Constitution of the United States of America, Amendment the Second
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. [PROPOSED: September 25th, 1789; ratified December 15th, 1791]
"The Constitution shall never be construed to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms" - Samuel Adams
"Laws that forbid the carrying of arms disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes, such laws make things worse for the assaulted and much better for the assailants." -Thomas Jefferson (1764)
The 2nd Amendment was not implemented so that we the people could run around with guns. The 2nd Amendment was implemented so that we the people maintained weapons equal to or more powerful than the government. The founding fathers recognized that when "we the people" loose control of the government and we face "they the government", that unless we are able to stand up and defend ourselves against a criminal government we completely loose control.
"The Constitution preserves the advantage of being armed" - James Madison, The Federalist, #46
"To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people possess arms" - Richard Henry Lee 1788
Stop to think about how much money the government is spending on developing arms for themselves. Observe how the government is arming local police and sheriffs. Consider how the government has abandoned the Posse Comitatus Act and is literally deploying fully armed military personnel against the public. Then ask why the government disarms the public while arming themselves to the teeth.
Statistics globally repeatedly reveal that the elimination of the right to bear arms is followed by an increase in crime. Criminals do not respect the law or gun control, consequentially, the blatantly obvious occurs: Eliminate peoples ability to defend themselves and watch crime increase. By taking guns from law abiding citizens, only criminals will own guns and "we the people" are left defenseless. Perhaps we can include governments amongst the criminals.
Imagine a government banning vehicles because vehicles can be used to kill people. Or imagine the government banning box cutters. Box cutters were the weapon of choice by the terrorists who brought down the Twin Towers. Blaming or banning the tool has no logic nor any effect.
The right to bear arms means the right to bear arms. There is no ambiguity in this key Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. This does not allow the enforcement of a lesser law which says that for example you may not own a rifle with a pistol grip, or you may not own an automatic rifle. The 2nd Amendment, which represents the highest law of the land dictates that for example, if the government has atomic weapons, then we the people have the right to bear atomic weapons. Consider the reluctance of our government to full their arsenals with atomic weapons if they realized that we the people had the same right.
Governments, particularly the U.S., blatantly illustrates the fact that "they the government" believe that they have the right to bear arms, including weapons of mass destruction. If "they the government" believe they have the right to defend themselves, then what right does the government have to prohibit "we the people" from any right to defend ourselves? Clearly governments recognize that it is the threat of retaliation that prevents invasion. That same thereat is what prevents a criminal from committing a crime. And the exact same threat is what keeps governments in check.
When dealing with the 2nd Amendment, it is important to also understand the construct of Militia. Article I Section 8 of the Constitution for the United States of America: "To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions".
Militia is not the government's army, it is armed regular citizens. In fact California's constitution orders that the government maintain no army in times of peace and that no army may be formed for more than two years:
CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA, 1849 ARTICLE I. Declaration of Rights. Sec. 12. The military shall be subordinate to the civil power. No standing army shall be kept up by this State in time of peace; and in time of war no appropriation for a standing army shall be for a longer time than two years.
"A militia, when properly formed, are in fact the people themselves… and include all men capable of bearing arms." Richard Henry Lee 1788
The 2nd Amendment authorizes people in the U.S. to bear any type or form of arms at the highest level of law. Any body violating this right with lower laws that eliminate the right to bear arms, commits treason. The only way to change this law is to have the 2nd Amendment properly overturned by ratified legislation and vote by a majority of "we the people" and not by the whim or caprice of a treasonous judge, administrative agency, board of supervisors or politician that represents a minority.
When one realizes how simple and straight forward the law really is, one has to ask, what is going on in our government and courts in the U.S.A.? Public servants commit one treasonous act after another treasonous act in blatant violation of the U.S. Constitution. The U.S. government is clearly out of control and has strayed dangerously from the construct of the Constitution.
“O sir, we should have fine times, indeed, if, to punish tyrants, it were only sufficient to assemble the people! Your arms, wherewith you could defend yourselves, are gone; and you have no longer an aristocratical, no longer a democratical spirit. Did you ever read of any revolution in a nation, brought about by the punishment of those in power, inflicted by those who had no power at all?” - Patrick Henry, speech in the Virginia Ratifying Convention, June 5, 1778
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