Right to Bear Arms

In such a hectic and oppressive time, this is a topic that is becoming rapidly of more significance than for many decades. Strangely though, the necessity of retaining this has been turned into a matter of safety from that which it was to be protected for.

Notice the word protected I used. The Bill of Rights in which this clause is written are not rights given by a government or, for that matter, men. They are endowed upon men by their Creator. Thus, they are a reminder to the government that they are obligated to protect them being that is their sole purpose of existing, as Thomas Jefferson wrote, “that to secure these rights governments are instituted among men.”

The foundation of this endowment is life, liberty, and property. The government is responsible to secure that we can live a life free from being accosted by others through the theft or destruction of what we have earned, built, or invested in without our consent. And that is where the right to bear arms is a check given to individuals to protect themselves apart from any other authority, especially the government.

An important thing we must consider is that the government has emasculated this gift given by God through regulation. How so you may ask. Well, “Arms” consists of any defensive weapon or armor; such as swords, knives, hatchets, bow and arrow, and of course, guns. Today you could add things to this list such as machine guns, rocket launchers, missiles, explosives, fighter jets, battleships, etc. This last list is the evidence of oppression. Our supposed government we have set up to protect this right has hindered it by its own power through regulating what “arms” we are allowed to have. What a strange idea to think that the most fundamental reason this right was to be protected was regulated by those it was established to be a check for power.

In DC vs. Heller it was set into precedent that, as opposed to the idea of it being applicable only to those in a militia, it is an individual right. This would seem to be common sense though seeing the rights given by God were given to each individually. But that is not all. There was also a terribly negative conclusion made that allowed the government to infringe. What was it? Scalia stated that, “Like most rights, the Second Amendment right is not unlimited. It is not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose: For example, concealed weapons prohibitions have been upheld under the Amendment or state analogues. The Court’s opinion should not be taken to cast doubt on longstanding prohibitions on the possession of firearms by felons and the mentally ill, or laws forbidding the carrying of firearms in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings, or laws imposing conditions and qualifications on the commercial sale of arms. Miller’s holding that the sorts of weapons protected are those “in common use at the time” finds support in the historical tradition of prohibiting the carrying of dangerous and unusual weapons.[1] Thus, the Supreme Court established that the Federal Government determines what weapons we are allowed to bear. His statement “those in common use at the time” was deduced from United States vs. Miller which concerned a law passed called the National Firearms Act. This Act stated that certain weapons must be registered, in this case a shotgun with a barrel shorter than 18”, to be transported or sold with a $200 tax (this was in 1936. That’s a lot of money). The opinion spoke of a distinction drawn between military weapons and those used by a militia, which is where his statement comes from.

There is an enormous list of cases and laws pertaining to our right to bear weapons that have been limited according to the Supreme Courts opinion in opposition to one of the main purposes of protecting this right. Laws such as this were passed through the use of fear. The NFA was passed due to organized crime using military type weapons and these restrictions have and continue to eat this right away. We have just this year seen President Trump pass an executive order concerning bump stocks which was ignited by a shooting.

It is through fear that the government picks and dissects those things that hinder their complete control over us allowing them to reign as Kings with our rights being nothing but pen on parchment. We must not surrender the only thing that will keep them from enslaving us. It is the fear of us having the power to fight back that hinders their complete usurpation of the inalienable rights given by God. We must not, for any reason, surrender our “right to bear arms.”


[1] District Columbia vs. Heller

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