Stop Hating the Second Amendment

Like the good statist that she is, Dianne Feinstein (D-California) won't allow a good crisis to go to waste. Not long after the tragic Sandy Hook massacre, Dianne Feinstein and the anti-gun lobby are making moves in an effort to ram through a bill that would ban the sale of semi-automatic weapons. This bill would also strengthen the 1994 "Assault Weapons Ban" and tighten regulations for grandfathered weapons. I know liberals despise facts and history but I will continue to use them anyway. First, when it comes to the Assault Weapons Ban the data is very clear. We adopted the assault weapons ban from 1994 to 2004 and it did not change crime. I repeat, the data is clear and crime did NOT change. Feinstein knows this but she doesn't care because she is not seeking to prevent crimes, she is seeking to destroy the Second Amendment.

Which brings me to my second point on this issue: motive. We need to stand up against politicians like Feinstein who claim to be protecting us when all they are really doing is seeking to restrict the freedoms of law-abiding citizens. On her website, Feinstein asks the question, "Who needs these military-style assault weapons? Who needs an ammunition feeding device capable of holding 100 rounds?" I have better questions for Dianne.. Where in the Constitution do you find the power to disarm American citizens? And who are YOU to say what I need or do not need to protect myself and my family? Why exactly do you think that the American people should submit our guns to the government? And what if we don't? Then what are you going to do? Force us? How?

She goes on to say, "These weapons are not for hunting deer -- they’re for hunting people." This statement alone should cause her to lose her seat in the next election because anyone who knows anything about the Second Amendment knows it has NOTHING to do with hunting deer or any other game for that matter. But from that idiotic statement, Feinstein did make one accurate point. We can agree that the weapons that many of us own could absolutely be used to kill someone. That is true.  HOWEVER - the fact of the matter is, the overwhelming majority of Americans have not killed someone with their gun and don't ever intend to.

I could address the loonacy of this woman's actions and words all day but I think it would be more productive to look back on some history. I just want to remind everyone of what exactly the Second Amendment says and point out a few important things people might want to consider before registering anything or handing over a weapon.

The Second Amendment reads as follows:

"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." 

1. Certain unalienable rights existed before government and outside of government

For liberals who don't like the Constitution or have a problem with God this may be painful but the truth hurts. Fact is, the Second Amendment protects yours, mine and every other person's individual right which existed well before the creation of any government. In our Declaration of Independence the Founders made clear that all human beings are endowed with certain unalienable rights which governments are created to protect.

From the Bible to the Tora to specific writings of various Christian denominations, we see that people have the unalienable right to freedom from violent harm, and the right to self-defense. Both of these exist before and outside of secular government.

The Second Amendment refers to “the right of the people” as a pre-existing right that government must respect. The right to keep and bear arms simply implements the unalienable right to individual self-defense against aggression of any kind. 

2. There is nothing ambiguous about “shall not be infringed” 

The language of the Second Amendment is very clear. It prohibits the federal government from “infringing” on this right of the people. In my opinion, the Second Amendment is fundamental to ensuring the right to life. Self-defense is the ultimate right of all individuals to preserve life.

Article I, Section 8, clauses 15 and 16 of the Constitution addresses Congress’s powers concerning the state militias. Congress can “call forth”  state militias into national service for specific purposes. Congress can also organize, arm and discipline the state militias, and govern militias while they are in national service. That said, the Second Amendment specifically confines Congress’s power by guaranteeing that the Congress cannot “govern” the militias out of existence or disarm “the people.”

3. Protection against a tyrannical government is very much a part of the Second Amendment

Thomas Jefferson wrote in the Declaration of Independence that if a government failed to protect its citizens and instead became the enemy, the citizens had the right to overthrow it! Protection from our own government was in fact part of the reasoning behind the Second Amendment.

The Second Amendment refers to “a well-regulated militia.” For those who are not aware, the term "well-regulated" means well-trained and disciplined. (The meaning can still be refered to in the unabridged Oxford English Dictionary - 2nd edition 1989, Vol 13 page 524)

I would highly encourage you to read the Federalist Papers to get a clearer understanding of this from the Founder's perspective. From Alexander Hamilton expressing his fear of  government betraying the people by amassing too much power and becoming tyrannical, to James Madison contending that ultimate authority resides in the people, and that if the federal government got too powerful and overstepped its authority, then the people would develop plans of resistance and resort to arms, it is quite clear what their intentions and fears were.

4. Americans do not have slaves, nor are we slaves to our government 

It is unfortunate that slavery was acceptable before the Fourteenth Amendment but now that slavery is abolished, all citizens should be able to enjoy the legal protection against despotic government that we have in the Second Amendment. Prior to the Civil War and the Fourteenth Amendment, many states had laws on their books that made it illegal for slaves and even for free black people to possess firearms. At the time, the Second Amendment didn't protect black people for two reasons... 1. The Second Amendment was understood as limiting the federal government's power only and 2. black people weren't considered citizens who had rights that deserved to be protected. (There is a court decision from 1857 where a judge made the observation that if black people had privileges and immunities of citizenship then they would be able to possess and carry arms. Look up the case, it's very interesting! Dred Scott decision 60 US 393) So again, as a free society that does not have slaves of any kind, all citizens should be able to benefit from the Second Amendment's protection.

The protection of our sacred right of self-defense is in our hands as citizens of this country. Before a government can become a full-blown tyranny, the citizenry has to be disarmed. From their own life experiences, the Founders of this nation knew that when government goes bad, liberty can be stolen from the people... unless the people are armed.

I am happy to see that people are beginning to wake up to the reality that more government intervention is not the cure-all for all of life's imperfections. Freedom is always better than oppression because life is not perfect and it never will be no matter how many laws or regulations Washington puts on the books.

I want to leave you with this fantastic letter from a former Marine named Joshua Boston who has served his country, understands the Constitution and like many of us, has had enough of Dianne Feinstein's antics. There is also a video from an interview he did with CNN at the end.

"Dear: Senator Dianne Feinstein,

I will not register my weapons should this bill be passed, as I do not believe it is the government’s right to know what I own.

Nor do I think it prudent to tell you what I own so that it may be taken from me by a group of people who enjoy armed protection yet decry me having the same a crime. You ma’am have overstepped a line that is not your domain.

I am a Marine Corps Veteran of 8 years, and I will not have some woman who proclaims the evil of an inanimate object, yet carries one, tell me I may not have one.

I am not your subject. I am the man who keeps you free. I am not your servant. I am the person whom you serve. I am not your peasant. I am the flesh and blood of America.

I am the man who fought for my country. I am the man who learned. I am an American. You will not tell me that I must register my semi-automatic AR-15 because of the actions of some evil man.

I will not be disarmed to suit the fear that has been established by the media and your misinformation campaign against the American public.

We, the people, deserve better than you. Respectfully Submitted, Joshua Boston Cpl, United States Marine Corps 2004-2012"