Monday, December 17, 2012

Our God-Given Rights in the Second

This past Friday, a young man named Adam Lanza shot and killed his mother while she was still in her pajamas. He stole her car and her guns and drove to an elementary school and killed twenty children and six adults. Words cannot describe it and there are too many questions to answer. The first question is, "Why?" We may never know why, and that's something we'll have to accept. It's human nature to think about the what ifs and the could have beens and what could we have dones. We can't change the past, and we can't bring those children back. We can only move forward and try to prevent this from happening again. As always, whenever there's a mass shooting you hear two things, mainly from liberals: gun control and the second amendment. Who needs an AR-15? Guns are just designed to kill people. Those kids wouldn't have died if guns were banned. Repeal the 2nd Amendment! I've had a lot to think about over the last few days and I think I'm ready to put my thoughts into paragraphs instead of tweets. I want to talk about gun control and mental health and what we can do to prevent this from happening, but we need to cover the basics. Why do have a second amendment, and why is it so important? Yes, let's start there.

The Second Amendment of the Constitution says:
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.
The courts have long decided that this means we as individuals, states, and municipalities have the right to bear arms. Our government is not some free for all where they can do whatever they want without consequence. They have boundaries. The Constitution is the government's cage and the second amendment is the key. Many people will say the first amendment is the most essential and what makes us unique, and they may be right, but without the second amendment, we don't have a nation. Coming up with our government wasn't an overnight job, it took days and countless debate and for good reason. Our founding fathers wanted a free nation not subject to a tyrannical monarchy. In layman's terms, the first two amendments read like this:
  1. We the people can say and believe whatever we want,
  2. and I dare you to do something about it.
The Constitution is not for us. We have a God-given right to defend ourselves and our families, and the Constitution reminds the government they cannot infringe on these God-given rights...or there will be consequences. The second amendment is that consequence. An armed public is a scary public no government will touch. Why not repeal the second amendment, take away all guns in an attempt to make us safer. Let's look at the history of gun control:
  • The Soviet Union banned guns in 1929, and 20 million people who opposed were executed over the next twenty-four years.
  • China banned guns in 1935. 20 million people died between 1948 and 1953.
  • The Ugandan dictator banned guns in 1970, and then had 300,000 Christians killed between then and 1979.
  • In 1938, the German dictator Adolf Hitler established gun control, banning Jews from owning guns. Do I need to tell you what happened next?
The keyword in "gun control" is control. Gun control is about controlling the masses, not public safety. If it happened in Europe, Asia, and Africa then it can most definitely happen here. Bad things happen to the people when the people are unable to defend themselves from government. That's a historical fact. Taking away the right to bear arms is the first step of any dictatorship. No guns means the people can't rise up and overthrow them. That's why we have a second amendment, to remind our government that the people have the God-given right to rise up and raise hell. The second amendment is a deterrence to keep the government from becoming the King we left behind. We lose the second amendment, then we lose our freedom and this great nation.

In times of tragedy, it's natural to say rash things but when they're repeated over and over again it just sounds stupid. An honest debate needs to be had, but touching the second amendment in any way is out of the question. Police, firefighters, and the military are as far as the government should ever go in protecting the people. Anything else is our problem. It is our job to protect our families, our children. It is our job to teach our children compassion, empathy, and love. God gives us our right and we take them for granted and we need to start taking personal responsibility. And when it comes to our schools, public and private, that push needs to come from us so that we're in control. The last thing we need to do is give the government more power than what is guaranteed in the Constitution.

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