On May 15, I blogged some questions regarding gun control as it relates to the Second Amendment of the Constitution. I did get some reasonable and well stated responses. After mulling over the problem and listening to some arguments I need to revisit this issue.
First, there is no denying that the II Amendments exists and it is the law of the land. It reads as follows: “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.” If one were to interpret militia as army, still “the people” cannot be interpreted as the military force. The definition of “militia” is “civilians trained as soldiers but not part of the regular army.” That is a googled definition. My ancient and “archaic” Webster’s says, – as applied to the U.S. “all able bodied male citizens between 18 and 45 who are not members of National Guard and of the Reserves …constitute the organized militia,—- all others the unorganized militia.
It seems to me that “infringed” means it shall not be broken or even weakened. That has been done and is being done by Congress. I know nothing about guns but I think making certain ones illegal would be infringing on the amendment. Many say certain guns are okay for hobbies and hunting and even for personal safety, but there is no need for “big” weapons. If we have a well regulated militia it seems weapons would need to be equal to whatever weapons are turned against them. I think you would not use pistols to fight against canons.
So I’m whacky and you do not like these conclusions of mine. Fine with me. That is the brilliance of the Founding Fathers to have made a legal and constitutional way to change that Amendment. It is done by a 2/3 vote of a Constitutional Convention or by the voters with 2/3 of the states agreeing to the change.
It is Congress’s duty to write laws. Let them write an amendment that “updates” the 2nd Amendment and allows for details to be made such as which are legal, how they are obtained, who can own, buy, or sell. Or other. Why isn’t that being tried? Maybe because no one knows how or because the gun control people do not believe it would pass.
If it wouldn’t pass then obey the law as it is written. Honest citizens will deal with it justly; the criminals won’t – no matter what it says. Which gets to the heart of the problem. Criminals. Changing laws will not change them. It is easier to use the issue to squawk about.
I’ll be back for more. Particularly as the subject relates to confiscation of guns.
Good thoughts here! There is so much to this issue, but I like that you have stuck to the law the way it is written and what might be done to change it if it needs changing. So much emotionally- based rhetoric floats around the Internet on this issue, none of which is helpful. But this is a logical presentation of some of the more salient facts of the situation. Well done!
Thank you. I appreciate the support. I need courage sometimes; all the times when it comes to going against the current politically correct views. Sometimes when it comes to my own preferences. But if we have no standards to strive for (laws), we drift so amiss.
Well said! I agree! And you have more courage than I when it comes to controversial issues – well done putting yourself out there. 🙂
LAWS. Just like the Mosaic LAW. Man makes them – man continually breaks them. Only the LAWS of God IMPRINTED on human hearts will change anything. Politicians make laws on this earth. (for whose benefit? is really the question).
Far more people obey the laws of the land that do not. We would be in some chaos if we had no standard to live by while living on this earth. And the Bible is pretty clear that we are to heed them unless they conflict with God’s word. Keep doing what we can.
Thanks for the insight. This is an essential freedom. We must protect it against the assault that it is under right now.
Thanks for standing for the truth.
Thanks Michael. Boundaries are important. I think freedom demands boundaries. We can see the effect on children if they have no boundaries. Grown ups are the same to a large extent. Most of us want to know we “measure” up. If there is nothing to measure up to, we flounder.
Please do keep it coming as you’re simply building your presidential platform
You sound informed, logical and sensible to me, Oneta. Especially your closing remark.
“the heart of man is desperately wicked” That’s the problem. Sometimes that can be controlled in a civilized society – even most of the time, but sometimes it needs a cleansing that can only come by a heart made clean by the Holy Spirit of God. That is the answer that is so quickly vilified and rejected. Thanks for the comment, Roo.
You nailed it again, Oneta.
My Dad’s gun saved he and my sister’s lives, I believe. I recently read a story about a 61 yr. old, disabled man who was visited by a man he encountered previously through a Craigslist transaction. This man knew where he lived & that he was disabled. The man came with bad intentions and 3 of his friends. The 61 yr. old was shot in the stomach but survived due to the AR-15 he retaliated with. One of those evil men died before authorities could arrive to help the wounded, disabled man who so bravely protected himself and his castle. That is but one of many stories. I am so glad to see a post such as yours!