Gun owners are not a “protected group” under the Constitution, according to a philosophy professor at the University of North Dakota (UND).
Jack Russell Weinstein, who is also the director of the Institute for Philosophy in Public Life at UND, claimed that people uncomfortable with open-carry gun owners should simply leave a business or restaurant where the activists are present—even if that means not paying the tab. He refuted the idea that to actively treat gun owners as if one is afraid of them is discriminatory in nature because gun owners are not “traditionally marginalized” and are not a “protected group.”
“First of all, under the Constitution, we have protected groups and traditionally marginalized people—women in this country, African-Americans in this country, gays and lesbians in this country—if you leave because they’re there and they’re no threat to you, than that’s a problem. Gun owners are not a protected group,” Weinstein said in a video. “The right to carry weapons may be, depending on where you are; the right to bear arms certainly is, but of course the right to bear arms doesn’t mean the right to bear every arm, it doesn’t mean the right to bear all the arms. It only means the rights to bear arms.”