Does the Second Amendment give individuals the right to keep and bear arms?
He (probably correctly) asserts that the 97% “yes” response at the time of his writing indicates that “we’re winning”, but I have to wonder if it indicates something deeply disturbing as well.
I left a comment at his place, but I think this bears a post of its own.
Many may think that this is just a semantic argument and many people who answered the poll “Yes” probably already understand that it was a bad question, but I wonder how many don’t recognize the mistake.
I’m going to quote something that I still can repeat from memory:
We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, ensure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America. [emphasis added]
How many of today’s children are required to even read, let alone memorize, that short, but vitally important, passage as a part of their government “education?” But I digress.
Do you see where I’m going with this? How about a couple of other little snippets:
Article 1, Section 1: All legislative Powers herein granted…
Article 2, Section 1: The executive Powers shall be vested in…
Article 3, Section 1: The judicial Power of the United States, shall be vested in…
Is it becoming clearer now?
How about this:
Amendment 1: Congress shall make no law…
Amendment 2: The right of the People…shall not be infringed
Amendment 3: No soldier shall…without the consent of the Owner…
Amendment 4: The right of the People…shall not be violated…
Do you see my point?
The US Constitution is not an instrument from government that regulates the behavior of the People. The US Constitution is an instrument from the People, that regulates the behavior of the government.
The US Constitution grants Powers to the government delegated to it by the People and the Bill of Rights does not “give” any rights to the people…it specifically places restrictions on government actions in an effort to protect the pre-existing rights of the People from infringement.
I challenge anyone to point out any portion of the US Constitution or its amendments that “authorizes” the People to do anything or “gives” any Rights to the People.
Don’t believe me? Go read it. We’ll wait.
Back already? It’s shorter than you thought isn’t it? Pretty plain, straightforward language too.
I don’t know whether the pollsters and editors of USA Today are simply ignorant, or are intentionally engaging in propaganda, but they, whether intentionally or not, created a win-win situation for the anti-liberty forces in the wording of that poll.
If we answer “No” they can construe that to mean that we don’t believe that there is a Right to keep and bear arms.
But if we answer “Yes”, we are supporting the false notion that the Constitution (and, thereby, the government which it establishes) is the source of our rights.
Patent, blatant, unequivocal BUNK.
Where is this country headed when we lose sight of the fact that ours is a government “Of the People, By the People and for the People” and buy into the falsehood that the government is our master and has the ability to “give” us rights…or to take them away…at its whim and fancy?
I cry for the nation that our grandchildren are inheriting from us.
Crossposted on The Sentinel