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January 11th, 2008
I am going to be brief on this post and just tell you how I feel and what I think about it along with what the Constitution and its authors actually said.
First you have to understand what the “Bill of Rights” is all about. Many of the authors of the Constitution did not want a “Bill of Rights” as they were afraid any right not included might be infringed upon. Believing that such a list could become justification for future restriction upon right. As in “it isn’t in the Constitution so it isn’t protected”. You see you and I are not granted rights by the Constitution, no it simply protects what is seen as a “God given right” to all humans including those around the world, not just Americans. Such is the nature of being a “shining light on the hill”.
In other words our founders believed all men had the right to arms and did not grant anything, they only sought to preserve that right from tyranny. Next I am tired of the crap about how the 2nd Amendment applies to the “national guard” or other such nonsense. While the “militia” is mentioned in the Amendment the “right” is bestowed upon “the people”. No one doubts what the clear words of “the people” means in the other amendments so why would we doubt it as it is used yet again in the second Amendment.
Further one of the very authors of the Constitution, George Mason stated, “”I ask, sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people, except for a few public officials.” Yes the only people the founders did not see as protected by this amendment were “a few public officials” in other words the government is excluded in favor of “the people”. Understand in this Republic we are not “granted rights” or even “granted privilege” by the government, we grant privilege and power to the government at will and at will we are empowered to remove it. Sound like “revolutionary language”, hell it should the authors were all revolutionaries and considered traitors by the British because they sought and were willing to die for liberty.
My point is you and every other American has an absolute right to keep and bare arms and more I believe the founders saw it as a civic duty to do so. Think about how you were told in school you should vote simply because you are fortunate to have that right protected and due to that fact you should vote in order to protect that right. Well, how is gun ownership different? If you don’t own a gun the thought of someone taking guns away may not bother you. Go buy one, get trained on it, be safe and understand the empowerment of not waiting 10-30 minutes while your home is being invaded and the lives of your loved ones is in jeopardy. Do that and then think about a law taking that gun away from you. It will change the equation.
So do I think everyone should be able to own a gun? Not exactly I think that anyone who has not taken an action to warrant giving up that right should retain it. Just like jail, you have a right to freedom, steal from someone, violate their right and you loose your right and go to jail. So prohibiting felons, the criminally insane and clearly nuts individuals from getting guns makes sense. Anyone else should be permitted to quickly establish their identity and buy any gun of their choosing.
I also believe it is your civic duty as a healthy adult American to own a gun of some type. If you have no experience first take a course and learn safety and proper use. Then spend time once in a while at the range and know how to use your gun effectively. The more of us that do that, the harder to take away our right it will be for our government. Further let me ask you what would happen to our crime rates if say 80% of home owners had guns, knew how to use them and were willing to do so?
I am a big believer in concealed carry too but that is another post. So what does this all have to do with building wealth, cutting costs, etc. It has everything to do with it. Proper planning involves “protecting your assets” and let me ask what greater assets you have then,
- Your Home
- Your Family
- Your Health
- Your Possessions
It is a sad state that there are vermin that will take these things away from good people but there are many such scum in our world. In your home a gun in the hand of a properly trained adult can protect those things. Either that or dial 911 and wait! That option isn’t good enough for me, I worked hard for what we have, I love my wife, I love my son and anyone that threatens them by entering my home unwanted has a very good chance of leaving in a horizontal position. I make no apologies for that and neither should you.
I just thought it was a good time to point some of these things out. I am amazed how many people think we are “granted rights by our constitution” or by the government. No one is “granted” a right, a right by its’ very nature is inherited and should not ever be taken away from any man unless he violates the rights of others.
Just remember the law that a right left unused is often lost doesn’t just apply to voting.Filed under Politics | Comment (1)