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The Second Amendment Makes All the Others Possible May 1, 2017

Posted by Dr. Robert Owens in Politics, Politiocal Philosophy.
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Why do I need a permit to do what the Constitution says I have a right to do?

If States passed laws making the first amendment null and void do you think we might hear about it?  If a permit was required to speak your mind do you think anyone would protest?

These are all good questions.  What we need is some good answers.

The Second Amendment decrees: “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.”

The Progressives have been telling us for a long time that this should only apply to the National Guard which they contend is the twenty-first century equivalent of a well-regulated militia.  In the landmark Supreme Court decision McDonald v. Chicago the majority ruled that neither the Federal Government nor the States had a right to prevent lawful citizens from protecting their homes with firearms including pistols.

What did the Founders have to say:

“Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself. They are the American people’s liberty teeth and keystone under independence.” George Washington

“A free people ought to be armed.” George Washington speech of January 7, 1790 in the Boston Independent Chronicle, January 14, 1790.

”A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government.” George Washington

”From the hour the Pilgrims landed, to the present day, events, occurrences, and tendencies prove that to insure peace, security and happiness, the rifle and pistol are equally indispensable . . . the very atmosphere of firearms everywhere restrains evil interference – they deserve a place of honor with all that is good” George Washington.

“The Constitution of most of our states (and of the United States) assert that all power is inherent in the people; that they may exercise it by themselves; that it is their right and duty to be at all times armed and that they are entitled to freedom of person, freedom of religion, freedom of property, and freedom of press.”
Thomas Jefferson, letter to to John Cartwright, 5 June 1824

“Besides the advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation … notwithstanding the military establishments in the several kingdoms of Europe, which are carried as far as the public resources will bear, the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.” James Madison, author of the Bill of Rights, in Federalist Paper No. 46, at 243-244.

“Americans have the right and advantage of being armed, unlike the people of other countries, whose leaders are afraid to trust them with arms.” – James Madison.

“The best we can hope for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed.” – Alexander Hamilton.

“That the said Constitution shall never be construed to authorize Congress to infringe the just liberty of the press or the rights of conscience; or to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms…” Samuel Adams, Debates and Proceedings in the Convention of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, at 86-87 (Peirce & Hale, eds., Boston, 1850. 2, col. 2.

“To disarm the people…[i]s the most effectual way to enslave them.”
George Mason referencing advice given to the British Parliament by Pennsylvania governor Sir William Keith, The Debates in the Several State Conventions on the Adoption of the Federal Constitution, June 14, 1788

“I ask who are the militia? They consist now of the whole people, except a few public officers.” George Mason, Address to the Virginia Ratifying Convention, June 4, 1788

“Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed, as they are in almost every country in Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops.”
Noah Webster, “An Examination into the leading Principles of the Federal Constitution.” in Paul Ford, ed., Pamphlets on the Constitution of the United States , at 56 (New York, 1888).

“A militia when properly formed are in fact the people themselves…and include, according to the past and general usage of the states, all men capable of bearing arms…  “To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them.”
Richard Henry Lee, Federal Farmer No. 18, January 25, 1788

“Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are ruined…. The great object is that every man be armed. Everyone who is able might have a gun.”
Patrick Henry, Speech to the Virginia Ratifying Convention, June 5, 1778

Who is the “Militia” referred to in the Second Amendment?  We are.  Back in the day every community formed a local militia, trained and drilled preparing to defend liberty.  It was against these militias that the British moved when the marched against Concord and Lexington.  And it was these militias that fired the shot heard round the world.  It was these militias that formed the backbone of American resistance during the Revolutionary War.  And it was these Militias composed of a generally armed citizenry that were and are guaranteed by the Second Amendment.

Now after years of Progressive administrations attempting to disarm America we finally have a President who gets it.  President Trump recently told the members of the National Rifle Association, “The eight-year assault on your Second Amendment freedoms has come to a crashing end.”  The President also said, “I will never, ever infringe on the right of the people to keep and bear arms.  Never ever.”

He recently released a paper outlining his position on gun ownership.  It began, “The Second Amendment to our Constitution is clear. The right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed upon. Period.”  The paper explains that the right to keep and bear arms is a right that preexisted both the government and the Constitution. It also notes that government didn’t create the right and therefore cannot take it away.  In the paper he referred to the Second Amendment as “America’s first freedom.” He pointed out that it helps protect all of the other rights we hold dear.

In the paper the President proposed strengthening and expanding laws allowing law-abiding gun owners to defend themselves from criminals using their own guns, without fear of repercussion from the government.  Specifically he said he wanted to do away with pointless and ineffective gun and magazine bans instead suggesting that we fix the current background check system already in place, rather than expanding a broken system.

We have been on the wrong path.  Hopefully, we are now on the right path.  No matter who leads or where they ask us to follow we must remember that the Second Amendment makes all the others possible.  It might also be helpful to remember that Benjamin Franklin once said, “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”

Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion.  He is the Historian of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com © 2017 Contact Dr. Owens drrobertowens@hotmail.com  Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens / Edited by Dr. Rosalie Owens

 

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1. Bitching Betty - May 1, 2017

Hello Dr Owens:

I’ve been reading your essays . . . but I’ve been lazy in regards to feedback/comments!

This essay is a great reference piece for those of us who haggling with politicians over constitutional rights, gun rights in particular.

I would add that We The People is in large bold letters for a reason and it is NOT a typo! Moreover, the 2nd Amendment follows the first as a reminder of the importance of a free people’s voice. Proximity matters!!!! and despotic politicians should be frequently reminded of the threat of silencing the people’s voice! (Berkley ANTIFA didn’t move Trump and Company off the dime one iota . . . sadly! )

Thanks for another great read . . . Keep charging. Maxwell

2. Lisa the Infidel - May 1, 2017

Reblogged this on The way I see things … and commented:
” (Trump) recently released a paper outlining his position on gun ownership. It began, “The Second Amendment to our Constitution is clear. The right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed upon. Period.” The paper explains that the right to keep and bear arms is a right that preexisted both the government and the Constitution. It also notes that government didn’t create the right and therefore cannot take it away. In the paper he referred to the Second Amendment as “America’s first freedom.” He pointed out that it helps protect all of the other rights we hold dear.

In the paper the President proposed strengthening and expanding laws allowing law-abiding gun owners to defend themselves from criminals using their own guns, without fear of repercussion from the government. Specifically he said he wanted to do away with pointless and ineffective gun and magazine bans instead suggesting that we fix the current background check system already in place, rather than expanding a broken system.

We have been on the wrong path. Hopefully, we are now on the right path. No matter who leads or where they ask us to follow we must remember that the Second Amendment makes all the others possible. It might also be helpful to remember that Benjamin Franklin once said, “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.””


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