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Why is the Second Amendment So Important?

September 23rd, 2012

If you Google the term “repeal Second Amendment”, more than two million results pop up.  You’ll find articles blaming the Second Amendment for the July mass-shooting in a Colorado movie theater, for the Arizona shooting that wounded Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting, and even for arming the Mexican drug cartels.

There’s no doubt that guns can do horrible things, but does that mean we should change the Bill of Rights?

The 27 words that make up the Second Amendment are clear:

“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.”

Back in 1791, there was no National Guard.  Instead, Americans had militias that could be called upon when things got rough.  In fact, Colonists had been relying on these militias ever since they first arrived at Jamestown in 1607.  Without them, America may not have been able to break free of England in the first place.

Back in those days, you weren’t just ALLOWED to have a gun.  You were EXPECTED to have gun.

But Thomas Jefferson took it one step further.

Remember, the Declaration of Independence makes it clear that the government works for the people — not vice versa.  In the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson talked about what would happen if the government failed to protect its citizens.  What if the government actually became the enemy of the people?

In that case, Jefferson said, the people were allowed to overthrow the government.

But doing so wouldn’t be possible without weapons.  Therefore, Jefferson reasoned, the federal government could never forbid its citizens from bearing arms.  If it did, the people had no way to prevent the government from running right over the top of them.

Don’t we face the same threat today?

If we repeal the Second Amendment, does it give the government an opportunity to stop working FOR us and start working AGAINST us?

Photo IDs Aren’t Just for Voter ID

September 10th, 2012

People who are against voter ID laws say that they’re discriminatory against minorities because minorities have a hard time getting ahold of a photo ID.

But their argument doesn’t make any sense if you consider that you need a photo ID if you want to:

  1.  Drive a car
  2. Board an airplane
  3. Board a train
  4. Board a cruise ship
  5. Go to a doctor’s appointment
  6. Go to the emergency room
  7. Get admitted to the hospital
  8. Get a blood test
  9. Get copies of your medical records
  10. Buy nasal decongestant that has pseudoephedrine in it
  11. Open a bank account
  12. Rent an apartment
  13. Apply for a mortgage
  14. Apply for a job
  15. Open a utility account (like for your electricity or water)
  16. Write a check
  17. Buy a firearm
  18. Buy alcohol
  19. Buy cigarettes
  20. Buy a lotto ticket
  21. Collect the winnings from your lotto ticket
  22. Buy a ticket to an R-rated movie
  23. Pick up concert/sporting tickets at Will Call
  24. Register your car for the first time
  25. Get car insurance
  26. Rent a car
  27. Serve jury duty
  28. Apply for a building permit
  29. Apply for a permit to hold a rally or protest
  30. Go to one of Michelle Obama’s book signings
  31. Apply for a fishing license
  32. Apply for a hunting license
  33. Apply for a marriage license
  34. Receive food stamps
  35. Get a P.O. box
  36. Register for the military
  37. Register for college
  38. Get copies of your academic transcripts
  39. Take the SAT or the ACT
  40. Get a library card

Some of these things — like getting a permit for your protest and buying a firearm — go hand-in-hand with freedoms listed in the Bill of Rights.  However, you don’t hear anyone crying foul over them.

 

 

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