“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 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution does not grant Americans any rights. Nor, for that matter, does the Constitution itself grant Americans any rights. What the Constitution does is carve into the granite of American law the “unalienable rights” granted humans by God, our Creator. Among those rights – stated clearly in the Declaration of Independence – are life, liberty (personal freedom) and the pursuit of happiness (to America’s Founders that meant private property).
Because those rights come from our Creator and are “unalienable,” they are rights which no government has any authority to control, much less take away. Government’s job under the Constitution – its only job – is to protect those rights. While the stated purpose of the 2nd Amendment is for the “Militia” to protect “the security of a free state,” it effectively writes into American law our God-given right to protect our lives, freedom and property from any unlawful threat. An “unalienable” right granted by God allows us to protect ourselves not only from the unconstitutional and illegal actions of federal authorities but of state and local governments and individuals as well.
God’s law is the foundation of and justification for not only the Declaration and Constitution but all of America’s laws. Our Founders believed that to be just, any law created by man must comply with the law of God. That raises questions about many laws Americans now are forced to observe, laws ruled “constitutional” by various courts.
The Constitution not only is the bedrock of American law, it is law. The document ratified by the States says in very plain language that, “This Constitution…shall be the supreme Law of the Land.” Note the word “shall.” In American law, “shall” and “shall not” have absolute meaning. If a law contains the word “shall” in reference to a specific requirement of that law, it is a mandate and must be complied with – there are no exceptions. Or if a law contains the words “shall not” in that context, it too is a mandate which must be obeyed – no exceptions.
Read more at HarryBeadle.net. By Harry Beadle.
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