THE 2ND AND THE CONSTITUTION
The vast majority of people who believe that the government has the right to regulate gun ownership by passing new laws ... have a poor understanding of our Constitution!
Most of the arguments about the Second Amendment ... made by both sides, revolve around a single assumption - that the Second Amendment grants a citizen the right to bear arms.
What both sides fail to understand is that the Second Amendment grants no such right, in fact, the Constitution grants no rights at all!
What the Constitution does do is identify what powers the people grant to the government.
This is the whole purpose of the Constitution - to tell the government what it can and cannot do, our Constitution is a limit on government.
That is why Marxists, Socialist, Progressive Democrats, et al. have such a disdain for our Constitution ...
It is a limitation on Government not a limitation on We The People.
Read the Second Amendment closely.
Nowhere does it state that the people have a right to bear arms but rather that the government cannot infringe on that right.
The framers of our Constitution believed that our right to bear arms is a natural right , not a right to be given to us by government.
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.
That’s it, that is the whole 2nd Amendment.
Where does it say that the government gives us any right?
It doesn’t, it only says that the government cannot infringe on this right.
And when the often used argument arises that we will all be safer if we pass (another) gun law .. I am reminded on how our nations leading members at the time would respond to that ..
"No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.”
(Thomas Jefferson, Virginia Constitution, Draft 1, 1776)
"I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery".
(Thomas Jefferson, letter to James Madison, January 30, 1787)
(Put another way: I prefer the tumult of liberty to the quiet of servitude..)
“Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed, as they are in almost every country in Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops.”
(Noah Webster, An Examination of the Leading Principles of the Federal Constitution, October 10, 1787)
“The Constitution shall never be construed to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms.”
(Samuel Adams, Massachusetts Ratifying Convention, 1788)
There are a ton more references that can be found but I'll close with the following ...
Today, when a concerted effort is made to obliterate this point, it cannot be repeated too often that the Constitution is a limitation on the government, not on private individuals- that it does not prescribe the conduct of private individuals, only the conduct of the government- that it is not a charter for government power, but a charter of the citizen’s protection against the government.