“Does the Constitution still Matter?”
That was the question we asked Rutgers students walking by the steps of the Brower Cafeteria on College Ave that Wednesday morning. Very few of them were aware that Constitution Day was the day before, but most seemed to agree that the founding document was still relevant the day after its own holiday Day, like Love is the morning after Valentines Day. Because people were on their way to class, though many hurried by some stopped to talk to us with the free time they had, and a good number discovered that even though they never heard the term, that they were libertarians.
After tabling we still had more than 30 Constitutions left over, and we didn’t want them to go to waste. The next week we planned on tabling again, but a more interesting development occurred in New Brunswick, in light of the recent tragedy in the D.C. Naval Yard the NJ government was holding a Gun Buyback that Saturday at Sacred Heart Parish in New Brunswick. Our chapter felt we needed to counter the demonization of firearms by both the media and our nations legislators, what better way to promote the Constitution then to tell people about the importance of the Second Amendment?
We gathered at noon in front of the Parish parking lot with a bag of our remaining Constitutions and some signs we made. In conducting some research of the state program we discovered a major flaw, that would later be confirmed by some of the officers we talked to: Gun buybacks don’t conduct background checks. All the firearms are turned in, no questions asked. Many of these firearms could be key pieces of evidence for crimes, or they could be stolen and instead of being rightfully returned to their owners they are instead thrown into an oil drum to be destroyed. Tax funded gun buybacks can be used as a means a fencing incriminating evidence.
So we stood by the parking lot for a few hours approaching people who were carrying awkwardly wrapped bundles into the church. To our surprise, nearly everyone we encountered was a supporter of the Second Amendment and knew of its value of protecting the people from tyranny. The reason why they were selling their guns at the parish was that because the program doesn’t check the quality of the weapons and gives a set amount of cash much higher than the scrap value. Gun buyback programs don’t take guns off the streets, rather they take rusty broken weapons out of closets. It’s a cash for clunkers program masquerading as a means of fighting crime.
In all our activism in those two weeks was a success, we reminded students on our campus that the Constitution was still relevant and we met many pro-constitutional people off campus that were happy to learn that young college students were standing up for Liberty.Published in