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For they are our servants

January 10, 2013
The Daily News

EDITOR:

Every individual with a sense of humanity detests seeing families destroyed, innocent children sacrificed, and promising lives snuffed out, as witnessed at Sandy Hook School. The argument that reducing the number of guns will produce a safer society beguiles the public, promotes some politicians' ambitions, and fails to hold the perpetrators of violent crimes accountable for their actions.

Disarming law abiding citizens does not make innocent people safer. Statics in England and Australia, where guns have been confiscated, have proven this true. Yet, some politicians are willing to punishing innocent people for the acts of a few.

While gun rights supporters assert that the right of the people to keep and bear arms, as found in the Second Amendment of our Constitution, is an individual right like the freedom of speech or religion, all rights that have been supported by the Supreme Court of our nation. Gun opponents continue to assert that the right pertains only to collective bodies such as the militia, the military, police, National Guard or Homeland Security.

The Washington Post editorializes, as a gun opponent, that "The sale, manufacture, and possession of handguns ought to be bannedWe do not believe the 2nd Amendment guarantees an individual right to keep them."

Believing that our Constitution offers no protection for individual gun ownership, gun opponents continuously encourage efforts to restrict or ban citizens access to firearms, particularly specific models of handguns and rifles. Even United States Senator Diane Feinstein, D-CA, and who as mayor of San Francisco had a concealed carry gun permit, in her forthcoming legislation is planning to outlaw 120 firearms. Many of the same type of guns that you and I safely own.

These opponents to our Second Amendment frequently utilize highly-publicized, tragic instances of violence such as, the Sandy Hook School shooting and the theater shooting in Colorado, to fortify their argument that guns should be left only in the hands of "professionals."

FBI statics show that guns rank only 10th in the leading cause of deaths among Americans. The favorite weapon of choice is a baseball bat for violent crime. Yet I don't see anyone crying for an outlawing of baseball bats?

And those armed professionals, when they aren't counting their cholesterol, average a full 10 minutes to respond to an incident. Minutes, where lives are in the balance. I would rather go to my grave knowing I never had to use my gun than going to it wishing I had one.

The founding fathers of this nation understood that there exists inalienable rights that individuals possess and that our American government was formed with the sole purpose of defending and protecting those individual rights. Among civil societies this concept of safeguarding individual inalienable rights as the purpose of government is solely unique to our nation.

For they are our servants, we are not are not theirs. We have not been set on this Earth to feed the bureaucracy.

The Second Amendment is one of those inalienable rights the founding fathers demanded of the government they created, embodied in our Constitution; and our office holders all take an oath to protect and defend.

Opponents will twist the founders' original intent to argue that they never intended to allow citizens to be armed with semi-automatic rifles.

Judge James Wilson, one of only six founders who signed both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, exhorted, "The first and governing maxim in the interpretation of a statute is to discover the meaning of those who made it."

At the time it was framed, the Second Amendment was a certification to protect what was frequently called "the first law of nature," the right of self-protection, an inalienable right; a right guaranteed to every citizen individually.

To understand the import of the Second Amendment's intention to secure an individual's inalienable right to keep and bear arms, it is important to establish the source of inalienable rights constitutionally a law which God gave to you and which no inferior power has a right to take away.

Our founders believed that it was the duty of government to protect inalienable rights from encroachment or usurpation.

The founders of this nation understood the source of inalienable rights is never from government. When government grants rights, government can remove those rights.

They understood that self-defense is an inalienable personal right, and the Second Amendment simply assures each citizen that they have the tools necessary to defend their life, family, or property from aggression, whether from an individual or a government.

We now find ourselves in a great struggle between the forces of freedom and those who would oppress us. Those who would prevent us from the ability to protect ourselves say it is for our own well being, yet they continue to fail at securing our boarders.

How can we expect a government who can't find 15 million illegal aliens to confiscate 200 million guns?

Under the guise of Homeland Security, they now violate our privacy and revoke our rights. Our inalienable rights are being threatened by some who swore to uphold them. The cross roads are before us, we need to choose. Choose wisely for I fear we have become mere puppets. I fear our forbears who tell us that we are not as they who built this great nation.

Mark Wiederrecht

Iron Mountain

 
 

 

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