Gun Ownership Is Your Constitutional Right! The Bill of Rights, 2nd Amendment Guarantees It!
About one-half of all Americans own guns, says the NRA. One Gallup survey estimates 41% of Americans own guns. Pew Research says public support is growing for personal gun ownership with roughly 52% of Americans realizing the need to protect gun ownership and gun owner’s rights. By gender, roughly 59% of men and 41% of women favor protecting gun owner’s rights. Nevertheless, the perplexing question gnawing at the minds of rational gun owners is why do some non-gun owners and anti-gun activist groups want to outlaw American’s Constitutional Right to “keep and bear arms?”
The answer to this question is not a mystery but can be traced to one of the most debilitating emotions known to mankind—fear. The pendulum of fear swings from a mild uneasiness to a debilitating morbid fear. There are three indisputable facts we must understand about this fear: it is real, it is irrational and it is unhealthy. The illogical fear filled mind is incapable of actually processing that guns are not dangerous or violent and they do not kill people—people kill people. This is not a worn-out cliché, it is a fact—people kill people. Unfortunately, reason does not bode well within the irrational minds of those controlled by this unhealthy fear.
Among the fearful anti-gun proponents we find angry liberals with their socialist ideology exploiting the fearful minds of the hoplophobic (those with an unhealthy fear of weapons). These ideologues terrorize the hoplophobic with misinformation, terrorizing scenarios and illogical ideas that only serve to exacerbate their unhealthy paranoid minds.
The idea that law enforcement can prevent or stop gun-toting thugs from attacking and killing you is simply wrong. Anti-gun proponents refuse to understand that law enforcement cannot prevent intruders from entering your home, car, business or attacking you on a public street. In most cases the police arrive after the crime is over to make a report of your injury or death. These facts are not intended to disparage law enforcement officers, but highlight the dangerous notion that law enforcement has the ability to protect and defend every person’s life 24/7. In most cases, you have precious seconds to act and save your life and the lives of your children.
Self Protection Is Your Right And Responsibility
It is our self-evident unalienable right, endowed upon us by our Creator, to protect ourselves and families from being physically assaulted and harmed by others. Equally important, it is our responsibility and duty to stand ready and provide the best possible means of protection for ourselves and our children. To neglect this responsibility or entrust it to others is a deliberate act of irresponsibility to one’s self and children. The best and first line of safety and defense for you and your family is you.
What measures have you taken to protect yourself and your children from a home intruder, a carjacking or a street assault? Which of the following will provide you and your child the best possible chance of surviving an attack from a gun-toting criminal?
- Grab a knife?
- Call the police?
- Blow a security whistle?
- Video record your attacker?
- Spray them with mace?
- Use self-defense techniques?
- Shoot them with a gun?
- Hit them with a baseball bat?
- Scream for help?
Only a gun will protect you from a gun-toting thug that is scheming to harm you, rob you, rape you and kill you and your children. If you happen to be in the company of Mr. Glock, Mr. Colt, Mr. Taurus or one of their other relatives, there is an extremely high likelihood that you and your children will walk away a little traumatized, but alive.
In the following video, a young woman is assaulted by a gun-toting thug who is about to force her into a car to rob, rape and possibly murders her. A young medical student comes to her rescue, his only weapon a cell phone.
One day after the shooting the thug in the video, identified as Euric Cain, attacked a couple and forced them into their car where he raped the woman and forced the man to perform oral sex on him at gunpoint, according to NOPD.
If the first female victim or the gunshot med student had been armed with a concealed weapon (not a cell phone), the thug would most likely be shot dead and the second couple never robbed and raped. The video camera, the 911 cell phone call or the police could not protect these victims from their near death, life-altering assaults. Thank God the thug’s gun jammed, else the med student would have taken a bullet to the head.
It Is Your Constitutional Right, Not A Privilege To Own A Gun
There is nothing new about human violence. Since the beginning of time mankind has robbed, raped and murdered his neighbor. We must not be naive but face the fact that some people will become evil and violent. When this happens we must be adequately prepared to defend and protect ourselves and our families. We cannot live in denial, intoxicated by the wine of liberal idealism. Ours is a dangerous world where people are victimized by gun-toting criminals who will put a bullet in your head just because they can.
Our Founding Fathers framed the U. S. Constitution’s 2nd Amendment around the understanding that every American possess a God-endowed right and responsibility to protect themselves and their family when being attacked by criminals. It is absolutely ludicrous to entrust law enforcement with your family’s personal safety and protection against violent assaults. Furthermore, the 2nd Amendment prohibits our government from creating any laws that infringe upon the individual rights of gun ownership and a person’s right of self-protection using a gun.
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.
—Second Amendment, U.S. Constitution
Each State has the Right to assemble a “well regulated militia” such as Louisiana’s National Guard. This is not to be confused with “the right of the people to keep and bear arms.” Both the military and we the people have the right to bear arms.
This fundamental “right of the people to keep [own, possess] and bear arms [carry or display a gun on your person], shall not be infringed.”
According to Webster, to infringe is:
to encroach upon in a way that violates law or the rights of another; to wrongly limit or restrict (something, such as another person’s rights)
Liberal socialist have attempted to corrupt the meaning of the Bill of Rights 2nd Amendment by emphasizing the words “A well regulated militia” and perverting the words “the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.“
The 2nd Amendment is a twofold declaration of our Rights:
- MILITIA: Every State has the Right to assemble a “well regulated militia” (army) for the protection of the State. The word “militia” means a civilian army, well-trained and ready to defend their State. The term “militia” clearly implies a group of trained soldiers with weapons. A weaponless militia is not a militia and no reasonable person would ever envision an army without weapons. It is absolutely superfluous to say that the militia shall also have the right to keep a weapon and bear it because it is implicit in the term “militia.” To our Founders, the term “militia” meant a group of well-trained armed men that would protect their State. Therefore, if the 2nd Amendment only applied to the “militia” it would read:
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. (strikethrough emphasizes mine)
- THE RIGHT OF THE PEOPLE: The 27 words comprising the 2nd Amendment are succinct, but not ambiguous. “The right of the people, to keep and bear arms” does not mean the right of the
peoplemilitia to keep and bear arms. On the contrary, it means exactly what it says, “the right of the people.” Moreover, this Right of the people “shall not be infringed.” In its 2nd Amendment context, the words “shall not be infringed” means the government is prohibited from legislating ordinances, regulations or laws that encroach upon, limit or restrict the right of the people to own and carry a gun. Both clauses are independent of one another as demonstrated in the following example:
[1st clause] A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, shall not be infringed.
[2nd clause] the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.
Put the same 27 words in their 2nd Amendment context and you have the exact same meaning:
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.
—Second Amendment, U.S. Constitution
District of Columbia v. Heller
Proponents of anti-gun legislation do not care about your Constitutional Rights. They are fearful and angry because you own a gun. They believe it is their Right that you are forbidden from gun ownership because they are afraid. Their fear-filled minds have twisted the 2nd Amendment to limit gun ownership to law enforcement and the military only—excluding the general public. Using a draconian approach they legislate regulations, ordinances, and laws to effectively ban public gun ownership. Their misguided mission and ultimate goal is a gun-free America. Their deluded ideology is driven by an intense unhealthy fear of guns. When a criminal uses a gun to commit a crime the anti-gun crowd responds by attempting to legislate more laws against law-abiding citizens, instead of the criminals. They wave pictures of crime victims around the media while blaming the NRA, city lawmakers and law-abiding citizens for the victim’s injury or death. Unfortunately, anti-gun advocates fail to focus on the criminal that committed the murder, but rationalize that if there were no guns or more gun laws the victim would be alive. This is simply wrong.
If every gun in America were confiscated and only law enforcement and the military possessed guns, criminals would smuggle guns into the country and sell them to the thugs. The general public would be defenseless and incapable of protecting themselves and their children from a well-armed gun-toting thug who cares nothing about the law or human life.
Fear-filled anti-gun proponents have successfully enacted unconstitutional laws across our country that effectively restrict and prohibit gun ownership. Here is how these illegal laws played out in Washington, D.C. when the Firearms Control Regulations Act of 1975 was enacted and remained unchallenged until 2003 when Heller v. District of Columbia filed suit in the D. C.’s lower court, which was dismissed by Judge Ricardo M. Urbina.
The suit was appealed to The United States Court of Appeals for D.C. as District of Columbia v. Heller and the court found several laws unconstitutional. The suit was subsequently appealed to the U. S. Supreme Court and affirmed (5 to 4). The court struck down parts of the law as follows:
- Violates 2nd Amendment: Registered guns be re-registered every 3 years.
- Violates 2nd Amendment: A gun must be physically brought to the D.C. police headquarters in order to be examined and registered.
- Violates 2nd Amendment: Persons seeking to register a gun must pass a test about firearms laws.
- Violates 2nd Amendment: Prohibition on registering more than one handgun per month.
At the same time, the court wrongly upheld other requirements including:
- That gun owners must be fingerprinted and photographed.
- They must appear in person.
- They must pay a registration fee.
- They must submit to training requirements.
The Court ruled as follows:
In conclusion, I agree with my colleagues’ decision to uphold the District’s long-gun registration, registration fee, in-person appearance, photographing, fingerprinting and training requirements. Those parts of the majority opinion display proper deference to the District in its ongoing efforts to formulate a workable firearms policy for our Nation’s capital. I believe my colleagues too readily abandon this approach, however, with respect to the knowledge test, present-the-firearm, re-registration and one-pistol-per-thirty days requirements. Accordingly, I respectfully dissent in part.
It is clear that these misguided anti-gun proponents have infringed upon gun owners Rights and the 2nd Amendment by creating elaborate bureaucratic gun ownership regulations under the guise of “public safety.” They have effectively converted the 2nd Amendment in our Bill of Rights to a “privilege” that is regulated by fearful, misguided politicians and a liberal judiciary void of wisdom. Each one of these illegal laws must be challenged in a high court due to the fact that lower court judges almost always side with local lawmakers to avoid appearing soft on crime and being voted out of office.
Possessing a “Right” is not the same as being given a “privilege,” let me explain. When we speak of “Rights” we are referring to Rights that are inherent, permanent and unalienable. Rights endowed upon us by our Creator. Conversely, “privileges” are things that are given to you and may be taken away. One devious tenet of socialism is the conversion of our “Rights” into “privileges” by requiring elaborate registration programs and unnecessary licenses or permits for doing things that the government does not have the delegated power to exercise, except by due process.
—the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.
Please do not misunderstand what we are saying. We are not advocating that God authorized gun ownership, He did not. However, He did create us with the Right and responsibility to care for and protect our children and ourselves in the best possible way. In the event a gun-toting thug comes to visit, we have a God-given Right and responsibility to stop him with our gun. Our fundamental Constitutional Right to “keep and bear arms” must not and shall not be infringed.
The preamble to the Bill of Rights introduces its purpose by stating:
THE Conventions of a number of the States, having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government, will best ensure the beneficent ends of its institution.
On December 15, 1791, the Bill of Rights became law. The Bill of Rights is all about protecting individual Liberties and Rights by prohibiting the power of government from restricting them or taking them away. This Bill of Rights and the 2nd Amendment were specifically and deliberately drafted to protect your Right to own and carry a gun and prohibit the government from legislating that Right into a government-controlled privilege.
The first 10 amendments to the Constitution make up the Bill of Rights. Written by James Madison in response to calls from several states for greater constitutional protection for individual liberties, the Bill of Rights lists specific prohibitions on governmental power.
When a thug breaks into your home and threatens your life, it is your God-given right to defend and protect your children and family. The Bill of Rights affirms that Right by declaring in writing our Right to “keep and bear arms.” To deny the public this Right is to expose Americans to great bodily harm and loss of life. If you choose to “bear arms,” strap on a gun or conceal it on your person or carry it in your car, this is your 2nd Amendment Right.
The U. S. Constitution’s preamble explains the purpose of our government:
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
It is in the interest of public safety, “domestic Tranquility” and to “promote the general Welfare” of our citizens we create governments to enact ordinances, rules, regulations, and laws to order society and provide for our continued health, safety and welfare. However, it is not in the best interest of the public to disarm any decent law-abiding citizens or force them to pay fees or create any laws that restrict our Constitutional Right to “keep and bear arms.” There are millions of gun-toting thugs that rob, rape, and murder the innocent. Banning guns and making it difficult for law-abiding citizens to purchase, carry and conceal a gun for protection is morally wrong and illegal under the Bill of Rights.
Public safety has everything to do with wisdom and strength. As a member of the public, my highest level of safety is having a weapon at the ready to repel and stop any criminal thug out to take my life. We cannot promote public safety by operating out of a spirit of fear. If there is to be fear, let the criminal fear that Americans will not sit around waiting to become the next victim.
Please understand, criminals will always have guns. They will steal them from each other, buy them on the black market, trade drugs for guns or steal them from law enforcement or the military. Other criminals will smuggle a never-ending supply of weapons into the U.S. for illegal distribution. Criminals do not follow gun control laws. Gun-toting criminals will not register their illegal guns or apply for a concealed carry permit. The will not submit to background checks unless they are using a stolen identity which are fairly easy to acquire. Criminals that tote guns do not fear unarmed people. They will gun you down for $10 or less. Criminals only display their guns when they are squeezing off a few rounds at your body and that’s just about the time you will realize that denying law-abiding citizens their Right to “bear arms” is a huge mistake.
If law enforcement relies on guns to defend and protect, and the military uses weapons to defend and protect, and criminals use guns to defend and protect themselves while robbing, raping and murdering your children, then we must conclude that our Founding Fathers were extremely wise to draft the people’s Right to keep and bear arms without any government infringements.
It is irrational to believe that law enforcement on any level is capable of protecting you from assault in your home, or outside of your home. The best that they can do is respond to your call for help after you become a victim. Law enforcement cannot prevent assaults unless they are standing guard and with you 24/7.
If you are afraid of guns, get some counseling or training about proper gun use and safety. If you are still fearful, don’t buy a gun or own one until you overcome your unhealthy fear. Meanwhile, please stop trying to prohibit our 2nd Amendment Rights “to keep and bear arms.” Gun ownership is legal and necessary for the protection of ourselves and our families and possibly you.
DO NOT ALLOW FEAR TO LEAVE YOUR FAMILY EXPOSED TO HARM.
If you don’t want to get involved they will take away your gun soon!
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