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A Contrast of Ammendments

January 10, 2013

What would happen if we had to register our ability to speak in public with a local and national governments?  What if we needed to take mandatory training before we were allowed to write a letter to the editor in the newspaper?  What if we had to be “registered” to go on the street and protest?  I don’t think most people in America would put up with that.  And yet, these are the strictures that appear to be under consideration for people to exercise their second ammendment rights.

Judge Andrew Napolitano has thoughtful article in Reason, though one that’s not unique.  I’ve seen several people point out the obvious fact that seems to be escaping the conversation the news media is currently having with their first ammendment rights:

The historical reality of the Second Amendment’s protection of the right to keep and bear arms is not that it protects the right to shoot deer. It protects the right to shoot tyrants, and it protects the right to shoot at them effectively, thus, with the same instruments they would use upon us.

I have to admit, I really hope that this doesn’t have to go all the way to the Supreme Court so that we can argue this point.  For one, it should be pretty obvious.  For another, the field day of one-sided media coverage would probably make my poor head explode.  Even on the more conservative news channels, there are very few participants who appear to own guns, or at least who appear to understand gun rights.  They seem to view pro-gun visitors as strange aliens who have a minor affliction rather than a major conviction.  The problem with that ends up being that only those with true convictions would go on to be berated by the media, so we get a biased view of actual gun owners as a result.

Would I want to own a Browning M2?  I doubt it.  It’d be too hard to cart around, and the ammo is expensive.  My point is more that the Constitution is pretty clear that the right of gun ownership goes to the formation of a militia… so I agree with the Left side of the Supreme Court, just not like they think.  Can I say that I’d ever be called to defend the ideas of this country?  Well, I’d probably be a poor represtative there.  But I also know that as a gun owner I might have to do so, and I understand that many people would not want that responsibility.

So I’m glad I can use my rights covered under the first two ammendments of our Constitution.  At least, for now.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. January 13, 2013 1:23 pm

    Spellchek recently posted that even without the 2nd amendment, the right to life, and defense of it, should protect our right to weapons. I’m having a hard time imagining the Supreme Court cooking up a penumbra to protect an unstated right to bear arms, however . . .

  2. John Woods permalink
    January 11, 2013 2:05 am

    ” But I also know that as a gun owner I might have to do so, and I understand that many people would not want that responsibility.”Glad you didn’t back away from the reality of the situation.

    All of us who are veterans swore an oath to support and defend the constitution of the US, None of us were released from that oath, when we left the armed forces. which means we have to oppose a direct assault on the document that founded this country. Don’t want the responsibility as you say, but I will fulfill my oath.

  3. John Woods permalink
    January 11, 2013 1:46 am

    Frightening statistics but I guess it shows how important this topic is, Glad you didn’t back away from the reality of the situation.

    “In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control. From 1929 to 1953, about 20 million dissidents were rounded up and exterminated.

    “In 1911, Turkey established gun control. From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million Armenians were rounded up and exterminated.

    “Germany established gun control in 1938 and from 1939 to 1945, 13 million Jews and others were rounded up and exterminated.

    “China established gun control in 1935. From 1948 to 1952, 20 million political dissidents were rounded up and exterminated.

    “Guatemala established gun control in 1964. From 1964 to 1981, 100,000 Mayan Indians were rounded up and exterminated.

    “Uganda established gun control in 1970. From 1971 to 1979, 300,000 Christians were rounded up and exterminated.

    “Cambodia established gun control in 1956. From 1975 to 1977, one million ‘educated’ people were rounded up and exterminated.”

    Defenseless people rounded up and exterminated in the 20th Century because of gun control: 56 million.

    The big lie is about who gun control works for!”

    From: “Gun Control really does work!” by Alan L. Lund

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