It’s about God-given, Constitutionally-recognized and protected rights, not merely guns.
Here’s the question:
Pretty much. It’s not what you own. It’s what you do with it.
And the Second Amendment says “…the right to keep and bear ARMS,” of which firearms are only a part. Cannon are ARMS. Knives, swords and lances are ARMS. Tanks are ARMS. If someone has a billion dollars and they want to restore a battleship, then by God, our Constitution says, “The right of the people to keep and bear ARMS SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED.”
“SHALL NOT” is not a suggestion. It’s not a guideline.
It’s an ABSOLUTE IMPERATIVE agreed upon by our Founding Fathers in order to avoid any semblance of the slippery slope of government control over the right of the people to manage not only their own affairs but also their collection affairs i.e. the government itself. As Abraham Lincoln stated in his Gettysburg Address: “We here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
We the People are not “subjects.” This is OUR nation. Elected officials merely manage certain necessary functions for us at OUR bidding. If We the People so choose, those officials are either not reelected, and if their sins are egregious, they are REMOVED.
A bit more background: “The United States Bill of Rights comprises the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution. Proposed following the often bitter 1787–88 debate over the ratification of the Constitution, and written to address the objections raised by Anti-Federalists, the Bill of Rights amendments add to the Constitution specific guarantees of personal freedoms and rights, clear limitations on the government’s power in judicial and other proceedings, and explicit declarations that all powers not specifically granted to the U.S. Congress by the Constitution are reserved for the states or the people. The concepts codified in these amendments are built upon those found in earlier documents, especially the Virginia Declaration of Rights (1776), as well as the English Bill of Rights (1689) and the Magna Carta (1215).” – Wikipedia
Over the last eleven years, I’ve reviewed most federal and Supreme Court cases with respect to gun control. I’ve found that that ALL decisions (with one exception) VIOLATE our God-given, Constitutionally-recognized right to keep and bear arms. The sole exception involves people who are incapable of complying with the law, and that breaks down into three categories: 1. The insane. 2. Violent criminals. 3. The incarcerated.
All other infringements on the right of the people to keep and bear arms are Constitutionally UNLAWFUL.
THAT’S how Pro-Constitution I am. Naturally, as the Constitution specifically and emphatically bars any and all infringements against the right of the people to keep (own/possess) and bear (carry) arms, I’m fairly pro-gun, too.