An 11-year-old girl demonstrated her Second Amendment rights by bringing an AR-15 to a gun legislation hearing in Idaho. The hearing was to allow visitors capable of legally possessing a gun to carry a firearm in urban areas. Bailey Nielsen was in the company of her grandfather, who was testifying in support of the legislation.
According to her grandfather, Nielsen has been shooting since she was five years old. She has been carrying her firearm responsibly and is very experienced in shooting. Nielsen bagged her first deer when she was nine years old. "We live in fear in a society that is fed fear on a daily basis," Charles Nielsen, her grandfather, told the lawmakers.
"When they come to Idaho, they should be able to carry concealed, because they carry responsibly," he said. "They're law-abiding citizens. It's the criminal we have to worry about."
Rep. Christy Zito, A Republican representative, said that allowing visitors to bear firearms in the urban areas would extend the Second Amendment rights to all legal USA citizens and armed service members. She also recounted how she used a gun in self-defense after two criminals approached her in a vehicle with her daughter on board.
"Even though I didn't have to pull the trigger, just the fact that they could see it, and they knew that I had it, was the determining factor," Rep. Zito said.
Idaho already allows a permitless carry within the city for residents aged 18 years and above. The law has come under fire from Democrats who want to change it, claiming that it could lead to shootings. The fact that the girl could carry a firearm and nobody was hurt is proof that firearms, on their own, do not hurt people.
Meanwhile, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is pushing universal background checks in our state, and if left unchecked, it will not be long until we see bills like this getting traction in Austin. Texas is embarrassingly ranked 29th for gun rights, and with the help of the political elites in Austin, we will surely rank among New York, California, and Illinois if left to their own devices. Please join our fight today, and help us restore Texas' place as the standard for the U.S.
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