The following is my opinion only and is not based on any facts or information from any source:
Why is it important that all of us who are qualified apply for a Concealed Carry Permit? I believe that the Hawaii Rifle Association is asking us to do this to support their effort to get the State of Hawaii and the Counties to begin issuing permits. But why? I believe what is happening here is due to the recent rulings by the Supreme Court. With their rulings supporting our Second Amendment rights we need to force our Hawaii governments to do their jobs and start issuing permits. The laws to issue permits are already in place. We just need to force them to start issuing permits which is our right.
I believe the HRA has been in contact with the National Rifle Association (NRA) and has asked for their help. The NRA has the lawyers, resources and money to fight our state and local governments and force them to start enforcing the existing laws and start issuing permits to law abiding, responsible and appropriately trained citizens. I believe the NRA has told the HRA that they need to see a certain amount of permit applications and denials before they can help. Which is why the HRA is asking for all of us to apply for a permit. I believe in the next few years you will see the NRA come in and help support our Second Amendment Rights and take the State of Hawaii to court.
I believe in the Second Amendment. I believe that the Second Amendment protects all of our other constitutional rights. For those of us who have property in Ka’u and live in Ka’u, most of us own guns and we use guns in our daily lives. Even if it only means keeping a gun by our beds to protect our family, property and pets/animals. Some carry firearms on their property. But when we go into town to have a nice meal with our family or to go shopping we also have the right to carry a firearm for self defense. With all of the problems with ICE, public intoxication and all other criminals on this island we deserve to exercise our right to defend ourselves and our family. Especially considering the time it takes for the police to respond is 2 to 3 times longer than the actual time it takes for a perpetrator to commit their crime, we need to be able to defend ourselves when necessary.
Don’t get me wrong, I am not trying to advocate that we allow a bunch of untrained citizens carry guns around town. What I feel is necessary is that we just enforce the laws we already have on the books. The State of Hawaii has already put forth the requirements that is takes to receive a Concealed Carry Permit. The laws already set forth require that every citizen who applies for a Concealed Carry Permit has a certain level of gun safety training and a thorough background check. If we don’t have the ability to defend our rights as U.S. citizens we could lose our freedoms. This includes our future generation’s freedom. If we don’t have the ability to defend ourselves we could lose our lives. And if we are not able to defend ourselves we cannot defend our families.
The FBI publishes crime statistics every year. And in every state where citizens are allowed to carry concealed weapons for self defense, gun related crime has gone down significantly. Therefore it has been proven that citizens carrying guns for self defense also is a deterrent to gun related crimes. It is also interesting to note that in Washington D.C and Chicago where gun laws are the strongest and guns are banned, gun related crime was at an all time high. It will be interesting to see the crime statistics in these places in the next few years as the citizens begin to carry guns for self defense and re-arm themselves.
Let’s all support the HRA and apply for a Concealed Carry Permit.
I welcome your comments and opinions.