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Lawmakers Push Bill to Make Gun Owners a ‘Protected Class’

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Gun rights were a crucial part of the 2016 election. When Hillary Clinton was dominating the polls, many felt a reactionary need to prepare for the worst. Once Trump was elected, gun owners and proponents of the Second Amendment breathed a collective sigh of relief, but the fight is far from over. And Pennsylvania is now ramping up the debate again.

Republican representatives, and one lone Democrat, are spearheading a campaign to make gun owners a “protected class.”

The move would protect gun owners from discrimination by officially making gun rights part of the Pennsylvania Human Rights Act (PHRA).

Breitbart is reporting that the move would radically change the way gun owners are treated. “According to the Pennsylvania Record, the legislation–House Bill 38–’is currently in committee,’ but would protect gun-owning employees from employers who want to ban firearms on workplace property. For example, HB 38 would bar such employers from preventing gun owners from keeping firearms in their cars that could be retrieved for self-defense.”

Of course there is adamant opposition to the move. Breitbart spoke with CeaseFirePA’s Shira Goodman. “The Second Amendment right is not overly burdened here,” she said, “and so why (gun carriers) need to be in a protected class is just a little bit mind-boggling.” Note the use of the adjective “overly.” Supporters of the measure feel like the Second Amendment shouldn’t be burdened at all.

“It’s very easy to get a gun here,” Goodman says. “We’re an open-carry state, except for Philadelphia. It’s not very hard to get a concealed carry license. We don’t have waiting periods. We don’t have registration and license.”

Goodman went on to talk about just how far the state should go with restrictions. In fact, she argued that employers should be allowed to discriminate against gun owners becasue those owning guns are far more likely to engage in “workplace violence.”

Goodman see nothing wrong with an employer asking an employee about their position on the Second Amendment, and then making a hiring decision based on the answer. And yet gun rights aren’t “overly burdened.”

People with cars are far more likely to drive under the influence, too. And people who drink are much more likely to get drunk. And people…. Wait a minute. Goodman’s logic has exposed a pattern. Perhaps it isn’t the guns that are the problem, but the people.