Friday, February 11, 2011

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Second Amendment

         Amendment two of the Bill of Rights to the Constitution of the United States, the Right to Bear Arms, was ratified 12/15/1791.  “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.”

        “You will be told that the second amendment is about militias, but it is not and that is an intentional lie. It was written to protect the right of the people to defend themselves and have an armed populous to defend the country from foreign and internal threats to our liberty, I.E. the Government trying to take away our Rights. This amendment uses the word People I.E. you and I, the same as it does in every case that it is used in the Bill of Rights and Constitution, it means the common citizens. The founders were clear when they meant State I.E. Government and when they meant People. They did not give the right to the government at any level to regulate your right to self defense or to keep and bear arms; they in fact wrote that it "Shall not be infringed". It is no coincidence that the right to keep and bear arms comes right after the right to free speech. When we lose these rights and the others in the Bill of Rights will shortly follow, and we will be no longer a free people”.[1] 

          When gun control was instituted in Australia and Great Britain, the crime rates went up.  When Texas instituted their right to bear law, the crime rate went down.  When the government confiscated citizen’s guns in New Orleans after Katrina the crime rate went ballistic.  I admit that the crime rate might have gone ballistic anyway, but at least the citizens could have protected themselves. 

          Hitler, Stalin, Mao Tse-tung, Castro, Qaddafi, Idi Amin, Pol Pot and Kim Jong-il all know that when the citizens are stripped of their arms, they are easily controlled.  They know that gun control works.

          Thomas Jefferson said, “No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.” “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” “The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government,”[2]

          James Madison said, “The Constitution preserves the advantage of being armed which Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation where the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.”

          “James Madison, Jr. (March 16, 1751 – June 28, 1836) was an American politician and political philosopher who served as the fourth President of the United States (1809–1817) and is considered one of the Founding Fathers of the United States.  He was the principal author of the United States Constitution, and is often called the "Father of the Constitution". In 1788, he wrote over a third of the Federalist Papers, the most influential commentary on the Constitution. The first president to have served in the United States Congress, he was a leader in the 1st United States Congress, drafting many basic laws, and was responsible for the first ten amendments to the Constitution and thus is also known as the "Father of the Bill of Rights". As a political theorist, Madison's most distinctive belief was that the new republic needed checks and balances to protect individual rights from the tyranny of the majority.  The Bill of Rights is a series of limitations on the power of the United States federal government, protecting the natural rights of liberty and property including freedom of speech, a free press, free assembly, and free association, as well as the right to keep and bear arms.”[3]  James Madison introduced the Bill of Rights to congress.  I really think he knew what he meant when he wrote the second amendment.

          “Pens and rifles are the tools of our 1st & 2nd Amendments. It is our intent to use our 1st Amendment right to tell the story of, and stand in defense for, our constitutionally enumerated 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms.”[4]

          “The Second Amendment (Amendment II) to the United States Constitution is the part of the United States Bill of Rights that protects the right of the people to keep and bear arms. It was adopted on December 15, 1791, along with the rest of the Bill of Rights”.[5]

          “In 2008 and 2010, the Supreme Court issued two Second Amendment decisions. In District of Columbia v. Heller (2008), the Court ruled that the Second Amendment protects an individual's right to possess a firearm, unconnected to service in a militia and to use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home. Additionally, the Court enumerated several longstanding prohibitions and restrictions on firearms possession that it found were consistent with the Second Amendment. In McDonald v. Chicago (2010), the Court ruled that the Second Amendment limits State and local governments to the same extent that it limits the federal government.[6]

            “State and federal courts historically have used two models to interpret the Second Amendment: the now generally accepted individual rights model, and the "collective rights" model which holds that the right is dependent on militia membership. While having influenced a number of past court cases, the "collective rights" model has been discarded by the U.S. Supreme Court, in favor of the individual rights model.  The primary U.S. Supreme Court Second Amendment cases include Robertson v. Baldwin, (1897); United States v. Miller, (1939); District of Columbia v. Heller, (2008); and McDonald v. Chicago (2010).  In Heller and McDonald the U.S. Supreme Court supported the individual rights model, under which the Second Amendment protects the right to keep and bear arms much as the First Amendment protects the right to free speech. Under this model the militia is composed of members who supply their own arms and ammunition. This is generally recognized as the method by which U.S. militias have historically been armed.”[7]

          As a practical matter, it might be a good thing if we were all to carry firearms.  With the nuts that go on killing sprees and terrorists all around us, we might be able to save lives.  As I have stated before, my interpretation of the Second Amendment is that we have the right to keep (own and possess) and bear (carry - concealed or in plain sight) any form of weaponry that we see fit.  Since this is a federal guarantee, no state or local government has any right to restrict these rights.  No state or local government can supersede a federal guarantee.

          In Luke 11:21 we see Jesus say: When a strong man armed keeps his palace, his goods are in peace.  In the United States, Guns are used in self defense 2 million times per year – average of 5,480 times per day.  The police set the example for the size of the magazines needed by ‘we the people’ to protect ourselves.  The 9mm’s most police officers carry hold 9 to 15 rounds.  They also have assault rifles available.   Their weapons are for use on the same criminals that are breaking into your house.

          In my opinion, the government should never be allowed to ban any weapons that it might consider using against its citizens, at any time in any circumstance. This includes ships, planes, land vehicles, artillery and hand weapons. The vote is only the best weapon when the government doesn’t use weapons to prevent it.

[2] Thomas Jefferson
[3] Wikipedia
[4] Guns and Patriots website
[5] Wikipedia
[6] Wikipedia
[7] Wikipedia


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