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Once again, our nation has been rocked and
shocked by the utterly senseless killing of concert attendees at a live country
and western shindig last weekend. Such villainy should cause every American to
pause and ask how it is that our nation has arrived at a point where wanton
killing is reluctantly embraced as the norm.
A brief, succinct answer would be centered around
the devaluing of life – human life in particular. Make no mistake! We have
become numb to the gruesome reality of a million babies aborted in the United
States every year. You can bet we have lost the key ingredient in valuing human
life. That key ingredient is that God is the Creator of all life.
If we fall into the trap of excluding God from
our appreciation of life, then we will, by default, have a view of life that is
less than the view that God holds. Thus, we proceed on the slippery slope of
man’s degenerating opinion of life, and our inability to see some life as
worthy, and other life as unworthy, or even unnecessary or inconvenient.
If there is one conclusion that is easily drawn
from the most cursory of analyses concerning the Constitution and the Bill of
Rights, it is that God is supreme, and all human life is precious. The authors
of the Constitution intended it to be clear from the outset, despite the
practice of slavery at the time of the formation of the nation.
The 2nd Amendment is a lightning rod
issue, causing debate from kitchen tables to the Supreme Court, running the
emotional gamut often with a ferocious intensity.
So, why did the Founding Fathers make this 2nd
Amendment? Quite simply, to put into the hands of these new American citizens
in the 1780s the awesome responsibility of governing themselves by creating a
government that was answerable to “We the People”, and not the other way
Roots in Ripon - Author Chuck Roots
Those British subjects who inhabited the New
World known as America, felt the ever-oppressive hand of the entrenched
monarchy thousands of miles across the Atlantic, treating these colonists as
vassals who were not worthy of plotting the course of their own lives without
the heavy-handed dictatorial rule of a king or queen. It was considered an
absurdity to allow people to self-govern. Such umbrage! Such cheekiness!
If this new nation was to survive to rule itself,
free from the dictates of British oversight and control, then all Americans
would need to be able to band together to resist by force, if necessary, the
unwelcomed imposition of an overbearing government, whether it came from across
the sea, or was home-grown right here in America.
What exactly does the 2nd Amendment
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.”
is “a well regulated militia”? There are three definitions in the dictionary.
1. It is “an army composed of ordinary
citizens rather than professional soldiers.” 2. It is “a military force that is not part of a regular army and is subject to
call for service in an emergency.” 3. It is “the whole body of physically fit civilians eligible by law for
the militia is meant to be used in order to secure that the State (Nation, if
you will) is kept free from enemies, both foreign and domestic. A people
desiring to be free must be willing to defend that freedom. Why? Because, as
history has abundantly proven, there is always someone, or some other nation
that wants to take away your freedom.
how do we keep this free State free, safe and secure? By giving the people of
that State the right to keep and bear arms. Simply put, as a freedom-loving
American, I have every right, as provided by the Constitution and through
common sense, to keep and bear arms. If there are bad people seeking to enslave
me by removing the primary means to fight back against a tyrant or tyrannical
government, then I will fight them.
what does “shall not be infringed” mean? Once again, the dictionary definition
of infringe makes it pretty clear. Infringe means “to transgress or exceed the limits of; to violate; to defeat, or
invalidate; to encroach on someone or something.”
2nd Amendment says nothing about people having the right to own a
gun for hunting or sport shooting. It is all about defending yourself and your
family in concert with other Americans who may feel they are threatened, or are
in reality threatened, by using a weapon to protect life
isn’t it interesting that the 2nd Amendment does not mention guns,
but instead mentions “arms”? Guns, in one fashion or another, have been around
this old world for 700 years.
week I will continue on this topic and how the argument for further gun control
is nothing more than smoke and mirrors. The real issue is not the physical
presence of guns and the specious arguments calling for stricter laws. The
issue is evil in the hearts of some people who want to kill other people by
whatever means possible.