The 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
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 Preamble to the Declaration of Independence.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.
Here is a transcript of a letter I submitted to my elected officials concerning the debate over gun rights.
Dear _____________ ,
I am writing to you concerning the various efforts underway to legislate my ability to own a gun. Thomas Jefferson wrote in the Declaration of Independence that we are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights, the right to life included. That should end the debate right there. Gun ownership to protect ones right to life is not a 2nd Amendment issue. The right to life is granted by our Creator and cannot be extended nor denied by government. The Bill of Rights serves to ensure that government does not infringe upon my unalienable rights.
Government has absolutely no authority to dictate how I choose to exercise my right so long as in doing so, I don’t infringe upon any other person’s ability to exercise their right. The debate over the interpretation of the 2nd Amendment has always been the right to bear arms as an individual or as part of a well-regulated militia. A right to bear arms as an individual can have a multitude of interpretations, however, they are exclusive of the unalienable right to life granted and guaranteed by the Creator.
The debates over gun rights are two separate and exclusive debates. The interpretation of the 2nd Amendment should have no bearing on defending ones right to life and vice-versa. The method I choose to defend my life is entirely mine. Restricting personal gun ownership in any manner under the interpretation of the 2nd Amendment can NOT infringe upon my choice for self-defense. The Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights all serve to affirm that government will never infringe upon any unalienable right.
We have allowed the anti-gun lobby to create a strawman argument over gun control. My right to life is not a Constitutional issue so the attacks on the 2nd Amendment are irrelevant accordingly. Yet that is where the public debate is centered today. You could repeal the entire 2nd Amendment and that would in no way lessen my unalienable right to own a gun for the protection of my life.
This has been the mistake of all the stakeholders in defending our rights against the anti-gun crowd. We have allowed them to choose the battleground for debate. There is no debate when it comes to unalienable rights.
We need you and your fellow members to engage the public with a heavy dose of education as to the merits of this debate. They need to be aware that this is not a 2nd Amendment debate at all.
When we allow the enemies of the Constitution to set the ground rules, they control the debate. Americans must defend their unalienable rights with complete conviction and not waver under emotional responses to people who are evil and commit evil acts. Allowing the anti-gun crowd to create confusion over the interpretation of the 2nd Amendment is a diversionary tactic to strip away your rights under false pretenses.
Hopefully I have made my point completely clear. Owning a gun for self-defense is not a 2nd Amendment issue at all. It is an unalienable right and cannot be taken away by any government. Ever.