock & Load for the “Cannonball Run”. As a matter of fact maybe the Air Force can chip in and dig up some dual-50 ball turrets from scrapped B29’s.

  3. Bob says:

    There are no Federal Regulations forbidding truckers from carrying firearms in their trucks. Truckers have to comply with the state laws in which they’re passing through. For most truckers, states like Illinois, NY, California, Maryland, etc can be a dangerous place if they have a firearm in their trucks. Granted there may be some areas Federal Regulations forbid truckers to possess firearms like possibly a sea port.

  4. Toxic Deplorable Racist SAH B Woodman says:

    The 2A is (should be) law enough to override state law.
    Don’t ask, just do.
    Better to ask for forgiveness after, then permission before.
    And if it gets really sticky (i.e., NJ, NY, CA, IL), then just boycott that state, “aww hell no to the max, I ain’t drivin’ no load to that cess hole. If it’s that important, someone else can meet me at the border and we can drop and swap trailers.”

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