Why does the 2nd Amendment mean so much to our freedom to purchase all legal weapons today?
Compare the 2nd Amendment with the ‘Oath of Office for the President'(Article II, Section I, U.S Constitution).
The 2nd Amendment reads as follows…
“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
The Oath of Office for the President(Article II, Section I, U.S Constitution) reads as follows…
“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
If President Obama is making statements regarding putting an infringement on the 2nd Amendment then he is in violation of his sworn oath to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” Restricting the purchase of guns is an affront to our Constitutional rights as is restricting the avenues by which we can purchase ammunition.
Furthermore, a spurious term like “assault weapons” is nothing more than an assault on the sensibilities of every American. It is a term not recognized by the gun industry for the production of guns, rather it was a term used in the 1994 “Assault Weapons Ban” and was an all-encompassing term for anything that looks scary. The truth of the matter is that the ambiguous nature of that term is designed to instill further fear amongst those who don’t own or have familiarity with guns. Remember, we all tend to fear that which we don’t know.
If we allow the government to restrict rights which we all have just because we don’t understand something or we have an irrational fear of something, then we are paving the way to allow more rights to be removed. Once the government is in the habit of controlling our lives to the extent of removing Constitutional rights, what is to stop them from removing rights that you personally enjoy? You may stand with the gun-control advocates on the left when it comes to guns but what happens when we elect a President on the right? What if a Republican wants to eliminate or restrict activities that you enjoy? See, he/she can do that because we have established a government practice of stripping away our rights as THEY see fit, didn’t we? America is a compromise in the sense that we agree to accept the rights of others whether we agree with them or not provided that they don’t interfere with our personal right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”.
This is a long ways away from many of the other issues on the forefront of the news headlines(Chick-Fil-A) in that no one is attempting to restrict anyone from anything unlike the current push that our government is doing to restrict ALL OF US from enjoying a 2nd Amendment right. We must familiarize ourselves with what the government seeks to restrict us from… it isn’t as scary as what happens when the government has all of the rights and we have none.