The RIGHT to Bear Arms
by Jack Rooney

The right to bear arms is exactly that, a right, and not a privilege. It is also a constitutionally guaranteed right. Which means you are not required to ask the government's permission to carry a fire-arm on your person or in your car loaded or unloaded for personal protection. There have been numerous, and somewhat devious attempts throughout American history to abridge your right to bear arms. They have argued in the courts unsuccessfully that "the right of the people to keep and bear Arms" as specified in Amendment II of the Constitution of the United States applies to the Militia. The courts have not agreed.

The Constitution says "the people" and it means the people. There is a clear distinction drawn by the founders and drafters of the Constitution between WE THE PEOPLE and the militia. They are two distinctly separate but mutually co-dependent social entities. The right to bear arms by all is designed to provide a check and in the event some lunatic ascends to the White House and decides to sick the militia on the people. When everyone is armed, the people have a fair chance to defend themselves against an out-of-control government. Never happen in America? Donít bet on it.

The founders were learned students of History, and in their own age they fought against the tyranny of the Red Coats, who were the militia of a tyrant, government out-of-control. Read the declaration of Independence and you will understand why the right to bear arms was guaranteed to the people; they had first-hand experience at dealing with the tyranny of an out-of-control government. We see this described most clearly in the DECLAREATION OF INDEPENDENCE as below quoted: (italics mine)

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies, without the consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For protecting them by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

  • For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
  • For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
  • For depriving us in many cases of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
  • For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:
  • For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighboring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
  • For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
  • For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever...(1)

  • Sound familiar? Any recent parallels? Every civilization since the beginning of recorded history has slipped into a state of corruption and used force against its own people to keep itself alive and has used the military to commit acts of atrocity against members of its own society. Always, the atrocities are committed against those the leaders considered undesirable who do not have arms by those who are armed The military/police (the militia, murder and atrocities against the defenseless by those in power wanting to maintain their own status quo.

    Keep your arms polished. There is much to be said for being armed and ready.

    25 April 2007

    (1) The Declaration of Independence of the Thirteen Colonies presented by the Indiana University School of Law, Bloomington. The Declaration of Independence of the Thirteen Colonies. In CONGRESS, July 4, 1776 The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen United States of America.

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