Rose: What if voting worked like the right to bear arms?


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I was standing in line again at a busy gun sales counter, watching store associates operating at a feverish pace to first check and verify, then to re-check and verify, a host of both paper and digital forms and information before completing a transaction. I was there to pick up my latest purchase, a full week and a half after paying for it. It seems that for some outlets this year, Election Day didn’t count towards Alachua County’s horrendous 5-business-day waiting period. 

Mildly annoyed at this point, I thought about the insanity of it all. Forcing someone who had just passed a federal background check–in itself a delay of hours in times of peak sales–to undergo more hoops and hurdles, waiting on the government like free-range tax cattle for the mere privilege of purchasing a new firearm. 

As I observed patiently, taking in all the hum and buzz around me and the growing line behind me, I had to marvel at the entire process. “Thank goodness for the 2nd Amendment,” I remarked to a colleague. “If we didn’t have that, there’s no telling what types of infringements and delays they would come up with.”

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My friend nodded, a knowing smile on his face. Then, overhearing more conversations about the election, I let my thoughts drift into a comparison of sorts… what if voting was regulated like the right to bear arms?

First, voting rights would be denied for anyone under the age of 21.

Registering to vote would then require signing up, scheduling, and paying for a training course. This course would attempt to educate you on the potential dangers of voting. It would try to inform you about when and where you could and could not vote. It would seek to ensure you knew how to cast your ballot. 

Once you completed the course, you would receive a certificate, which you would take down to the Supervisor of Elections office. This might also require scheduling an appointment. Once there, you would need to prove your identity, have your fingerprints taken, and fill out a form answering a series of questions to make sure you were indeed eligible to become a voter. You would pay a fee for all this as well. 

After that, your prints and the form you filled out would be sent to the Florida Division of Elections headquarters in Tallahassee, where officials would compare your answers and your information to State records. Any discrepancies would result in major delays and would likely require you to begin the process over again, including another round of payments. 

If everything matched properly according to their rules, it might take three additional months for you to receive your voter registration card, with your picture on the front, in the mail. It’s very important for you to know that you must have this card in your possession every time you go to vote. If you try to vote without your card – big trouble. More fines and fees, and you may even lose your right to vote in the future. 

Once you get your card, you can only vote in designated voting areas, which could change with each term of the legislature. It’s up to you to keep up with any and all new rules and their effective dates. 

With limited exceptions, you must conceal your vote in public. No exposure, no showing other people that you were voting. Violations of this might land you in jail and/or cause you to lose your right to vote. While on the way to go vote – which would always be in-person – if you got stopped by a policeman, you must show him your voter card. Failure to do so could mean losing your right to vote. 

There could come a time when you don’t plan to or even want to vote in an election–maybe you feel unprepared to do so–but you would feel that you were forced to do so out of fear for your safety or the safety of others. This could result in a criminal investigation, possibly even a trial; you could be subject to multiple court appearances and costs where you would need to prove that you actually had no other option but to vote. 

You would also need to renew your voter registration card every few years, and you would pay a fee here, too. Failure to renew means losing your right to vote. 

In order to remain eligible to vote, you must not engage in any serious violations of federal, state, and/or local ordinances and laws. At any time, authorities might initiate an inquiry into you, to verify whether you remain an upstanding citizen.

At any time, day or night, friends, relatives, or a complete stranger on the internet could file a list of accusations against you, which would temporarily render you ineligible to vote. Authorities could break into your home or business, without any warning and at any hour they choose, to seize your voter registration card. If you resist: no more voting, ever. If you want your card back, you would need to pay for and undergo a mental health evaluation, proving your competence to vote. You would also need to hire a lawyer for your defense against the charges levied, no matter how frivolous. You might not ever get to see who originally accused you. 

Finally, in almost every election season, you would need to go on the defensive about protecting your right to vote. You would need to campaign, beg, and plead with your peers – sometimes with people who lived thousands of miles away – that voting was indeed your right and a valuable function of a secure society. 

Now, doesn’t this all sound a bit extreme? Does this not seem like a vast infringement on your rights? Why, then, would anyone use their vote to retain in power the very people who make these types of laws? 

This past week, I had a chance encounter with Representative Chuck Clemons. I took the opportunity to ask him if the new legislative session might take a look at repealing the harmful sections of SB7026, the Marjorie Stoneman Douglas Public Safety Act. Passed with overwhelming Republican support in 2018, including Clemons’ own vote, this bill implemented into law many of these aforementioned examples.

His response to me was the same as it has been for the last couple years: “Sure, maybe we can work on it.” 

Now that the elections are over and people will be settling into what I perceive to be a transition back to regularly scheduled programming, I meanwhile intend to hold him and others with jobs in Tallahassee accountable to do just that: work on it. I do hope you will join me in continuing to write, engage, and otherwise communicate with Rep. Clemons and your representatives to assist in this ongoing project.

Martin Luther King Jr. once famously stated, “A right delayed is a right denied.”

It’s time we the people refuse to further accept any delays or intrusive infringement upon this our most basic human right: the right of self-defense. 

Chris Rose II is an elected member of the Libertarian Party of Florida Rules Committee

  • In the Biden Regime, we all who have purchased guns under the current registration requirements will be taxed for ownership. In addition, they will require that all guns owned be registered or one could be prosecuted as a federal crime.

    This is why we must retain the senate as Republican. Based on the votes cast in Georgia, the advantage is on this side based on the way Georgia allows voting. I suggest that you look at the latest votes cast in the two senate races. Perdue could obtain the votes cast for the Libertarian candidate and Loeffler could gain support from the other republicans that voted against her. If the vote comes in as those votes counted in the general election, then both can squeeze out wins.

    We only need one, but both provide a cushion. And we know that we need to help Georgia by sharing the consequences. And we know that we have an advantage now in Florida to buy from Gun Shows.

    Let’s remember the reason for the 2nd Amendment; protect ourselves from both external enemies as well as from those who would deny our constitutional rights.

    And we have rights to ensure that our votes have been counted properly to protect our rights.

  • The sky is falling, wear your Tinfoil Hat at all times, and watch out for black helicopters.

    • Make sure you keep wearing that mask that will protect everyone from everyone else. All the while the greatest population of disobedience is from college aged kids. That’s a reflection on their character and the parenting…lack of, they received growing up.
      University of Florida continues to excel – 2nd greatest student population testing positive for the Corona Virus in the United States.

  • The writer’s main complaint sees to be too much government paperwork. The Second Amendment says a “well regulated militia” and this government paperwork is in keeping with the “well regulated” part.

    • Nonsense. “Well-regulated” meant “operating correctly” in 1791, and for purposes of the 2nd amendment of that same period, that’s what it means today. As to the connection between “militia” and “arms”, SCOTUS has already opined that there is no such connection. That is: the prefatory clause was an excuse, not a justification.

      “Give me ONE reason why they have to have a right to keep…”
      “Well… you can’t have a well-regulated militia without it. So there!”

      The founders were too gentlemanly to say out loud what they were silently thinking: Without the RKBA, how could we EVER overthrow the government by force (as specified in the Declaration of Independence)?

    • O.W. Dumb@r$e,
      Once again you are reading or having someone else read to you from your political biased glasses. I think the author is suggesting that if we applied the rules of voting to the rules for obtaining a firearm there would be far less idiots…such as yourself, allowed to vote. All it would take is for someone to make an anonymous call questioning your ability to make a sound choice of a candidate to represent you in the electoral process. You would then have to defend your Constitutional right to be allowed to do so.
      On the flip side. Perhaps it would be a means of ensuring that only LEGAL residents in this country are permitted to exercise their right to vote. If you are able to go through the requirements, finger printing, questioning, providing proper residential documentation and then a background check – only then would you be permitted to vote. Upon completing those requirements, you would then have to verify the integrity of the vetting process prior to submitting your vote for the candidate of your choosing at the Supervisor of Elections office.

      Maybe not such a bad idea. We put such emphasis on firearm sales shouldn’t we put forth half that effort into the people who not only are elected officials but also to the people who elected them? Add that to the list of items to do…along with term limits, compensation, etc.

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