Sunday, July 30, 2006

Attacks on the 2nd Amendment

Today we daily hear about attacks on our freedoms. The First Amendment is being taken away. The Fourth Amendment is a thing of the past. I must question, what ever happened to the Second Amendment?

"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."

It seems pretty simple to me. I see two parts: 1) States can have militia, and 2) The People can have arms. While few people object to the first part, the second part is one of today's hot topics. The ACLU, with many other liberal groups, doesn't believe that there is an individual right to own firearms. They claim that that the Second Amendment only gives the state the power to create a militia; it does not give any rights to the citizens.

I view this interpretation of the Second Amendment quiet frightening. What the loco left has done is define "the People" as the State. Isn't this inconsistent with the rest of the Constitutional Amendments? Does the Fourth Amendment give freedom from unwarranted searches and seizers only to the State? The Tenth Amendment separates the State from the People; is it being redundant? I would cringe to think that the First Amendment only allows the State to peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

In today's America our freedoms are under attack. We must remember that both the Democrats and Republicans are doing it. Each party has decided on what parts of the Constitution they agree with and what parts they want to limit. When has more freedom been a bad thing? We must not forget that we are a free society where we trust people to make their own decisions. By deciding to change the definition of "the People" for political reasons, the left has declared war on our most basic rights. I try to remember the immortal words of Thomas Jefferson, "No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms. 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."

And finally, to those who cry out against firearms because they are dangerous, I will remind them of Benjamin Franklin. "They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."

God Bless.

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