Yesterday, I asked my father a provocative question in regards to gun rights, and his response was one that embodied his immigrant experience that a large majority of anti-gun advocate within this nation CANNOT encapsulate. In a rough translation, he said that the individual citizen should have the right to bear arms not only for his/her own protection, but to protect themselves from any unjust transgression, either forced upon on their being or their human rights by the government and any extensions of the government. Lastly, he alluded to Mexico, their national ban of firearms, and the citizens inability to protect themselves from government mistreatment and cartel hostility, as the prime example.
VIDEO: Bill Whittle gives the best explanation of the 2nd Amendment's text you'll ever hear
Does the phrase “a well regulated militia” restrict individuals not belonging to a militia from keeping and bearing arms? That’s what liberal progressives would lead you to believe. They routinely re-write the Constitution’s 2nd Amendment for their own political purposes and completely ignore the original meaning of Constitution.
Bill Whittle explains that not only is the liberal “militia-only” interpretation completely counter to the Founding Father’s intentions, it doesn’t even make sense if you break the sentence down grammatically.
A well-schooled electorate, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and read books shall not be infringed. Does that mean that only a well-schooled electorate –high school graduates, say– are the only ones with the right to keep and read books?
Just look at those two sentences above? That is the most concise and perfect rebuttal to the liberal “militia-only” argument I have ever heard. It is brilliant in its simplicity.
If you’ve know somebody who doesn’t seem to understand the 2nd Amendment or could use a little extra ammunition when defending it, feel free to send share this page with them.
On January 25, 1790, President George Washington forwarded copies of a letter from the Governor of Maryland and an act from the Maryland legislature ratifying all twelve articles in the Bill of Rights.
Maryland was the 2nd state to ratify amendments to the Constitution. The Bill of Rights officially became part of the Constitution on December 15, 1791 when three-fourths of the states ratified articles three through twelve.
Maryland’s Ratification of the Bill of Rights, 1/25/1790, SEN 1A-E2, Records of the U.S. Senate
As it turns out, the judge who bent over backwards to keep noted wife-beater Ray Rice out of jail, is the same judge who has refused to dismiss the charges against Shaneen Allen, a Pennsylvania woman who was arrested for having a gun in her car while she was in it. Rice will get no jail time for knocking out his wife, but Allen will go to jail for 3.5 years for exercising one of her Constitutional rights.
When Ray Rice beat his wife unconscious in an elevator, New Jersey Superior Court Judge Michael Donio and New Jersey District Attorney Jim McClain agreed to put him in a diversion program for 1st-time offenders to keep him out of jail. But when Pennsylvania single mom Shaneen Allen was pulled over for a traffic violation and volunteered to a New Jersey police officer that she was carrying a legally-owned handgun with a Pennsylvania permit, the response of Donis and McClain was to deny her the same opportunity as Rice.
Allen lives in Philadelphia, right across the river from New Jersey. She has a Pennsylvania permit to carry a handgun. She thought it was recognized in New Jersey, just as it is recognized in over 30 other states. She was wrong. When she told the officer that she had the gun, she was arrested.
Now she faces a felony conviction and a mandatory 42 months in prison. Both Donio and McClain have been unwilling to dismiss the charges, or send Allen to a pretrial diversion program. They seem to want to make an example of her.
The problem is, she’s being punished for something the Constitution says – and the Supreme Court has agreed – is a constitutional right. And the super-stiff penalties and abusive prosecution she’s experiencing are pretty clearly intended to chill people from exercising that right.