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The Right to Bear Arms

The Right to Bear Arms

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With President Trump in the White House, another mass shooting, and the country on pins and needles, it is time we reiterate the importance of the Second Amendment.  As is common, every time there is a mass shooting, people begin chanting about Gun Control. While on the surface it would appear that stronger gun control laws would prevent situations like what occurred in Las Vegas from happening, nothing could be further from the truth. The weapon that the shooter used in the Las Vegas attack aappeared to be a fully automatic weapon, something that is already illegal to possess anyway (except under certain circumstances.) As citizens of this nation, we have to recognize that there is a strong push to disarm the regular American citizens so that we will not have any recourse whenever this totalitarian government that is coming into effect exerts its rule over us. And regardless if you are a conspiracy theorist or not, this battle has already been fought when the original framers of the Constitution came up with the Second Amendment. It was very well known that this was a very real possibility.  See,  the Second Amendment right to bear arms wasn’t intended for citizens to protect themselves from each other. In reality, the Second Amendment was actually initially enacted for citizens to protect themselves from the government. Yeah, let’s go a little deeper.

To keep it simple, the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution reads: “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.” To understand the intent a bit more clearer, you have to grasp the çonstitutional context of a free State. In a nutshell, the constitution is saying that each state has a right to make up, and defend, its own laws. Defend from whom, you might ask? Anyone who would infringe upon that free State! Historically speaking, that has been the government. His-[s]tory has it that the British government, who owned the U.S. before the U.S. seceded,  was oppressing the citizens of the U.S. and the citizens had to take the abuse because they couldn’t fight Britain’s mighty army. Well, when the U.S. won their independence from the Crown, they enacted a system of checks and balances to ensure that what happened to them would never occur in the United States. The right of citizens to maintain a well-regulated militia was among that system. Later, when things settled down, that right was extended to regular citizens in theory, but there was some dispute as to if that was originally intended. In 2008, in a case called D.C. vs Heller, the Supreme Court ruled that individual   citizens indeed have the right to bear arms (unless you are convicted  of a felony.) Ok, what does all this mean to us?

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It means owning a firearm is as American as the Constitution. We should be leery of a government that wants to disarm its citizens, just because a few miscreants can’t control themselves. We wouldn’t disband the whole police force in America just because there is an apparent epidemic of rogue police officers sweeping through the nation, would we? The same common sense should apply here. Guns don’t kill people; people kill people. As citizens, we should let OUR vocies be heard when these elected officials (who are supposed to serve OUR interests ) call for stronger gun control. The constitution has already addressed this fight for us in America. (We do still go by the constitution, right?)

I live in the South. I can tell you firsthand that Southerners (catch my drift) are arming themselves daily. What is going to happen when those who believe in the right to bear arms decide to clash with those who don’t? Unless all the guns in America are removed from existence, I choose to reserve my right to bear arms. And I question anyone who suggest  that I shouldn’t. You should  too.

Read about the Las Vegas shooting here.

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