“A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that the Second Amendment protects the right to openly carry (aka “open carry”) a gun in public for self-defense.”
Good. We the People have known open carry was not merely “legal” but “the supreme Law of the Land” for 229 years, since before the ink on our Bill of Rights was dry. Same goes for concealed carry. Never forget our Founders and Framers were “We the People” citizens, too. It’s nice to see that the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals knows how to read the Constitution. Well, two of them, anyway.
How to Read the U.S. Constitution
“The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”
“Keep” means to “own” or “posses.” You can keep your firearm at home. You can keep it in your car. You can keep it about your person. You can keep it with you wherever you go. In the context of the day it was written, it meant the people were not going to be required to turn them in to an armory, or worse, for destruction. Instead, recognizing the God-given right to procure food, protect one’s self, family, and property, and in accordance with “the pursuit of happiness” and other freedoms, our Founding Fathers rightfully recognized, respected, and codified God’s inalienable right in the form of keeping arms.
“Bear” means to “carry.” You can carry it along with you on a hike, while shopping, getting gas, at the library… Pretty much anywhere you want. Since the amendment doesn’t restrict mode of carry to either concealed carry or open carry, it’s both.
Moreover, since “shall not be infringed” is an absolute, lacking any restriction on the type of arms, or the location or manner in which people keep and bear arms, both open carry and concealed carry are equally and fully within the right of the people. All other arguments to the contrary, including those stated in this pathetically biased article, are mute. There are no “except when…” allowances in the Second Amendment, for very good reason. Those who wrote it knew if they allowed even an iota of room for exception, that people and powers opposed to our Constitutional covenant between We the People and our Republican Government would indeed infringe on our right to keep and bear arms.
Why are these very straightforward concepts so difficult for liberals and Demoncraps to comprehend?
It’s because they don’t WANT to comprehend them, or, if they do, they want to advance their blitheringly idiotic anti-gun agenda. For example, “Hawaii Attorney General Russell Suzuki said … ‘We are disappointed in the decision that would undermine Hawaii’s strong gun control law and our commitment to protect the public’ and ‘well-reasoned dissent supporting the constitutionality of this law.”
No, Suzuki, the dissent is not “well-reasoned.” It’s an extreme violation of Constitutional law, quite alarming coming from a judge who swore to uphold it. Furthermore, disarming honest, law-abiding citizens does not protect them. England, also an island, tried that and their crime rate more than tripled. It’s still 274% greater than it was before their ban. Grow a brain, you blitheringly idiotic, anti-Constitutional fool.
Nope! Our U.S. Constitution is the Supreme Law of the Land. Says so itself, right there in Article VI: “This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.”
IT’S THE LAW, people.
But it’s not just “guns,” there, Associated Press. “The right of the people to keep and bear ARMS shall not be infringed.”
The term “arms” is short for “armaments,” not “firearms.” Obviously, it includes firearms, but it also includes knives, machetes, spears, bow and arrow, rifle, handgun, revolver, pistol, AR-15, lance, sword… ALL ARMS. ALL forms of armament.
Why? Because some people may not be able to afford a firearm, that’s why.
“In 1623, Virginia forbade its colonists to travel unless they were “well armed”; in 1631 it required colonists to engage in target practice on Sunday and to “bring their peeces to church.”26 In 1658 it required every householder to have a functioning firearm within his house and in 1673 its laws provided that a citizen who claimed he was too poor to purchase a firearm would have one purchased for him by the government, which would then require him to pay a reasonable price when able to do so” (Note 1).
As I mentioned before, the article is chock full of liberal bias
- William Hening, The Statutes at Large: Being a Collection of All the Laws of Virginia from the First Session of the Legislature in 1619, at pp. 127, 173-74 (New York, 1823), as referenced in the 1982 Congressional Report on the Right to Keep and Bear Arms.