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February 3, 2013

A commentary on the Second Amendment

By R.D. SKIDMORE

Everyone with an ounce of compassion detests seeing families destroyed and innocent children sacrificed as we witnessed at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The argument that reducing the number of guns produces a safer society beguiles the public, promotes politicians and fails to hold wicked people accountable for their actions.

While gun rights supporters assert that the constitutional Second Amendment right of the people to keep and bear arms is an inalienable individual right just as freedom of speech or religion, and confirmed by the our Supreme Court, gun opponents assert this right pertains only to collective bodies such as the militia, the military, police or National Guard.

The Washington Post states: “[T]he sale, manufacture, and possession of handguns ought to be banned…[W]e do not believe the 2nd Amendment guarantees an individual right to keep them.”

Gun opponents frequently utilize highly publicized, tragic instances of violence to fortify their confiscation argument saying that guns should be left only in the hands of “professionals.” California Sen. Diane Feinstein (D) has presented legislation to outlaw 157 firearms. The ACLU, supports Senator Feinstein, and has stated “[T]he individual’s right to bear arms applies only to the preservation or efficiency of a ‘well-regulated militia.’” Except for lawful police and military purposes, the possession of weapons by individuals is not constitutionally protected.”

Yet, disarming innocent people does not make innocent people safer.

Cabinet Secretary of Education Arne Duncan even prefers to abandon our constitution, stating in a speech given at a Washington D.C. elementary school that, “We have common values that go far beyond the Constitutional right to bear arms.”

The founders of this nation understood that there exists individual inalienable rights and our American government was formed with the sole purpose of safeguarding those inalienable rights. As a nation we are unique in this purpose for government, and the Founders demanded that all office holders swear an oath to ‘protect and defend’ these rights enumerated in our Constitution.

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