I want to talk about the 2 nd Amendment but first I would like to thank Dean Garrison for the opportunity to share my opinions with his readers.
As far as the 2 nd Amendment is concerned, as well as all other rights enumerated by the constitution, it is essential to realize that the founding fathers and the constitution did not grant you these rights. They existed before the constitution was written and the government can’t take them away or limit the free exercise thereof. At least that is how it is supposed to work. The constitution merely serves as a vehicle to protect the enumerated rights from governmental interference, abuse or abolition. The constitution,however, is not doing a very good job protecting our rights today and there is a reason for that. I will
discuss this further in the text that follows.
With that said, most of us know what the 2 nd Amendment says: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed”. This seems perfectly clear as to its meaning. It still fascinates me that we needed nine “highly educated individuals” on the Supreme Court to interpret and explain this to us in the Heller decision. The intent of the amendment is obvious to me and the terms used therein are so common everyone knows what they mean. But does everyone know the constitution grants the government no authority or right to regulate any type of firearm or who may possess them? Research it yourself if you don’t believe me and please don’t try to pin it to the General Welfare Clause or the Interstate Commerce Clause because that is not what they are about. The government uses those two clauses as an excuse for almost everything.
The 2 nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution states that “the right of the people shall not be infringed”. Who are the people? They are the natural born and naturalized citizens of the United States of America. The constitution makes no distinction, and imposes no limitations, based on gender, criminal convictions, mental instability, whether or not you can deal with your financial affairs, your advanced age, veterans returning from combat or if you just happen to be pissed off occasionally (red flag laws). Therefore, any citizen of the U.S., who is not currently incarcerated or committed, has the right to keep and bear arms regardless of the fact that they may have a history of involuntary servitude. Bear in mind that the right to self defense is absolute and fundamental no matter who you are or what your history may entail.
So how then does the government limit or restrict your rights? Well, the Supreme Court pulled the concept of “compelling governmental interest” out of their collective ass to determine the amount of scrutiny that is required to take your rights and I assure you that particular language does not exist in the constitution. The court found that the government “may take any action that is rationally related to a legitimate exercise of its constitutionally enumerated powers”. The problem is that limiting or abolishing your rights is not one of their enumerated powers. Quite the contrary as their duty is to be a protector of those rights. But as with most things the government does it has failed.
So what happened and why doesn’t the constitution protect us from the government with their gun bans and curtailment of individual rights? The short answer: We the People allowed the government to abandon their duty to protect our rights and in its place enact draconian laws that diminish or destroy rights that are protected by the U.S. Constitution. We did not stand-up when our rights were being assaulted in the first place and we still don’t.
I’m sure most of you have heard these famous lines from German Lutheran pastor Martin Niemöller:
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“First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me”.
Truer words have never been spoken and this is exactly what is happening in America today – we did not speak out! Give the government an inch and they will take a mile. Well, we gave them an inch and look where we are today. We should have stopped them in 1934 when they passed the National Firearms Act (NFA). Hindsight – what a concept.
Now we may have to step up from the ballot box to keep our God given rights.
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