Cam Edwards: In Defense of the 2nd Amendment, a Human Right
Report by Betty Sakai
Originally from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Cam Edwards grew up in a gun-free household (his mother was a Kennedy Democrat). His father persuaded him to buy his first firearm for protection when he was in his mid-20s. Today he has “less than 42” firearms, hosts the “Cam and Company” radio show at NRA News, and lives with his family on a 40-acre farm in Farmville, Virginia.
Cam met his wife of 19 years on the internet: “The best decision I ever made”. She lived and worked in Camden, New Jersey. During one late night phone conversation, he heard gunfire in the background and then the line went dead. Panicked, he later found out she was safe. It was late and she had fallen asleep. She told him gun-fire was normal…“I live in Camden.”
A calm and steady voice in defense of the 2nd Amendment, Cam Edwards admitted to not carrying a concealed weapon in California due to California not recognizing concealed carry permits issued by other states, and non-residents generally not being permitted a California concealed carry permit. Gun laws in California, he admonished, are some of the most restrictive in the United States. Unlike other states, California has no provision in its state constitution that guarantees an individual the right to keep and bear arms. Although the California Supreme Court has maintained that California’s restrictive gun laws are constitutional based on the fact that the state’s constitution does not give private citizens the right to purchase, possess, or carry firearms, the U.S. Supreme Court in Heller (2008) and McDonald (2010) has established that the 2nd Amendment applies to all states within the Union. Many of California’s gun laws are being challenged in the federal courts.
Laws that control and restrict guns and ammunition are an attempt by politicians to tell voters they are doing something. The intent is to limit the supplies but crime is not being reduced. Gun laws control only the law-abiding, leaving them vulnerable – and more vulnerable if they live in a “gun-free” zone. Gun laws (passed by elites who employ armed personal security) take the power to defend oneself away from the individual (who cannot afford to hire armed security) by making it difficult if not impossible to own a firearm for protection. Edwards said, “Those who prey on others will always find ways around gun laws.”
The fact is, a majority of law-abiding citizens did not learn in school about their right to keep and bear arms -- a right not determined by a zip code. The core purpose of the 2nd Amendment is to allow citizens the human right to defend themselves. Restrictive gun laws are having little impact on the problem. Progressives [aka: globalists] want more gun control laws but when gun laws are enforced, men of color and Hispanics are affected more.
In California, citizens’ rights are being infringed. The anti-gun movement is trying with all their money to rebrand themselves as not being anti-gun as they work to dominate and control by eliminating everyone’s right to own a gun. In Richmond, California, criminals are being sent to rehab but their guns are not being taken away because of privilege while legal gun owners continue to be saddled with anti-gun laws. Failure will continue as long as law-abiding citizens and their guns continue to be targeted for blame. Police officers are being told to do more with less. We must fix the criminal justice system and address the problems causing gun violence.
Cam Edwards cited the work of David M. Kennedy working in a community in Los Angeles. In 1985 Kennedy visited Nickerson Gardens, a public housing complex in south-central Los Angeles that was crack cocaine and heroin infested -- one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in America. A self-taught criminologist, David Kennedy wrote a book entitled: Don’t Shoot, One Man, A Street Fellowship, The End of Violence. He devoted his career to reducing gang and drug-related inner-city violence. What he found was that there are plenty of law-abiding residents in neighborhoods overtaken by drugs. Bringing gang members into meetings with people they respect can make a difference. But drugs are a cash crop and the Mexican drug cartels are pulling up marijuana to plant poppies even as thousands of Americans are dying of drug overdoses.
Cam asked his audience if anyone had ever heard of the America Olympian Kim Rhode. Because our media is controlled by anti-gun adherents, this six-time Olympic Medalist has been made obscure by newscasters and newspapers. Born in Whittier, California, now at age 37, Kimberly “Kim” Susan Rhode is an American double trap and skeet shooter. She has won six medals in the Olympics, including three gold medals. She is a six-time national champion in double-trap.
In the Q & A Session, Cam discussed the need for citizens to back the efforts of the National Rifleman’s Association (NRA). Encourage membership. The NRA needs member residents to show up at city council meetings. Ask city council members why another gun law is going to be better than enforcing the laws already on the books? Ask, “How will these laws be enforced?” Who will they affect? A felon does not care about committing a misdemeanor. He asked his audience to consider, “How did we get to where we are?”
The Second Amendment in the U.S. Constitution states: “A well regulated* Militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” [*this reporter notes that regulation at the time was provided by a community commonly embracing Christian morals of what is right and what is wrong].
Cam Edwards emphasized that gun laws do not make gun violence go away. Chicago has tremendous violence. There are no gun stores and no firing ranges in Chicago. The Mayor of New York, our President, Senators, Governor Brown, and celebrities can afford to hire armed security. The average citizen cannot.
The Forum thanked Cam Edwards with standing applause. He had provided much information.
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