Gun rights: safe and sound, now and forever

Yep, you read that right. I am categorically declaring that an Obama/Biden presidency (with the HopeadChange™ Anti-Gun Dream Team cabinet and staff), combined with Democratic hegemony in Congress, is no threat to gun rights–and I’m not being sarcastic.

I have also not taken leave of my senses. Before you dispute that assertion, you need to understand what I am not saying. I don’t, for example, deny that the Obammuist and his acolytes want to implement every restrictive gun law they can–they have left no doubt that they do. Nor am I claiming that they’ll necessarily be prevented from putting in place the most draconian gun restrictions in our nation’s history–I think there’s a good chance they’ll have the power to do just that.

What I am saying is that, their wishes notwithstanding, our gun rights are beyond their filthy reach. That’s why, after all, they’re called rights–if they could be taken away at the whim of the government, they would be privileges. Whatever executive orders Obama signs (and are upheld), whatever laws Congress passes, whatever decisions the Supreme Court hands down, whatever U.N. treaties are signed and ratified, our Constitutionally guaranteed, fundamental human right of the individual to keep and bear arms will remain.

Granted, the “Constitutionally guaranteed” part isn’t necessarily forever (although I don’t see it going anywhere anytime soon)–any Constitutional amendment, even one that is part of the Bill of Rights, can be repealed. As I said, I don’t find that very likely, but in terms of what rights we have, even the repeal of the Second Amendment wouldn’t matter. As the Supreme Court said in the United States v. Cruikshank decision:

The right to bear arms is not granted by the Constitution; neither is it in any manner dependent upon that instrument for its existence.

Many refer to the right to keep and bear arms as “God given,” although those of a less religious persuasion might prefer to call it a “natural” right. In practical terms, the distinction doesn’t really matter–the upshot is that the right is not the government’s to either grant or rescind.

Obama and his minions can perhaps turn us into “criminals” (or even “homegrown terrorists“), but they cannot take our rights, and if we are to be worthy of those rights, nor can they take our guns–not, at any rate, while our hands are warm and living.

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One Response to “Gun rights: safe and sound, now and forever”

  1. AlanR Says:

    any Constitutional amendment, even one that is part of the Bill of Rights, can be repealed.

    In my opinion, not without invalidating the Constitution itself. Incusion of a bill of rights was a condition of ratification of the Constitution for Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Virginia and New York. The first ten amendments are the bill of rights that was approved.

    That said, I wholly agree with your point that repeal of the Second Amendment would have zero effect on the right it supposedly protects from the government.

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