In view of all this talk, legislation and media about gun-control in America, I hope that people have taken the time to read over the American Bill of Rights. Article 4 of that Bill gives ALL American’s this right, and I quote:
Article the fourth [Amendment II]
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.
Notice that phrasing….”A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State” and “shall not be infringed.”
It sounds plausible, when you listen to the address of President Obama and other political leaders, talking about gun-control, legislating against Americans owning automatic weapons, limiting rations of shells for such, and requiring background checks on anyone purchasing a gun.
Interestingly, EVERY one of these mandates violate the BILL OF RIGHTS. If these are initiated, which they seem to be sailing through congressional bodies as we speak, it would effectively mean that:
a. American’s are now being defined as to who is “ok” or “not ok” to possess weapons, according to some arbitrary ruling or criteria. And who makes up that ruling or criteria – who decides who is considered “acceptable” to own a weapon. One hears the words “mentally ill people” and “people with criminal backgrounds” – but oddly enough, the people doing these terrible shootings were not pronouncedly known to be either, so how does that work? Freedom of choice has just been taken away from Americans and put into the hands of a small defining or ruling body to say who has rights and who does not. This also means that some white-collar worker in an office in Washington DC can look over your background and can say “no, not him, or not her – because” and what right does he or she have to say that about another person? You see, that isn’t Freedom of Rights as defined in the American Bill of Rights – that is one step away from a covert form of tyranny. But of course, no one wants to hear those words.
b. A militia, by definition, is a body of citizen soldiers, as opposed to professional or military soldiers. If you take away the right to own and use automatic weapons from the citizenry, you have effectively subjugated the citizens of America, making them incapable of being a Militia on the same terms as the formal government controlled soldiers which means that they cannot fulfil that mandate as laid out in the Bill of Rights. Strike two!
I realize that the “threat” which was still fresh in the minds of the Founding Fathers of America at the time when they wrote the Constitution and Bill of Rights, following a terrible war of Independence, compelled them to ensure that the 4th article of the Bill of Rights mandated the necessity for a people’s Militia to maintain security for the nation. But against who? The government of course, because the Founding Fathers were not idiots. They knew that if governments could become oppressive to the people they supposedly served, then history would repeat itself again right there in America.
As much as I would like to laud President Obama and his other allies, for their acts to supposedly ensure the safety of Americans by gun control, he is, and they are, effectively destroying the very Constitution and Bill of Rights which defines this country, and while some, or many, may argue that guns are not a defining factor, I would reciprocate with this one statement from Thomas Jefferson, who said it best:
When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty.
Let’s not lose sight of why America declared its independence from a foreign and oppressive government some two and a half centuries ago, and why the nation has grown to be what it is. A nation based on equality, freedom and the inherent rights of all men, women and children living within.