The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

1 August 2005

By coincidence, I just filled up at Shell

The National Rifle Association has called for a national boycott of ConocoPhillips retailers, and will support it with a media campaign.

NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre announced the boycott in Idabel, Oklahoma today, at a rally for a dozen Weyerhaeuser workers who were sacked last year for having firearms in their vehicles in the paper mill's parking lot. The Oklahoma Legislature quickly passed a measure to prevent employers from firing workers for this reason; major state employers, backed by the State Chamber of Commerce, sued to block implementation of the measure, prompting the Legislature to pass a second bill which would protect employers from civil liability should firearms be stolen from their owners on the premises. With Whirlpool Corporation having withdrawn from the lawsuit, the largest firm remaining in the litigation is ConocoPhillips.

Which leads to the most obvious question: Does an individual's Second Amendment right trump an individual or corporation's right to determine what can and cannot be brought onto private property? In view of the Supreme Court's decision that "private" property really isn't, I'm left with the Second Amendment, which remains in effect.

(Disclosure: Your humble scribe is an NRA member; the organization did not request that I comment on this issue.)

Addendum, 11:30 am, 4 August: The Mad Okie sees it differently:

I am a proud NRA member, but the minute the gov't starts telling a private property owner what they can and can't do with their own property (within reason, specifically concerning zoning), my feathers start to get a little ruffled.

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Posted by: hank at 9:39 PM on 1 August 2005

Uhm, what what, Hank?

Posted by: Mel at 10:11 PM on 1 August 2005

funny thing, i've found, from first hand experience, that private property rights always trumped first amendment rights....

but then again, expressing one's opinion has always been more dangerous than carrying a gun...

Posted by: bruce at 2:11 AM on 2 August 2005

Which is why there's an Amendment for each, I suggest.

The kicker might be in the wording. The First states, "Congress shall make no law," which limits the limitations, if you will, to the government. The Second merely says "shall not be infringed," with no qualifications.

Posted by: CGHill at 6:23 AM on 2 August 2005

For some reason this entry brought to mind my favorite gun rights bumper sticker: "Keep Honking I'm Reloading" ...

Sorry ... it's like that damned Willy Wonka song ... just can't get it outta my head.


Posted by: Ron at 12:00 PM on 2 August 2005