By: Patti Bankson
Every time I hear someone explain away the danger of an aggressive government over-reach, I cringe. Their favorite line is that we have to give up a “little” of our liberties in order to be protected… supposedly from terrorists. Obviously, they’ve not thought about the price, nor the unintended consequences, of such a trade-off.
It’s important to note that in District of Columbia v. Heller, the Supreme Court ruled that the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to possess a firearm to use for traditionally lawful purposes, such as defending oneself within their home or on their property. The right to arm oneself is viewed as a personal liberty to deter undemocratic or oppressive governing bodies from forming and to repel impending invasions. Furthermore, the right to bear arms was instituted within the Bill of Rights to suppress insurrection, participate and uphold the law, enable the citizens of the United States to organize a militia, and to facilitate the natural right to self-defense.
The Second Amendment was developed as a result of the tyrannous rule of the British parliament. Colonists were often oppressed and forced to pay unjust taxes at the hand of the unruly parliament. As a result, the American people yearned for an Amendment that would guarantee them the right to bear arms and protect themselves against similar situations. The Second Amendment was drafted to provide for the common defense and the general welfare of the United States through the ability to raise and support militias.
I know that many people believe it’s ridiculous to think that we need to protect ourselves from our own government. I agree. We shouldn’t have to, but if you’ll consider what our present-day government is doing, we’d be foolish not to. Just consider where we’re headed… where the government is trying to take us… is already taking us. No privacy. No choices… programs foisted upon us that require us to virtually empty our pockets to pay for. And, of course, there are the efforts to take away our guns. Think about what kind of country we’ll be if they’re successful.
Unfortunately, the 2nd Amendment isn’t the only one under attack… so is the 1st Amendment: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble.
How many times has it been reported that a high school valedictorian has been forbidden to mention God, or their faith in Him? How many times have atheists been allowed to wipe out that 1st amendment right for others? This amendment gives them as much right to establish their religion as it does anyone, but nowhere does it say their right supercedes anyone else’s. But in today’s run-away government atmosphere, the liberals… so called progressives… seem to be determined to wipe out our Constitution in order to placate those whose feelings are hurt about every little thing. I have feelings, too, but the only time they’re seriously hurt is when I see our country going the way of western Europe, or when we start resembling some 3rd world country… a dictatorship.
We need to be as determined to make our “rulers” adhere to our Constitution as they are to ignore it.
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