First of all, let me state that whoever wrote this piece, https://independentcy.com/2018/02/15/when-the-constitution-fails/, is a coward. Like many hit-n-run pseudo-intellectuals that blog here, they use some made up moniker in place of their actual identity. Unlike me, who isn’t afraid of anyone’s slings or arrows. But this piece is completely anonymous which is the way of the coward.
Whoever wrote this piece has the most shallow understanding of this great nation’s founding documents, the historical context of the role of guns in our history, the role of law enforcement, and the stupidity…er, inability to research basic historical FACTS with regards to what happens in societies when the populace is disarmed by ANY government. Mr./Mrs./Ze/Xi…etc, (However this dimwit describes themselves) states many wrong “facts.” Here is a taste:
“Today, as has been the case for at least 100 or more years, the idea that we are going to rise up as a citizenry to a tyrannical government (i.e. the United States government) is laughable. As a citizen, you can own as many assault rifles as you want, and that battle will last about 5 minutes.”
Really? How long did the Viet Cong last against the strongest military in the world? They kicked the asses of the French and drove the U.S. (Even though we Won), into a Peace Settlement. Nearly a twenty-year fight a with TWO world powers and we walked away. Where is your “logic” when placed into historical perspective? We WON the war with the British for independence. A bunch of pitchfork-wielding farmers went up against, at that time, the most powerful military in the world and we kicked ass. If you had any actual military training and warfare education, you wouldn’t make such an assinine statement.
“After that, the 2nd Amendment doesn’t provide for anything else. It does not reference self-protection, nor property protection. It does not reference hunting. In fact, nowhere in the entire Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the Declaration of Independence, or in any other founding document will you find a reference to shooting a home invader or a mugger, deer season, or target shooting.”
Not only do you misinterpret the Second Amendment and it’s purpose, you have ZERO understanding of the Bill of Rights. Removal of the Second Amendment would change Nothing in regards to the Right of self-defense. The Bill of Rights is a list of “Negative Rights.” That is, a “negative right“, requires the Government to abstain from interfering with your actions as codified in the Bill of Rights. In other words, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights places restrictions on the GOVERNMENT, not the Governed. The Bill of Rights only codifies (places into writing…for those of you with a limited vocabulary), Our God or Naturally given Right to self-preservation or “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness…” Note, not the guarantee of any of the aforementioned. Of all of the Rights listed in the Bill of Rights, the Second IS the most important. Without that Specific Right, none of the other Rights could be defended by the populace.
And yes, you are correct with reference to the absence of the “Right” to shoot a mugger, home invader, or sporting activities being in the Bill of Rights. However, if you didn’t have a gun in your home, you could be killed by a criminal, a wild animal, and, you would most assuredly STARVE to death as there were no grocery stores! As stated above, it was and is still a given that you have the Right to defend your life and property under the Second Amendment as numerous Court decisions have stated. The Main purpose of the Second Amendment serves as a Warning to any government that The People have the Right to shoot at the government when it oversteps its Constitutional Restraints.
And, the Anonymous “brain-trust” continues…
“If you have some internal need to possess a gun, join the police force or join the military. Use your gun for a higher purpose. If you believe in law enforcement and support them the way so many say they do, then make their job safer and easier…”
Any freshman year Criminal Justice major knows better than this. There has been Numerous State and Federal Courts to include the Supreme Court that has found that a…”fundamental principle of American law that a government and its agents are under no general duty to provide public services, such as police protection, to any individual citizen.” Warren v. District of Columbia, 444 A.2d 1 (D.C. Ct. of Ap., 1981) There are many such decisions that you can find through any Lexis/Nexis legal search. One must depend on self-reliance for self-defense as police protection is not a Right of The People. It may be cliche’, but, it’s a truism…When seconds count, the police are only minutes or hours away. If, they even show up at all.
“And even if, you or I end up being a tragic story where a criminal with a gun kills us because we did not have a gun to defend ourselves, our right to have that gun does NOT justify putting every single person in this country at risk while they do nothing more than go about their business of going to school, going to work, going dancing, going to a concert, or simply driving down the road.”
Spoken like a true martyr. You have the Right to allow yourself or a loved one to be killed in the name of your self-righteous pomposity. However, I’ll stick with my Right, my Duty to my family and to God to defend my life and/or the lives of other innocent parties. None of my firearms/guns put anyone at risk. One’s unlawful/criminal acts place them at risk. Trust me. If I shoot some dumb-ass, it will be because they desperately deserve the bullet I send their way. Your scenario(s) that you drivel on about “what if you wait…blah, blah, blah…” is complete bullshit. Tens-of-Millions of The People carry firearms in this country every day. And, there are (see FBI UCR and other police reports), literally somewhere around Two million Defensive uses of firearms every year, most of which resulted in NO shots being fired. The mere presence of a known firearm deterred many criminals from completing a criminal act(s).
So, please take your insufferable and pathetic opinion, devoid of actual facts or actual research, and leave this Representative Republic for a more gun unfriendly regime like North Korea. Through your own words, it is apparent that you would enjoy living in a police state. And, please, STOP posting your pseudo-intellectual bullshit.