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.
Thus says the 2nd Amendment of The United States Constitution. This crucial, self-evident right of the people was one that our Forefathers enshrined within the Bill of Rights. James Madison thought that the Bill of Rights was largely unnecessary since the Constitution itself clearly defined the specific powers and duties of the federal government. Any other powers not specifically enumerated within it were assumed to belong to the people or the States, as was then clarified by the 10th amendment.
Fast forward to the 21st century and I find myself very glad that our forefathers did indeed stipulate the first ten amendments (The Bill of Rights) for the American People. Even so, there are many people today, particularly on the left of the political spectrum, that assume the 2nd amendment was never intended to be an individual right. After all, it talks about a “well-regulated militia”, so in their minds this must be a governmental right. Such people are either ignorant of history and context, or are deliberately dissembling.
First of all, would it make any sense for the Bill of Rights to enumerate all of the individual rights of Americans that the federal government was obliged to protect in the other nine amendments but insist on another governmental right in the second amendment? If that was the intent of that amendment, why wouldn’t the framers have placed that within the main body of the Constitution?
No. All of the rights delineated in the Bill of Rights were absolutely intended to be rights reserved to individual American citizens and not to the federal government. This was finally confirmed yet again in the 2008 Supreme Court decision of District of Columbia v. Heller and again in McDonald v. Chicago in 2010.
Nevertheless, today’s leftist politicians have become a little more circumspect in how they violate their oath of office to defend the constitution when they seek to ban private gun ownership. In other words, they have tried to incrementally infringe on this individual right. The have lied to the American People.
“Nobody wants to take your guns away,” they decry. “We simply want to enact ‘common sense’ gun laws that any reasonable person should be able to agree with. After all, nobody needs an ‘assault weapon’ or a ten round magazine – let alone a thirty round magazine,” so the paraphrase goes from politicians such as Nancy Pelosi, Diane Feinstein, and Chuck Schumer, to President Obama himself.
Yes, what the left cannot eradicate carte blanche by doing an end run around congress or by illegal executive orders, they try to do piecemeal with innocuous sounding ‘reasonable bills’ presented in congress. Here are just a few of the current federal and state attempts to erode our vital 2nd amendment right:
House Resolution (H.R.) 1454 – This bill would give President Obama’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) the authority to ban nearly all common rifle ammunition. This was tried recently with a proposed ban on all “green tip” 5.56 mm ammunition which is used in perhaps the most ubiquitous of rifles in the United States: the AR-15. Luckily the outcry from the public was so great, that the BATFE backed down on this ban for the time being.
Operation Chokepoint – This is the Obama Administration’s new set of shadowy banking regulations that is currently responsible for shutting down gun shops nationwide by making it impossible for them to secure ordinary loans and lines of credit.
United Nations Gun Ban Treaty – Despite the fact that the U.S. Senate has failed to ratify this pernicious treaty, the Obama administration is still on mission to implement many of the anti-gun tenets of it.
H.R. 1217 – This new proposal in Congress would implement Obama’s national gun registration scheme. (It is a lot easier to confiscate all of the legally owned weapons if you know who owns them, after all!)
S. 407 – This new bill in Congress would ban the manufacture and sale of standard capacity magazines.
H.R. 224 – This new proposal would empower President Obama’s anti-gun Surgeon General to publish propaganda that frames our Second Amendment freedom as a public health problem.
H.R. 307 – This new Congressional bill would force us to pay for a national gun “buy-back” scheme through our tax dollars.
H.R. 225 – This proposal would give unelected anti-gun bureaucrats at the Consumer Product Safety Commission the authority to regulate and ban our firearms as they thought reasonable.
Multi-state legislation 1 – Several proposals are pending in multiple states that would require gun owners to keep their firearms locked away, unloaded, and disabled, thereby rendering them useless for self-defense.
Multi-state legislation 2 – Various proposals are also pending in many states that would increase taxes, sometimes severely, on all firearm and ammunition purchases.
Multi-state legislation 3 – Many states are trying to pass Obama’s national gun registration scheme that failed to pass congress two years ago on state levels.
Multi-state legislation 4 – Finally, multiple states have put forth legislative proposals to repeal “Stand Your Ground” and “Castle Doctrine” laws that effectively strip a gun owner of the right to use a firearm in most self-defense situations.
The purpose of the second amendment was not to secure Americans with the ability to go hunting or trap-shooting. Our founding fathers knew that the only way to protect our young nation against enemies both foreign and domestic was to provide that “We The People” were able to ensure our own safety, and thus hold government accountable as it exercises its Constitutional duties – and only it’s Constitutional duties. It is ironic and quite worrisome that many of our elected officials today are seeking to infringe upon or even eradicate the one amendment from the Bill of Rights that guarantees that we will still retain all of our other rights. After all, an unarmed citizenry becomes completely reliant upon the beneficence of government in their granting of our other rights.
Those members of congress and elected officials who would seek to enact legislation or enforce regulations that are contrary to the 2nd amendment are indeed in default of their oath of office to support and defend the United States Constitution. Every last one of them that so brazenly ignores the dictates of the Constitution, especially when it comes to violating any of the enumerated amendments in the Bill of Rights is a disgrace to the public and the nation and should no longer be allowed to serve in such a capacity accordingly.
If only the American public was not ignorant of civics, history, and the long-term ramifications of not holding these officials accountable. It is incumbent upon us to pay attention to our elected officials with what they say and do, regardless of their political party. When they do violate their oath of office by violating our Constitution, we need to all work as a community to ensure they are removed, or at least not re-elected to office. It requires diligence, but the guardianship of our American liberties certainly deserves no less!