Our RIGHT to keep and bear arms is an inalienable right. It was first recognized as such in our Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
We have an inalienable right to life! But our Declaration of Independence doesn’t stop there:
“…–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men…”
Thus, our government’s purpose is to SECURE our rights, not take them away.
“…deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…”
All power in our Federal Government government comes not by virtue of any inherent power in and of itself, bu strictly and only by the consent of the governed. That’s us, people! WE THE PEOPLE are in power and authority over our government, not the other way around. That’s why they’re called “public servants,” not “rulers.” They serve us. Many of those in Washington, however, have forgotten this, but that’s a topic for another post…
“–That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends…”
If our government attempts to restrict or abolish our rights, thay have become destructive to these ends i.e. the ends of SECURING our rights, instead of trying to take them away.
“it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”
When our government fails, as it clearly has, it is our right to alter or abolish it in order to effect our Safety and our Happiness. FBI crime stats undeniably prove that an armed general populace is a safe populace. I and 150 million other American gun owners are neither safe nor happy without our firearms.
This message doesn’t stop at the Declaration of Independence, though. It continues in our Constitution, beginning with its preamble: “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
Of what benefit is an armed general populace, where honest, law-abiding citizens are armed? First, we form the basis for our common defense. Secondly, it is we, being “necessary to the security of a free state,” who “secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.” Even today, with a thoroughly modern police force, more than 50% of crime is stopped by citizens, and two-thirds of that by an armed citizen. That’s WHY our Constitution was established – to secure the safety of the American People. The right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness form the cornerstone of the Constitution, just as the Constitution is the cornerstone of all laws and our system of justice in these United States of America.
Our Founding Fathers didn’t stop there. They were concerned that perhaps they hadn’t made themselves clear enough, so they cleared their collective throats a third and final time, and produced the Bill of Rights. It’s not a Bill of “privileges.” Ours is a Bill of RIGHTS, second of which states: “…the RIGHT of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” Both the Founding Fathers themselves as well as the 1982 Congressional Report on the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (U.S. Gov’t. Printing Office document 88-618 0) firmly state this is an individual right, and not limited to “carrying inside one’s own home” as the Supreme Court so ridiculously weaseled on during both Heller and McDonald. Nevertheless, in both those decisions, even they reaffirmed our right to keep and bear arms is an individual right.
In light of the above, the message is clear: We were designed to be an armed nation, and we are an armed nation. It is our in alienable right, as firmly established by the many writings of our Founding Fathers, our Declaration of Independence, our Constitution, our Bill of Rights, Congressional Reports, and U.S. Supreme Court Decisions. I’ve thoroughly covered whether or not that’s a good thing in previous posts, but in summary, yes, it’s a very good thing. Unless, of course, you enjoy living in a high crime/”gun free zones” like Chicago, Detroit, or Washington D.C. Frankly, I do not. I prefer to keep crime as low as possible, and our armed general populace excels at this task.