The bodies of the Roseburg, Oregon, mass shooting victims weren’t even cold (quite literally) before Barack Obama raced to the podium demanding more gun control laws, even suggesting it was time for the U.S. government to confiscate firearms. Media outlets were immediately flooded with talkingheads aping Obama’s appeal to ignorance.
Leftist sycophant Linda Valdez, writing in the Arizona Republic, declared it’s time to get rid of the Second Amendment because it’s not working. She wailed, “It’s killing us. It’s turning grade schools and college campuses into slaughter houses.” But her most ignorant assertion was this: “Other rights have reasonable limits that can be discussed and accommodated. The Second Amendment has been turned into the supreme law of the land.”
Liberals condescendingly tell us if we don’t like abortions not to have them, but no such standard applies to gun ownership. They tell us Republicans should stop trying to repeal ObamaCare because is “settled law,” yet they have no such respect for the “settled law” of the Second Amendment — a natural, God-given right enshrined in the Bill of Rights for more than two centuries.
Contrary to the Left’s revisionism, the Second Amendment was not included in the Bill of Rights in order to protect the rights of hunters or sports shooters, or even to protect us from the criminal elements of society. It was enshrined in that sacred document to protect us from a far more dangerous entity: our own government.
George Mason, among the most distinguished of the Founding Fathers, explained the necessity of this protected right as he spoke to the delegates of the Virginia convention for the ratification of the Constitution. He said, “[W]hen the resolution of enslaving America was formed in Great Britain, the British Parliament was advised by an artful man, — who was governor of Pennsylvania, to disarm the people; that it was the best and most effectual way to enslave them; but that they should not do it openly, but weaken them, and let them sink gradually, by totally disusing and neglecting the militia.”
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