Skip to comments.Gun Ownership In America: Right, Privilege, or Curse?
Posted on 12/18/2012 8:36:32 PM PST by jxb7076
Gun control is a subject which lies dormant in the hearts, minds, and souls of the American public. Its menacing social connotation rises and set as often as the sun itself. With respect to the recent shootings of innocent children and adults at the Sandy Hill Elementary School in Connecticut, and previous gun related violence, gun control once again is a national hot topic which offers various opinions among groups who support the letter of the law regarding the Second Amendment and those who oppose the Amendment altogether.
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Double Post please remove one of them.
Having a drivers license is a privilege. Gun ownership is a right.
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A lot of people here in this country believe the idea freedom drafted 1776 is too ambitious. They want freedom from, not freedom of. Those that want freedom of should go shopping for the county that will accommodate their desire. We should be only too willing to help with their moving expense.
Good thing we didn’t have gun control laws in 1776, huh?
God given, Constitutionally acknowledged RIGHT!
Bravo, well said!
Exactly. In this day and age when whack jobs feel empowered to express themselves violently to get their ten minutes of fame... The question isn’t gun control, it is why the hell aren’t you armed to protect yourself and your loved ones? Seriously, not being prepared to defend your family is reckless to the point of almost being a negligent parent. You’ve got life insurance to provide for them if something happens to you. You drive around with seat belts, air bags etc. You put your kids in car seats, made them wear helmets on their bikes. You have homeowners insurance, smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors... Most of these things you will never use, so why do you expend resources on them? Because if you need then and don’t have them the consequences are too severe. That is why you have them, even if you’ll probably never use them. Now consider a home invasion, car jacking, violent mugging, rape, or outright murder. Pretty severe consequences, why aren’t you prepared to deal with it?
I hope the Pendulum starts swinging back to the Sanity side pretty quick, cause what is happening now is Insanity.
How about “obligation”?
Don't perpetuate this public school nonsense about driving being a privilege.
Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Driving is absolutely your liberty and your god given right.
One thing to remember in the upcoming so-called debate on gun rights.
The 2nd amendment does not grant the right to keep and bear arms, it plainly acknowledges that the right exists.
The 2nd actually prohibits infringement of that right.
Please note I did not say government infringing or federal infringement, simply infringement.
It applies to all.
While the 1st notes “congress shall not pass any law”, the same cannot be said for the 2nd.
It does not specify the federal government, state government, or any subordinate authorities, or even The People.
It simply states that a Right of the People shall not be infringed.
Infringement includes prohibition, regulation, ( not the “well regulated” in the introduction, but actual laws, rules, and policies that interfere with the practice of that right ) outright bans and other laws that might reasonably be construed as anti-weapon.
Many congressionally instituted laws ( 1934 gun tax act, ‘68 gun control act, Brady Bill, Assault weapons ban ) are by any logic, unconstitutional when looked at in the light of the 2nd amendment prohibition.
Likewise, States and municipalities like DC, New York, Chicago, etc. are also unconstitutional when considered under law.
Implied: If no one agency is specifically prohibited, All are prohibited.
Inherent: If “A well regulated militia” is one reason for protecting the People’s Right to keep and bear arms, then it stands to reason that not only Federal authority is prohibited, but State authority.
In fact, the states are required to organize a militia, composed of residents of the state and the federal government is required to properly equip them, and train them. ( This is the 1791 meaning of “well regulated” stated in the 2nd amendment. Trained and properly equipped. )
Finally, Weapons did not then and does not now only mean guns.
Knives and Swords were included as essential arms.
The argument was made that even cannon were to be considered as arms needed by the people to protect the nation. ( Militia protecting territorial waters )
The creators of the Constitution were some incredibly thoughtful people that put together one of the most advanced and forward thinking documents of the last 250 years.
The Bill of Rights was hotly debated at the time of it’s adoption, many opponents proclaiming that naming any of the People’s rights would only be a legal means of weakening and eventually eliminating those rights, or other rights not enumerated.
Others felt so strongly that the 2nd amendment was not strong enough, and amended their own State Constitutions to insure that the Right to keep and bear arms was more plainly stated.
I suppose we’re still unable to say, in the end, if they were right or wrong in their objections, but I tend to feel that those enumerated rights would be gone already if it were not for their inclusion in the Constitution.
Let’s not forget that said document also plainly speaks to the People’s Rights (and State’s Rights) and places those Rights in the hands of “the States and respectively, the People.”
Let’s not forget also, that the final authority lies in the hands of we, the People of the United States.
We elect those representatives to State government, to do our will.
Too often, those representatives ignore the wishes of the people and do as they wish, amassing personal power and wealth, and we simply allow it to happen.
The same happens locally, and even nationally.
You know it, You’ve all seen it.
The Right to Keep and Bear Arms is exactly that, a recognized Right of the People.
The 2nd amendment is designed to protect that Right by prohibiting Anyone, Federal, State, or Local, from standing in the way of that Right.
It is in the Constitution to protect our Nation, it’s People, and our way of Life.
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