The Gun Control debate is back in full swing in recent days due to the occurrence of high profile mass shootings in 2018, a strong left wing desire to “do something” regarding gun laws, and a series of marches and protests around the nation for some kind of governmental action to limit the number of shootings in the nation.
To preface this commentary I will state that I emphatically support the 2nd Amendment and I fervently believe that it is the single most important amendment to the U.S. Constitution. There is no Bill of Rights, Constitution, or United States of America without the 2nd Amendment. I do not believe in any form of gun control and it is my view that the majority of gun control legislation and regulation on the books in the form of federal, state, and local actions is likely illegal and unconstitutional if you view said actions through an originalist constitutional compliance point of view.
The 2nd Amendment of the United States Constitution is as follows “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.” With this intent of the founders in mind, every gun control law that exists is unconstitutional. Well regulated doesn’t mean that the Founders intended Congress to regulate specific types of weaponry. Well regulated means in good working order. The Founding Fathers wanted the American Citizenry to be well trained in the use of firearms and have the organizational structure to resist the government if necessary.
Main gun control or gun restriction laws:
- The National Firearms Act of 1934 made it extremely difficult to purchase a machine gun, suppressors, sawed off rifles and shotguns, and introduced extreme regulation on private gun ownership
- Automatic weapons are illegal to own
- Certain states such as CA and NJ have enacted restrictions on the size of magazines
- Certain states have enacted laws that allow Law Enforcement personnel to confiscate privately owned firearms without proper due process protections
- Certain states such Hawaii no longer allow open or concealed carry of firearms
- Forced background checks on private transfers of firearms
- Many left wing states such as NJ have introduced draconian restrictions to the point where citizens give up trying to acquire a firearm due to the long and arduous process
- FL has recently increased the age required to buy long guns to 21 and introduced waiting periods for the purchase of firearms
I oppose all of these actions because these laws and regulations infringe on the people’s rights to keep and bear arms. Plain and simple. It doesn’t matter that the capacity and firepower of firearms has changed since 1776. The Founding Fathers obviously had enough foresight to assume that technology would make guns smaller, lighter, easier to maintain, and yes increase the capacity for killing. Citizens should be able to own any weapons that the government has, except for strategic military weapons used for attacking enemy states. Citizens should not be able to own WMD, strategic bombers, fighter aircraft, gunships, tanks, heavy artillery, etc. because those are not weapons used to subjugate your own population. If the government decides to become openly tyrannical, they will not conduct a nuclear strike on an American city because that would destroy a lot of their own infrastructure and it is highly likely that Armed Forces Personnel will refuse to carry out those kinds of orders. The government will likely use men, firearms, artillery, ISR drones, and possibly light tanks to subjugate the population. A well trained and disciplined citizens militia can and should be able to defeat the government in order to maintain the security of a free state.
The purpose of the 2nd Amendment was not for hunting and sport shooting. Just like the purpose of the 1st Amendment was not for discussing the weather, it was for saying controversial things and being free to do so without fear of reprisal. The purpose of the 2nd Amendment was for the citizenry of the American Republic to have enough firepower to take down the government if it becomes tyrannical. The magnificence of the American Constitution is that it recognizes the natural rights of man and informs the government that those natural rights may not be infringed upon. The most important natural right accorded to man is the right to self preservation. You have a natural, God given right to preserve yourself, your family, and your property. The only way to effectively protect yourself, your family, and your property is through the threat or use of firearms. Criminals and oppressive governments are not afraid of your martial arts training, your sword collection, your security system, your guard dogs, or your peaceful protests and hunger strikes. Criminals are not even afraid of Law Enforcement or the courts. They are fearful of your firearms and that is what keeps them at bay.
I understand that mass shootings are a tragedy and they cut deep into the fabric of American society. Nobody wants to see innocent people die and see their families suffer. The media and the political left wish to paint gun owners and guns rights activists as heartless guttersnipes who do not care about the plight of the poor souls who died at that Texas Church, Las Vegas Concert, or Florida High School. We do care. We do mourn at the fact that someone would do something so sick, twisted, and immoral. But, we will not give up our natural rights to self preservation because a criminal committed a crime. Murder is already illegal and it has been for millennia, yet murderers still murder. A criminal is by definition someone who commits crimes, they do not care about the law. The idea of gun control is antithetical to the idea of liberty and it is unproductive and directly harmful to those it claims to protect. Gun control only serves the interests of tyrants, criminals, and despots. It preemptively punishes the innocent for the crimes of the guilty.
Our nation is resilient and the American people generally make the right decisions. I continue to have faith in the American experiment.
“The very atmosphere of firearms anywhere and everywhere restrains evil interference – they deserve a place of honor with all that’s good.” – George Washington
“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” – Benjamin Franklin
“Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.” – William Pitt (the Younger), Speech in the House of Commons, November 18, 1783
God Bless America
This is Saint Reagan signing off
*I am not advocating any kind of violence or law breaking, I am simply stating my opinion which is protected by the 1st Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.