Tuesday, January 01, 2013

2nd Amendment Rights - Perspective

In Response to my Post Below from Russian Author/Contributor to Pravda.ru, Stanislav Mishin.

1.) I know that many of you may not agree, but the purpose of this post is to encourage you to take the long view as to why our founding fathers chose to construct the 2nd Amendment. There are also many Americans who do agree.

The Russians, Australians and others have already been through this via several regimes, and can say that the regulation of arms or confiscation of arms will not stop crime, criminals or those who intend to inflict harm. Without the right to defend ourselves from tyranny, 'over-government' or any external or internal threat to our freedoms, we are but so much flotsam, and will be subject to any who chooses to challenge our liberty.

Why not examine and consider what they are all saying?

The above article is not to advocate any extreme or radical position (as many politicians and media would have us believe), rather it is a re-visit and understanding of the 2nd Amendment as a "due diligence" measure based upon reason and historical repetition of fact regarding governmental gun control. It is about governmental control, and losing yet another freedom for the sake of the "state".

Responsible people with arms will remain responsible and only use them appropriately. This is a proven fact. Those with intent to harm, or proven violent felons will find a way to have and use them inappropriately, and THIS is also a proven fact.

Whether you own a gun or not, it is a basic constitutional right, and the principle of being able to exercise that right - without the sense that you are 'out-of-line' or a potential criminal.

So please - let's not have this be an emotionally driven resolution based upon fear and ignorance. Rather, look at the facts.

2.) The Second Amendment (Amendment II) to the United States Constitution is the part of the United States Bill of Rights that protects the right of the people to keep and bear arms. 

Our Bill of Rights is based upon the original English (British) Bill of Rights of 1689. "...The fifth and last auxiliary right of the subject, that I shall at present mention, is that of having arms for their defence, suitable to their condition and degree, and such as are allowed by law. Which is also declared by the same statute I W. & M. st.2. c.2. and is indeed a public allowance, under due restrictions, of the natural right of resistance and self-preservation, when the sanctions of society and laws are found insufficient to restrain the violence of oppression"

Our version was drafted as a further definition of those rights as colonists and those seeking to found a new Republic. AND after much debate and revision: 

The House voted on September 21, 1789 to accept the changes made by the Senate, but the amendment as finally entered into the House journal contained the additional words "necessary to":

"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."

On December 15, 1791, the Bill of Rights (the first ten amendments to the Constitution) was adopted, having been ratified by three-fourths of the States.

It was adopted on December 15, 1791, along with the rest of the Bill of Rights. The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess and carry firearms.[1]

As written originally:As passed by the Congress:
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.

As ratified by the States and authenticated by Thomas Jefferson, Secretary of State:
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.[8]

So let's keep in mind why we have a Second Amendment, it's origins, and its importance as a governance device.

3.)  I just cannot be quiet anymore. I hope and trust that logic, reason, due diligence, historic reviews, and all the metrics of responsible gun owners such as: 1.) they are 13 times LESS likey to commit a crime, 2.) are more law-abiding than those who have guns illegally, etc. and those metrics of killers, robbers, and general bad guys, not wild-eyed emotional knee-jerkisms to be politically correct or "doing something". The light of day will show the significant difference between the two. Lord, please deliver us from the demagogues.

4.) We cannot be intimidated.

Facebook is clearly dominated by leftist / liberals who are sycophants of the entire Demo legacy and progressive movements. At one point the Republicans were considered the "liberals" and the Democrats the conservatives. I am sticking to a belief system that may cross boundaries of each, but is based upon our country's original vision of liberty.
Either we cave in or continue to speak out and risk being 'unpopular'.

Anonymous friend:  Popularity has never been my thing, and I will always speak out about what I believe to be right. The brilliant and brave men who founded this nation had the foresight to realize that what they fought against could happen in the future, in the Constitution and Bill of Rights, gave us all of the freedoms and tools we needed to defend ourselves against a tyrannical government, or any other attacks on our personal freedoms. I won't cave, or be silenced in sharing my beliefs on this issue. If others don't care for my opinion, so be it. People that would cower in the corner, and accept whatever controls the government tries to impose on them, are not folks I want to associate with anyway...

5.) It will become more unpopular. This post is being ignored by all the liberals that are supposedly open minded, intellectual, have the abiity to decide for themselves. Completely vanished. No likes, no comments..... why? They know deep in their hearts I am right. They have forgotten the Pledge of Allegiance we were taught to say each day at school, which is now banned from practice. I am sickened to death by these pussy followers. They don't even understand their own party, much less have thought through their own (or accepted) belief systems that are being promulgated by State Media (MSNBC, CNN, CBS, NBC, ABC, NPR, Public TV), "liberal/progressive" ..."Leaders"... who are working as hard and fast as possible to de-construct our country, beliefs, structure, documentation, and infrastructure.

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