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Keep and Bear Arms

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A lot of politicians defend the second amendment by stating that it is important for sportsmen and hunters.

While this is true, the intention of the 2nd Amendment was to:

prevent infringement of citizens having the means to enforce their own self defense*, and to establish an armed public as the ultimate check against an oppressive government, foreign or domestic.

(* A Right.  Rights do not come from any piece of paper; they are inherent in every human being.  The Bill of Rights is a list of things government cannot do to your rights.)

Some say, “That can never happen here!” In Germany in the 1930's, Adolph Hitler disarmed the population in the name of peace and security. At the time, the German people were highly educated, and they fell for this. They allowed it to happen.

Another benefit of keeping and bearing arms is that it deters crime. In Florida, after widespread concealed carry, crime went down. Multitudes of gun-control laws, which leave innocent law-abiding citizens defenseless against criminals who don’t care about the restrictions, actually increase crime.

Another benefit is hunting. But the main purpose is self defense and guarding against an oppressive government.

The Supreme Court this year ruled that the second amendment was an individual right, and that is a good thing, if not an obvious notation. However, they also said that reasonable restrictions may be allowed. This was a major mistake because the politicians have very different ideas on what is a “reasonable restriction”.

From “The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed”, they drew “reasonable restrictions allowed”. Confused?

What is even more disturbing is that it was a 5 to 4 decision. 5 to 4! Four supreme court justices ruled against this lukewarm decision. They dishonestly ignored the well documented intentions of the founding fathers and decided it was a collective right. Of course there is no such thing as a collective right. Only individuals have rights. This seems like grounds for removal from office of four Supreme Court justices.

Government run schools are teaching our children lies. They spew the collective right nonsense and say the second amendment is irrelevant now that we have the National Guard, but again, the intentions of the founding fathers are well documented. This displays that certain people who do not have the political clout to pass a constitutional amendment for their cause will just rewrite history, and/or get judges to interpret the Constitution to say what they want.


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