It is my firm belief that it is the individual citizen’s right to keep and bear arms. For a long time people trying to advance a big government agenda have pushed for restrictions on magazine sizes, types of firearms that should be owned, and many other overreaching policies that would impact our lives as American citizens.
The thing about the second amendment is simple; it is plain English. The end of the amendment says “shall not be infringed” and that sends a pretty clear message that nothing can be done to restrict a law abiding citizen from being able to own, operate, and keep in their possession a firearm.
I happen to own several firearms myself, and would have it no other way. I even started a business where a key theme is teaching classes on the proper use of firearms, with real life scenarios one may face in the real world where a firearm may need to be implemented.
The right to keep and bear arms goes far beyond hunting, and far beyond protecting yourself from a home invader; it is your right to protect yourself from a government becoming tyrannical. The Founding Fathers faced in their life time what the true depth of the necessity to be able to have access to a personal firearm when we declared ourselves independent of British rule. They were great studies of history, and one pattern observed, was that citizens of a country were often disarmed before an absolute tyranny became imposed.
Many proponents of gun control laws state that they are for our own safety, and they use colorful terms and great sounding rhetorical speeches. They emphasis tragedies, and play to the emotions of good natured American citizens. However, in every case that can be demonstrated, the objective of legislating away the right to arms has never been about safety, but about control.
Even this President sits there and states that we need common sense gun measures put in place, but what he wants has nothing to do with the safety he speaks of wanting. There is not one measure of legislation that can prevent a violent person from acting in a violent manner. That is the real issue.
We have become a nation fixated on the violence, and the value of life is no longer taught. This can be demonstrated with the difference between liberal areas in this country and more conservative areas. There are far fewer deaths as a result of violence in areas that tend to be more religious and gun friendly, because there is an appreciation of life taught. It is part of the make up of these types of areas. It is not so in the more liberal areas where the destruction of the family unit is a seemingly, ever growing goal. Places where you can have abortions on demand. Places with little parental involvement.
The key to solving the issues is not to ban a gun, or the amount of ammunition a magazine can hold, but to reach out to broken communities with hope, faith, and love to show them what it is to be American. Outreach programs that demonstrate responsibility, values, and respect for all things (but especially life). That is how we combat the violence.
Firearms are a lifeblood of many in this country, including me. We cannot afford to have only those who will follow the law give up their means of defending their lives, their liberty, and ensuring their pursuits of happiness.