Danny De Gracia: Trust The People Of Hawaii To Carry Guns Responsibly

Danny De Gracia: Trust The People Of Hawaii To Carry Guns Responsibly

Danny de Gracia is a resident of Waipahu, a political scientist and an ordained minister. Opinions are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect Civil Beat’s views. You can reach him by email at dgracia@civilbeat.org or follow him on Twitter at @ddg2cb . In Hawaii, our policymakers seem to perpetually struggle with understanding the difference between rights and privileges. The Bill of Rights in our U.S. Constitution, as well as the similarly worded bill of rights in our state constitution, enumerate the freedoms guaranteed to citizens and limit the power of government. Thomas Jefferson famously said that “a free people claim their rights as derived from the laws of nature, and not as the gift of their chief magistrate.” From this, we understand that if what we do or what we want to do requires the permission of someone else, it is not a right, but a privilege that can be revoked. I don’t know if this is a result of Hawaii’s many years as an agricultural plantation, but our local leaders historically treat our individual rights as if they were privileges. We are regarded as children by nanny state regulators who have a “You bad boy! Go stand in the corner and be silent until I say you can move or talk” attitude to everything. Don’t believe me? At the State Capitol, every session is an outrage fest over how many things in the world are unregulated, unlicensed, or untaxed. “There are so many legal loopholes,” we […]

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