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 With Whirlpool Corporation having withdrawn from the lawsuit, the largest firm remaining in the litigation is ConocoPhillips.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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