A well regulated militia, being necessary for the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.
This phrase seems simple. Yet it may be one of the most controversial and misinterpreted statements ever made! Some people think that the first part, the mention of the well regulated militia, has no real bearing on the clause itself. Others think that the phrase does not apply to the individual, but is a “collective” right. Let’s take a look at the entire sentence and at the reason it was added to our Bill of Rights.
First, it is important to look at the intent of the Bill of Rights. It was argued that we should not add these amendments to our Constitution because they were considered to be rights that were endowed by our Creator to all living things. It was feared that if these things were stated by a government on a document such as the Constitution the implication would be that these liberties had been granted by said government and therefore could also be rescinded. The proponents of the Bill of Rights contended that the design was to limit the power of the government over the people. The Bill of Rights was to state the very basic laws of God and nature that no man or government could ever deny the individual.
Why was this so important to our Founding Fathers? Consider that most of the settlers to this new land made the long and dangerous journey because they had been persecuted in some way. Many were not allowed to worship as they pleased or were in danger of being jailed for their ideas or values. Imagine living in a place where you can be put in jail or sentenced to death for simply speaking out against an unfair act by your government. The brave souls who made that trip understood the concept of true freedom and felt it important enough to risk their lives and livelihoods to achieve.
Next let’s explore the Second Amendment and its place in the Bill of Rights. The drafters of this document realized that if the populace was to be self governing then the only way to maintain that balance of power was for the citizens to be armed and able to defend the Republic. A well regulated militia, being necessary for the security of a free state confirms that every able bodied man and woman has a responsibility to become proficient with arms to defend our nation against any tyrannical government. Therefore, the true intent of the Second Amendment is that the government shall never have arms that the law abiding citizen does not also have access to! You may argue that we have our national Armed Forces and don’t NEED the citizens to be armed in a modern world, but that is exactly the OPPOSITE of the mandate defined by the Second Amendment. If we allow or military to have arms that can easily overpower the general public then we are creating a situation where the Constitution has no force and the Republic is in grave danger.
Here are facts that history has proven time and again.
- Power corrupts. Even those who have good intentions often become intoxicated by it.
- Many crimes are committed under the pretext of following the law or following orders.
- Governments commit genocide repeatedly and it still goes on today. OUR government is no exception. Simply look at the Native Americans!
These are just some of the reasons that the Bill of Rights was drafted, and the Second Amendment is key to the security of our free state. Without the UNINFRINGED right of the people to keep and bear arms we have no freedom. So the next time your legislature wants to pass a “common sense” law to restrict private gun ownership it is your duty as a citizen, as a part of the self-governing Republic called the United States of America, to prevent passage. It is also your duty to work to get the current restrictions on private ownership repealed!
Hopefully this article will give many some insight into the true meaning of the Second Amendment. Ideally it will give us all a way to communicate to our lawmakers that they must repeal the unconstitutional laws that have been erroneously passed.
I used to hate it when my mother said that to me. But not only is it true, it is an important lesson to learn.
We, as Americans, seem to have this mistaken idea that fairness is some kind of right. It’s not. In fact, bad things happen to good people all the time. Sure, that bitch we call Karma will eventually even the score, but in the here and now there are tons of instances where her sister Life sticks her foot out to trip us up.
Most of the time when “unfair” things happen it is our own fault. Sometimes we spend more than we should and an unexpected expense pops up that we can’t afford. Other times it is not our fault at all but I find this to be more of the exception than the rule. But I digress and that is for a different post.
Back to the point, life is full of setbacks and inconveniences. There are bullies in every stage of our life and we must be able to work around and often with them. There are things that happen to us because of poor choices that we or someone else made and we must adapt and overcome.
The successful person, the free citizen, finds solutions to problems and overcomes adversity. If we shield our children from the “unfairness” that they inevitably encounter in their youth we are denying them the tools they will need to thrive and excel as adults. So thanks, Mom, for all those moments when I hated hearing, “Life’s not fair, get over it!”
The first wave of Europeans to settle in the United States had a very tough go of things. They endured a long and dangerous voyage across an ocean to a land where they had no family, no stores, no support system. They did this to find freedom from an oppressive government and/or church (which were often one and the same).
After much hardship they reaped a bountiful harvest and laid their stores for the upcoming winter. When the harvest was in and the supplies were stashed they gave thanks.
As we celebrate this uniquely American holiday, lets reflect on the reason these colonists were grateful…they had achieved a new kind of freedom, if only for a short while. They were free to keep the fruit of their labor. They were masters of their own destiny. They could worship as they chose without fear of persecution or execution. They had realized a dream that most of us will never fully understand and many of us are all too willing to surrender.
I sincerely wish a happy Thanksgiving to you and your families. May the true meaning of this day be preserved for future generations to cherish and enjoy.
Do you have all the knowledge you need to make an informed decision?
We think we have a free country here in the United States, but do we really? We vote for people to represent us, but is the deck stacked?
Consider this…how many people are running for a given seat in your district? Are there debates between the candidates? Are ALL the candidates allowed to participate? I know of one race where the incumbent was defeated in a primary election. This left the seat very much in contention. There is a debate scheduled and the Democrat and Republican candidates are participating. But there is a third, Libertarian candidate who is not allowed to participate. Strangely, the two candidates for the “accepted” parties both have affiliation with the college that is hosting the debate…but the college says that THEY didn’t make the decision, a private firm they hired to coordinate things set the ground rules that excluded the third party.
I ask you, if we are supposed to be a free society, how can we ignore the blatant bias so thinly veiled? This type of thing happens all over our country and people just blindly accept it. Perhaps it is too much trouble to maintain our freedom. I hope that the general public wakes up before we surrender what little liberty we have left.
This gun never killed anything.
I read a post this morning under “Freshly Pressed” (even though the original post was from July?) titled Planes Don’t Fly and Guns Don’t Kill. Being a proponent of freedom, including the right to defend ones self on equal terms with the attacker, I read the post. It was a story of a man who has killed for the sake of killing on more than one occasion. Granted they were animals and not humans, but this man took three lives, two of which were deliberate.
What struck me about the post was that the author blamed his actions on the tool used to carry them out. He made a choice to kill a living thing. He followed through on that choice. While having the gun may have made the action easier, it was the man behind the gun that ultimately caused the death of the creature. He says he feels remorse, but he repeats his actions, so how much regret is there really?
I suppose we should be glad that the person who made these choices selected birds as his prey and not humans…or will he take that step in the future? I respect the man’s decision to devoid himself of firearms. It appears to be a wise choice for him. Perhaps he is one of the reasons that others should be armed!
This blog is about freedom. Along with that freedom comes the responsibility for ones actions. You cannot have one without the other. Every living thing has an inherent right to self preservation. Even plants develop defense mechanisms to level the playing field and insure their survival. Man, being the inventive creature that he is, has created tools to make life easier. One of those tools is the firearm. It has been a tool used for both good and bad actions by humans. The object is inanimate and will never do anything without human interaction. Much like an automobile, medications, bathtubs, swimming pools and a host of other objects and substances that can cause death or injury to humans or other living things, a person must manipulate the tool to cause a reaction…that reaction can be good or bad based on the actions of the person.
So while the title of the blogger’s post was true, the premise of the body is a poor excuse for the author’s bad behavior. I don’t buy into the theory that having a gun in your hand will cause your primal instinct to kill to surge forward uncontrollably. If it does, perhaps you should seek professional assistance.
p.s. I was going to comment directly on the post referred to above, but it appears that comments were disabled.
Will your child be the next great thinker?
I raised my kids to think like free people. This makes an already difficult task of parenting even harder! But the rewards are immeasurable.
If we are to have a future for humanity we must teach our children to think, to question, to explore and to rationalize…not to blindly except what is fed to them. The beginning of this is teaching how to negotiate (and what is non-negotiable). There are limits, of course. And applying those restrictions simultaneously to instilling the love of freedom is not easy! But it comes from balance between freedom and responsibility. It gives our youth the tools they need to assess situations and make educated decisions all through life.
When I was a child I was told repeatedly by my mother, “Because I said so, that’s why!” It infuriated me because all I wanted was the logic (and sometimes to get my way!) behind what she was saying I had to do or couldn’t do. I was an inquisitive child and my children were as well. I swore that I would never, NEVER say use that dreadful phrase with them…and I can only recall one instance where it slipped out of my lips, followed immediately by the thought, “Oh, my God, I am becoming my Mother!” And it never happened again. I am not saying that I didn’t make mistakes, we all do. But my kids have grown up to be pretty awesome adults so I guess some things actually went as planned.
But the purpose of this post is not so much to talk about my kids as it is to inspire others to take into consideration how they interact with their own. The mantra that children should be seen and not heard is counterproductive for a thriving society. Talking to toddlers in baby-talk teaches them to speak baby talk. Talking to them as if they were adults gives them a higher goal to strive for…after all, we learn by imitating what we are exposed to. As they get older, do you let them make their own decisions about what to wear? Do you negotiate about dinner items that may not be favorites? Do you encourage trying things that are outside of the comfort zone? Do you teach them that it is OK to win and it is also OK to lose? To never allow failure is doing children a disservice. They will not be able to cope with the inevitable setbacks in adult life and will have a stressful life as a result. If success is discouraged (ever been to a little league game where they don’t keep score?) then we are robbing the kids of their sense of pride and self worth, plus we are not teaching them how to win gracefully.
These are all skills that are vital to success in life. Negotiation is vital for getting jobs, buying necessities and maintaining relationships. If you don’t know how to negotiate then you are reduced to arguments where no one wins. Critical thinking skills are essential as well, for obvious reasons. Suppose that Patrick Henry, George Washington, Galileo, Socrates, Thomas Edison or Albert Einstein had never questioned anything? Where would we be today? Will your child be the next great thinker? Not if you don’t encourage free thought!
For one to be free they must be independent. This means being responsible for ones own well-being. Freedom is the ability to make your own choices, but also includes owning the results. Many people have an lopsided concept of freedom and want to be able to do whatever they desire without consequences. This is not reality, but is a popular attitude in today’s society.
Freedom involves thinking independently. This means taking all the available data and using it to form opinions. If you exclude facts that don’t necessarily agree with your preconceived notions then you are cheating yourself and increasing the risk that you will make good decisions. For instance, if you choose to ride a motorcycle without wearing a helmet, you know you are taking a greater risk of head injury or death in the event of an accident. The choice is yours. The expense of medical care should be yours as well if you get hurt. Continue reading