The Second Amendment, and Your Rights.
Your gun rights are under attack! Many politicians and dangerous extremists are closing in to take your rights away. Those of us who do not take the time to follow and understand the steps being taken to take away any right are at fault. Following both California and federal anti-gun bills, and the proposed legislations right now is critical if you wish to keep your rights. Equally important is to make your voice heard. Contact your legislative representatives and ask them to vote NO on anti-gun bills before they become law. You CAN make a difference!
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As a result of the mass shootings and it being a critical election year, there are many attempts to interrupt the Second Amendment. Ratified in December 1791, the Second Amendment reads:
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 original intent and purpose of the Second Amendment was to preserve and guarantee, not grant, the pre-existing right of individuals to keep and bear arms.
Definition of Militia 1. A military force that is raised from the civil population to supplement a regular army in an emergency. 2. A military force that engages in rebel or terrorist activities, typically in opposition to a regular army. 3. A regular army in an emergency. 4. All able-bodied civilians eligible by law for military service.
The term Militia is complex and has transformed over time. Historically, it was used to describe all able-bodied men who were not members of uniformed services (army, navy, etc.). Article II, Section 2, of the Constitution states, “The President shall be commander in chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the militia of the several states, when called into actual service of the United States…” implying that the “actual service” is when in uniform and the “militia of the several states” are the people.
Today there are opposing interpretations of the Second Amendment. The “individual right theory” believes that the phrase “ the right to keep and bear Arms” creates an individual right of citizens of the United States to purchase and own firearms. Under this theory, the Constitution restricts legislative bodies from prohibiting firearm possession.
The “collective rights theory” believes that the phrase “ a well regulated militia” limits Congress from legislating away a state’s right to self-defense and that citizens do not have a right to possess firearms, leaving legislative bodies the authority to regulate firearms without infringing on the peoples constitutional right.
The Constitution, which was created by the people to grant rights to citizens of the United States for common good states:
We the of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
The Bill of Rights was drafted to create greater constitutional protection for individual liberties, listing specific prohibitions on government power. (The Bill of Rights is a collective name for the first ten amendments of the United States Constitution. It was passed on September 25, 1789. It is a list of limits on government power; and it has been ratified many times from 1795-1992).
For example, the natural right of individuals to speak and worship freely was protected by the First Amendment’s prohibitions on Congress from making laws establishing a religion or abridging freedom of speech. Another example, the natural right to be free from unreasonable government intrusion in one’s home was safeguarded by the Fourth Amendment’s warrant requirements ; its ultimate goal, to protect peoples right to privacy.
The Bill of Rights is the very Constitution that the President of the United States is sworn to protect. Before entering office, the President shall promise the citizens of the United States:
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.
Yet, everyday the government takes steps to dissolve your right to “keep and bear Arms.” A President pushing for gun control is breaking their oath to the American people. And, in many ways we are letting this happen.
Make your voice heard, call your legislatures, and request them to vote no on anti-gun bills. Most importantly, register to vote and VOTE, as this November election is critical to maintaining your Second Amendment right.
For information on how to register to vote visit Gun Vote’s website: www.gunvote.org. For detailed information of anti-gun bills visit the California Rifle and Pistol Association (CRPA) or NRA websites: www.crpa.org or www.nra.org.