Pennsylvanians Rally For RKBA


Winchester 73
April 10, 2008, 02:00 PM

Second Amendment Rally Held At Capitol
By: Joe Murray, The Bulletin

Harrisburg - A number of Pennsylvania state lawmakers from both parties, as well as a number of key figures in the gun control debate, rallied in Harrisburg yesterday for the third annual Right to Keep and Bear Arms Rally. The rally came on the heels of an unsuccessful attempt by the Pennsylvania House to pass a measure criminalizing the failure to report a lost handgun within 72 hours

"As citizens of the commonwealth of Pennsylvania, we do not need the U.S. Supreme Court, the United Nations or even the governor to reaffirm our God-given rights to defend our lives, loved ones and property," State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler), the host of the rally, told hundreds of onlookers at the rally in the Capitol Rotunda. A bill sponsored by Mr. Metcalfe providing victims of domestic abuse an emergency license to carry a firearm was approved by the House last Tuesday.

On Sept. 28, 1776, Pennsylvania ratified Article 1, Section 21 of the state's Constitution, which reads, "The right of citizens to bear arms in defense of themselves and the state shall not be questioned." Thus, the Keystone State was the first of the former colonies to enact specific language protecting a citizen's right to bear arms.

The debate over gun control reached a boiling point last week as House lawmakers attempted to pass a bill requiring gun owner report lost or stolen handguns within 72 hours or face criminal charges. The bill, which was defeated by a 75-128 vote, would have deemed a first offense to be a summary offense, a second offense a misdemeanor and a third offense a felony.

"You cannot defend your life if you give up the means of that defense," stated Alan Keyes, a former U.N. Ambassador and former GOP presidential candidate. "If it is your right to stand in defense of your family and your home than you have the right and means to enable you to fulfill that obligation."

Mr. Keyes asserted the right to kept arms is an essential component of the people's right "to govern themselves" and argued citizens "can't delegate to government the responsibility for defense of our lives" in an age defined by terrorism.

Additional outdoorsman and gun groups joined in the rally.

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April 10, 2008, 05:11 PM
"The right of citizens to bear arms in defense of themselves and the state shall not be questioned."

Now THAT sounds like the way I wish our Federal Consititution was written. No more darn questions or arguing, just clear as day in plain english.

I hear western Penn is a bit like western Washington. I definately need to check it out. Anyone know about the cost of living/property values there?

(not meant to sidetrack, just meant to illustrate my admiration for the state's obvious respect for the 2nd)

Winchester 73
April 10, 2008, 07:10 PM
Here is some cost of living info in Western PA,MrPeter.It looks refreshing:

April 10, 2008, 08:00 PM
Just one of the reasons why I'm considering moving back.

Coyote Blue
April 11, 2008, 03:29 PM
Now,Philadelhia's City Council has just passed 5 gun control laws which are contrary to PA state law.
That's why these RKBA rallying lawmakers are so important to our cause.
They will bury Philly's law breaking new regulations in short order.

April 11, 2008, 04:43 PM
That is why I love this state:

RKBA is so mainstream that it's perfectly safe for a politician to make a public appearance at an RKBA rally.

April 17, 2008, 03:25 PM
Bless Pennsylvania and it's common sense gun laws and strong pro RKBA stand. We here in New York can only look on with envy. It's amazing that the state's of PA and NJ can be right next to each other, and so amazingly opposite.

April 18, 2008, 01:37 PM
Thanks Winchester, I will definately be stopping by there on my "get to know the USA" roadtrip.

April 18, 2008, 01:42 PM
It truely is a beacon of hope for the rest of the surrounding states. I was born and raised in NY and am leaving Queens in a few months for Pennsylvania. I am very proud that when me and my soon to be were deciding where to move we both agreed that our 2nd ammendment rights were a big part of our choice. That is why NY, New Jersey and others were out. The natural beauty and prices were the decider over Conneticut, well that and a real homeland defense rifle.:D

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