Dispatches from gun country: ‘Gun rights are civil rights’
By Ben Philippi
Craig DeLuz, actor, writer and speaker, photographed in Sacramento, California sporting his Glock 17C in 9mm. (Photo: Ben Philippi)
Actor, writer and speaker Craig DeLuz used to think that simply believing in the Second Amendment was good enough. But then he realized he had to get involved to protect and ensure it, much like any other civil right.
Gun rights are civil rights.
I didn’t always know that. I thought I did. I believed, like so many good Americans, that when I said I believed in the Second Amendment, that was enough.
Boy was I wrong!
I was always curious about guns and believed I had a right to own one, but never took the step to actually become a gun owner. Then it happened. I finally got my baby, a Glock 17C. And with it came a whole new understanding of the gun rights movement.
You see, I didn’t just want to be a gun owner. I wanted to be an informed responsible gun owner. I wanted to understand the responsibilities that came with my decision to exercise my constitutional rights. I discovered that chief among them was the responsibility to defend those rights.
That sounded easy enough. After all, it’s right there in the Constitution, ‘the