2nd Amendment Right? Hogwash!

 

Let us consider the opinion of the man most qualified to explain the purpose of the US Constitution, James Madison, as he was attempting to relieve the fears that the proposed constitution would permit the federal government to become masters of the people and the states…

He had noted that being armed was an advantage the Americans possessed over almost every other nation, and then continued…  “Notwithstanding (means regardless of or in spite of) the military establishments in the several kingdoms of Europe… the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms… Let us not insult the free and gallant citizens of America with the suspicion that they would be less able to defend the rights of which they would be in actual possession than the debased subjects of arbitrary power… Let us no longer insult them with the supposition that they can ever reduce themselves to the necessity of making the experiment by a blind and tame submission to the long train of insidious measures which must precede and produce it.”…

Unfortunately, that long train of insidious measures began at the turn of the 20th century with the National Guard laws bringing the original militia under the control of the federal government. The next step was to teach generations of Americans that the right to possess arms comes from an amendment to the constitution. If you read the preamble to the first ten amendments (bet no teacher or text book ever told you there was one), you will find that they were designed to restrict federal control. They were never intended to be a list of rights the federal government grants to the people.

One more prescient opinion: “A long habit of not knowing a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right.”  Thomas Paine

 

 

 

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