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Monday, July 11, 2011

It's Not About Guns - Philly Burbs

The Right to Keep and Bear Arms. What does that mean? Why is it important?
“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.” “Militia” refers to “all able bodied men”. “People” as it also appears everywhere else in the Constitution refers to “us”. And “shall not be infringed” means “shall not be infringed”.
We all want the same thing; that is, safety and our continued way of life. There are three types of controllers:
1. Those who are misinformed who think that they’re doing the right thing.
2. Those who project their own fears of what they would do with a firearm if they had one. And
3. Politicians who use gun-control to scare people into voting a certain way.
So where did this all start? After all, a few decades ago we could all buy a handgun from the Sears catalog and see an episode of “Leave it to Beaver” with Beaver handling firearms with his girlfriend’s father. Modern day gun-control began with the assassinations and inner city riots of the 1960’s. Clearly, these incidents had absolutely nothing to do with the law-abiding gun owner, but those concerned with politics over fact and logic immediately set out to take firearms away from those who didn’t do it (as an easy measure to cover up their own failed policies).
Continued efforts to undermine the Second Amendment threaten the core concept of liberty. The Right to Keep and Bear Arms isn’t about guns – it’s about our inalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Millions of Americans see the right to protect themselves and their families as their single most important civil right (whether they exercise that right or not).
Additionally (and ultimately), the Second Amendment keeps hostile foreign forces foreign and keeps our government from becoming hostile.
Our Founding Fathers understood this when they drafted The Constitution. Every article and Amendment is crucial. Our Founders conducted a grand experiment to create the most fertile environment possible for the human spirit to flourish. They suggested that we were all born with certain inalienable rights and the Second Amendment is their ultimate safeguard.
The Constitution doesn’t give us these rights. We already have them. The Constitution just ensures that our federal government can’t take them away. There was significant opposition to The Constitution over 200 years ago as probably the same ratio of people then as today were afraid of the personal responsibility that freedom requires.
What would happen if our Constitution does erode?
The 1920’s German economy was in ruins and several political parties were jockeying for position. Germany began with gun registration in 1928 as one of the “for the good of the people” measures. Hitler then followed up with total gun confiscation as a prelude to the Holocaust. 21 million non-combatants were killed as a result. Despite having one of the most powerful armies in the world, the Nazis still feared the civilian ownership of firearms along with their profound disdain for people who think for themselves. The Holocaust would not have happened were it not for gun-control and all the while, many victims said, “This can’t happen here. We’re Germans first.”.
Hitler’s experiment was to eliminate the human spirit in favor of total obedience while our Founding Fathers’ experiment was to unleash the full potential of the human spirit. The results speak for themselves. It’s important to note that similar evil exists today in many parts of the world and that those oppressed are essentially no different than you or I. You will see the same exact human spirit in them that you see when you look in the mirror.
Many would argue that our rights come from God. Jewish law says that “If someone comes to kill you, arise quickly and kill him.” Roman Catholic doctrine says that “Someone who defends his life is not guilty of murder even if he is forced to deal his aggressor a lethal blow.” And Protestant doctrine says that an “Individual has personal and unalienable right to self defense, even against government.”.
People are inherently good. That given the choice between good and evil, most will choose good. Unfortunately, sometimes bad things happen to good people in a free society. It gets much worse, though, as freedoms disappear.
Gun-control laws ignore intent in that they are aimed at those who haven’t done anything morally wrong. Such laws proclaim the moral content of one’s actions to be irrelevant. This suggests that character isn’t all that important, that understanding the difference between right and wrong doesn’t matter and that it’s more important to follow orders than to act responsibly and ethically.
A state that deprives its law-abiding citizens with the means of self defense is itself a barbaric accomplice to violent crime. A government that does not trust its citizens with the right to keep and bear arms is itself not worthy of trust. And no government possesses moral judgment that is superior to that of the people.
The fact is that our freedom is not dependent on how criminals behave. Guns contain no independent power to cause results apart from our decisions, character and purpose. As a matter of fact, 10 out of 10 criminals favor gun-control because restricting our 2nd Amendment rights gives them greater predatory confidence.
Gun-control laws are only honored by the law-abiding. Such laws feed the black market and have a direct effect on an increase in crime. Law-abiding citizens tend to remain so even after they’re armed, but I think we can all agree to punish those who commit crimes and not those who obey the law.
People’s views on guns usually indicate their views on personal freedom. The armed citizen is the ultimate right of a free people and no one who looks to government to solve their problems can call themselves free. Fact and logic would indicate that disarming the law-abiding does not create a safe society.
So, yes, the Second Amendment is as relevant today as it was over 200 years ago, if not more so. The Second Amendment isn’t only personal security; it’s also Homeland Security.
It’s my opinion that a raped and strangled woman isn’t necessarily morally superior to a woman with a smoking gun in her hand and a dead rapist at her feet. I understand that firearm ownership is a threat to a utopian illusion that doesn’t exist, but I don’t understand why the “civilized elite” distrusts citizens more than they fear murderers. It does make sense, though, that the 2nd Amendment is a threat to those with oppressive beliefs.
America was founded on the principles of personal responsibility, accountability and self reliance and hasn’t remained free because of delusional activists who view themselves as special people who know what’s best for everyone else.
Giving up the right to arms is a mistake that a free people get to make only once.