The Court-Packing Threat to the Second Amendment

The Roberts Court, November 30, 2018. Seated, from left to right: Justices Stephen G. Breyer and Clarence Thomas, Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., and Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Samuel A. Alito. Standing, from left to right: Justices Neil M. Gorsuch, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, and Brett M. Kavanaugh. Photograph by Fred Schilling, Supreme Court Curator's Office.

Washington, D.C. – -(AmmoLand.com)- You might think that with the confirmation of two pro-Second Amendment justices under President Donald Trump, that the Second Amendment is reasonably safe. Well, think again. Those who would seek to take our rights away are not going to just give up. In fact, they have a new plan to deal with a pro-Second Amendment majority on the Supreme Court.

Their plans are very simple: To pack the court – adding at least two, if not more, seats to that body. One progressive group is calling for the addition of four seats, given the uncertain health status of Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg creates a new opening on the high court. Who fills those seats?

You can bet that those openings will be filled by justices who will not only rubber stamp all sorts of anti-Second Amendment laws, but ones who will also overturn rulings that have protected free speech during political campaigns and uphold Andrew Cuomo’s abuses against the NRA. It is also a safe bet that any new justice picked will be relatively young – able to serve for 30 years or more. Three decades of horrible rulings on our right to keep and bear arms. The implications are simply staggering.

The absolute worst case would be to see this packed court overturn the Heller and McDonald decisions. In essence, it would buy the nonsense that the right to keep and bear arms only applies to militias – defined as the National Guard. In Florida, a proposed ballot initiative for the 2020 election could very well be a test case for this sort of claim.

Not only does that initiative encompass a sweeping ban on semi-automatic firearms, it features a ban on any magazine holding more than seven rounds. It also bans “sniper rifles” – a term left very vague but leaving open the possibility of banning a typical bolt-action rifle. There would be a one-year “grace period” to turn them in or become a felon. Furthermore, one can lose their gun rights over two domestic abuse emergency calls. Not convictions, not arrest, merely investigations. It would not matter if you were cleared or if the calls were false alarms.

At first glance, this is the type of thing that would be very likely to be tossed out, with the court citing Heller and McDonald, at least with the current composition of the court. If President Trump replaces Ginsburg with another justice who supports the Second Amendment, it would be a foregone conclusion that we would see this stricken down. But these cases can take time to get to the Supreme Court – years even.

So, what could be today’s Supreme Court with a 5-4 pro-Second Amendment majority could be a Supreme Court with an 8-5 anti-Second Amendment majority if some of these extremists get their way. That changes the entire legal landscape. Think about Kamala Harris, or Elizabeth Warren, or some of the other anti-Second Amendment zealots already running for the Presidency – and who they might select.

What can be done to avoid this? In this, there is good news: The Supreme Court’s composition can only be changed by an act of Congress. That happens either through the House and Senate passing a bill, and the President signing it, or the House and Senate passing the bill over a veto. This means there is time, but also danger. Time is there, since the 2020 Senate map is somewhat favorable to pro-Second Amendment candidates, but if the election goes bad, the danger is that the Senate could fall into anti-Second Amendment hands.

The chance to pack the Supreme Court could lead Charles Schumer to nuke the filibuster completely if he has the majority in the Senate. In short, it would be a drastic shift in the landscape – one from which the Second Amendment would not likely recover from.

The fact is, control of the White House and Senate over the next 12 years could very well decide whether or not the Second Amendment survives. It is best to make sure that they are controlled by pro-Second Amendment officials.


Harold Hu, chison

About Harold Hutchison

Writer Harold Hutchison has more than a dozen years of experience covering military affairs, international events, U.S. politics and Second Amendment issues. Harold was consulting senior editor at Soldier of Fortune magazine and is the author of the novel Strike Group Reagan. He has also written for the Daily Caller, National Review, Patriot Post, Strategypage.com, and other national websites.

  • 183 thoughts on “The Court-Packing Threat to the Second Amendment

    1. Ultimately, people will have to make a decision on where ANY rights come from. Now this is where people make the mistake and call the bill of rights, the constitution, the state, God. What is not realized is whatever you say has the authority to or you give authority to “give you rights” also has the authority and given the authority to take away those rights. Life. Liberty. The pursuit of anything, all in the hands of half-senile, hostile, statist, hyper self-aggrandizing, pompous strangers who serve the systems in place. I love America. I love being an American. I love the American people. But in the end you all sell yourselves into the hands of destruction unless you cease idolizing the rules of other men. We are not and should not be beholden to useless bureaucracy, acolytes, and philosophers.

    2. If Trump gets to pick another SCG the LEFT will go into a total LIQUID MELTDOWN!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They won’t have a civil word to say or publish, We will be looking for places to put them all on suicide watches!!!!!!!!

      1. They can commit suicide, we won’t watch. LOL! I don’t really care what those on the left has to say about it, no one else cares either, other than the snow flakes. They can go melt!

      2. You are right because if Trump picks another justice he will have dismantled the constitution like traitorous cowards like you want.

    3. REPLY TO>>
      [PATHETIC POLITICAL PROSTITUTE] Patrick SOCIALIST LEECH]Liverma says:
      February 9, 2019 at 6:37 AM

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    4. the answers all you” Half-moon building Barristers” are looking for is 18 U.S.C $. 242.
      ” Depravation of Civil Rights under Color of Law.”
      The Attorney General has to prosecute those that violate the above FEDERAL STATUTE,
      and all your “….Shall not Infringe.” goes away.

      1. THIS IS ONE TIME WE OF ALL RACES MUST COME TOGATHER.THIS CANT BE ABOUT RACE MUST BE OUR RIGHTS, AND I THINK THE NEWS AND GOVERMENT DID WHAT HITTLER DONE WAS TURN THE GERMANS AGEST THE JEWS BY SHOWING ONLY WORST PART OF PARTLY WHAT HAPEN, AND THEY ARE DOING THE SAME THINGS AND TO LET ME REMIND U WHO IS THE KKK IS IT NOT THE LEFT WING, IF U ALL WANT MAKE IT ALL ABOUT RACE ALL U ALL DO WILL BURN DOWN ALL YOUR RIGHTS AND ALL PEOPLE RIGHTS,
        WE NEED PUT RACE A SIDE AND WE NEED TELL THEM IN THIS THIS ONE THING WE AGREE ON AND THIS ONE THING NO ONE WILL DEVIDE US ON, NO MATTER HOW THEY PLAY IT, WE THE PEOPLE WE IS NOT ABOUT RACE ITS ABOUT ONE AND GOVERMENT HAS DEVIED THE PEOPLE FOR ONE REASON TO DISTROY OUR RIGHTS

    5. The Bill of Rights is for the people, not the government. The National Guard is a government agency; government agencies do not benefit from The Bill of Rights.

    6. For every ” Amendment” in the “Constitution” the answers are there and as easy to read and understand !! As easy as reading grade school books “Dick and Jane” ?!!!! “Congress” needs to straighten up and do the number one job they took their jobs for !! To follow the ” Constitution” to the fullest extent of it’s power ! As it has for over 200+ years !! Who do they think and believe they are to sit and judge upon Our “Constitution” ?!!!

    7. You are more correct than you know. There is a almost unknown Federal Law that states, something like this.
      ” The government does not have the right to grant it’s
      self privilege, or Grant anyone else privilege, or Grant negative privilege, or Grant any form of privilege for payment.”
      It says this law can not be changed, and they can not make any law that circumvents this law. It defines violation of this law as treason against the people. It is not legal for the government to grant negative privilege, between Bill of Rights and this Federal Law they can not take away the guns from the people unless no one at all has guns.
      Sorry about trying to remember the exact words, it’s been @ 49 years and I only saw it once when I was doing homework for a speech class in high school.

    8. It is amazing, the number of people who interpet the 2nd A to mean an organized milita to be law enforcement, National Guard and military Army to be the purpose of it’s writing. When in fact it was the purpose of our founding fathers to write it as protection of the people from these very same government powers ! It was not written only for protection from foreign powers, but for protection of the people by tyranny from our own governmental powers ! The very same ones that the liberals are attempting to force on us now !

    9. It is truely amazing, the number of people who do not understand that the 2nd A was written for the purpose of protecting the people from those who many say are there to protect us, that being a milita composed of law enforcement, Naftional Guard and the best military in the world ! They might be there to protect us from a foreign power, but the 2nd was written for our protection from them themselves, and that is the jist of the matter. The 2nd was so important to our founding fathers, that it was placed where it was. And it was of importance to them in order to protect us from a tyrannical government composed of any form of government composion ! The argument that the anti-gun group use in their BS, is the exact reason why it was written, to protect us from the government !!

    10. What do they not understand about (Shall Not Be Infringed) they clearly don’t care about anyone but themselves, and their feelings. It pisses me off something fierce whenever I hear all this bullshit about the government trying to control the masses. Man… I’m definitely not a happy camper right now…

    11. Federal law has stated that the U.S. Constitution is not to be interpreted. If so, then each of us who hold a public office – especially Military, Intelligence Officers, Special Agents, Congressmen/women, Senators, Federal Judges, the Vice President and the President could not take our oaths of office to support and defend the Constitution against all enemies foreign and Domestic! If the Constitution were to be interpreted, then how could we all collectively protect and enforce a living document that binds our nation if it were fluid and left open to each individuals interpretation? Can you imagine the confusion! It is what binds the three branches of government – the legislative (no laws shall be created that are in conflict with the Constitution – to include state laws); the executive (all enforcement and protective and defensive actions by the government done in support of our citizens and the National Security of our country is written within the Constitution); the judicial (the first test to determine if a federal law or state law is to be upheld must first be weighed and measured against the U.S. Constitution in order to pass the supremacy clause test – which is the law of the land… it is not an interpretation – it either passes or fails at this juncture which is what the Supreme Court determines and rules on).

      Therefore, if the second amendment rights are in anyway attacked – leaving a position where the government can oppress the people, making today’s law abiding citizens become technical felons tomorrow based on someone’s wrongful and illegal action of interpretting the Constitution and specifically the second amendment… then this would be the very reason why the second amendment was created – which then provides for the people to resist and replace a tyrannical government that no longer serves the will of the people – thus giving the people the opportunity to protect and exercise their rights guaranteed to them not by man, but by God, and also allowing the people to protect the Constitution as it was written – which guarantees the right of the people to bear arms – (the forming of a militia) – of the people which might be necessary to protect their rights, and defend the Constitution against an oppressive government, and protect their rights from unlawful seizure (4th Amendment), and the right to due process (5th Amendment).

      The first “civil war” was actually a war between to separate nations (Confederacy and Union) – not fighting to control the same territory – the south did not want Washington, D.C. – they had their own capitol, Constitution, military, money, Congress, Senate, Vice President and President. Therefore, this situation would likely create a situation where America would have its first civil war – opposing side fighting for the same territory, and in this fight – those who fight to protect the Constitution would not stop until they either achieve full victory – or draw defensive lines and boundaries – amassing their strengths from militia groups into a standing Army, whereby forming their own country – both of which do what none of us want… destroying what our forefathers and so many Americans fought and died for… we will have lost our American nation that took almost 250 years to build, and we will become a divided people – not only weakened by our separation, but those who took the side and who live on the side where people are not allowed to bear arms will inevitably face attacks by foreign hostile nations and terrorists – which will see part of a country that was once strong and defended by a collective military, police and readily armed citizenry, is now primed for an attack. Will the other part of America who remained armed and supportive of the Constitution come to the aid of the remnants of America and those who fought against them to take away their arms? The answer will be an emphatic – NO! We will let it fall to a foreign invader – eradicating those who helped create their own demise and caused the destruction and divide of our nation. Once a foreign invader declares victory – then all of us who lived in the part of the Constitutionally armed America will then move in to destroy the foreign invaders – in order to rebuild and restore our original lands, and installing a government that would once again serve the will of the people – and who uphold their allegiance to the Constitution.

      This is a test in which I hope the Supreme Court and the current government choose the right side – choosing to uphold the Constitution, choosing to keep our country united, choosing to keep those who are armed as lawful citizens and not changing their status to technical political criminals… because at the end of the day – it is the armed citizen who not only is the final defensive line to keep criminals in check, but it is the armed citizen who serves as the reason for which we remain free and the ultimate reason why foreign invaders and hostile countries will never occupy or take control of the United States. (This was stated once before by a retired Russian General in 2004 during an open discussion with U.S. Military Officers about the “Red Dawn” scenario… “Russia never had plans to invade the United States – with the exception of a possible invasion to take part of Alaska, because while we believe we could conduct a force on force fight with your military – your citizens are so heavily armed and your police departments are a paramilitary force, and given the amount of Veterans who have military training and combat experience – combined they become a separate military force, who would organize into district and regional militias capable of waging guerilla warfare – and since you also have access to multiple vehicles and watercraft and aircraft, and since you have homefield advantage and American ingenuity – and a fighting spirit in which while you have many things that divide you… the one thing that has always united you as a country in a common enemy – we as Russia have always assessed that America cannot be invaded nor can it be occupied”). So, how powerful and how necessary is the second amendment, and how necessary is it to ensure our citizens have the right to be armed? We are the last country on earth to have a lawful armed citizenry – without it, we become a lawless country where outlaws and criminals run pockets of our country like in Mexico or parts of Africa – or we become an invaded country, whereby ceasing to be a country – or we become a nation ruled by elitist dictators… leaving us back to where we started in 1775!

    12. They can pass all the laws they would like, if they conflict with the Constitution they will be disregarded. How many Democratic politicians are going to go to people’s homes demanding their guns? I would say zero. How many people will refuse to give up their gone? I would say around a hundred and seventy million. How many constitutional Law Enforcement Officers will comply with an unconstitutional law? I would say very few. The Republic is strong as long as the citizens are strong and are willing.
      ARE YOU WILLING?
      SEMPER FI

    13. I’m pro 2nd amendment. I am neither Republican or Democrat but if you want to get real about this the path that the right is going down is is going to GIVE the House, the Senate AND the Executive Branch to the left. You never see either party stay in lower more than two terms. The election is not won, it is given away by the ones holding the reins.

    14. What better way to clarify wide-held misconceptions than with facts? These need to be broadly disseminated through mass media and to lawmakers at all levels. Clearly, the scare factor, not numbers, drives the anti-gun hysteria.

      Latest figures for deaths in the US annually caused by:

      Heart disease: 647,457 (poor diet, sedentary lifestyle)
      Cigarette smoking: 480,000
      Medical errors: 250,000
      Accidental injuries (various): 169,936
      Alcohol-related: 88,000
      Drug overdoses: 70,237
      Motor vehicle accidents: 40,000
      Murder with knives: 1,591
      Murder with hands, fists and feet: 696 
      Murder with blunt objects (clubs, hammers, etc.): 467
      Murder with all type rifles: 403 
      Murder with “assault-type” rifles: 84 (first half of 2018)

      Number of “assault-type” rifles in the US:  20-30 million

          1. If that’s what you think, then you understand nothing about the founding fathers or the Constitution. Time for you to do some research.

          2. An analysis of the Second Amendment based on its text, context, vocabulary, syntax, historical context, the Federalist Papers, and the founding principles and the Founders’ philosophy show there is no doubt the Second Amendment recognizes and protects a pre-existing God-given Natural Right to self-defense, and to have a deterrent and protection against government tyranny.

            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 Second Amendment is a “right of the people” in the Bill of Rights, and the “people” in the Second Amendment are the same “people” as in the rest of the Bill of Rights and Constitution.

            The Second Amendment has the strictest wording of all the amendments in the Bill of Rights, stating that the right of the people to keep and bear arms “shall not be infringed”.

            “Well regulated” in the Second Amendment has nothing to do with government rules and regulations. “Well regulated” in that context means proficient, precise, and accurate. To this day, a double-barrel rifle is said to be “well regulated” if both barrels shoot to the same point of aim.

            The term “well regulated” is used in The Federalist Papers with regards to a well regulated militia being proficient, precise, and accurate. The militia in the Second Amendment is all able-bodied Americans capable of bearing arms.

            The term “arms” in the Second Amendment includes at least dual-use individual (non-crew-served) weapons that have both military and civilian uses. That would include all types of firearms that fire one bullet or shotgun shell per trigger-pull, and many other types of weapons that have both military and civilian uses including self-defense, hunting, or sporting. It may also include weapons with primarily military purposes, such as fully-automatic firearms (machine guns).

            Regarding the grammar of the Second Amendment, the second clause, “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed”, is the independent clause and it stands alone.

            The prefatory clause, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State”, cannot stand alone. It is not a limiting clause, but an explanatory clause that strengthens and reinforces the protection of the individual right to keep and bear arms.

            The founders created a nation based on individual liberty and unalienable God-given rights, not collective rights or group rights that cannot be individually and unilaterally invoked by any member of the group. Otherwise there are no individual rights.

            There is no such thing as collective rights or group rights in the philosophy of the American Founders. That is a fiction fabricated by leftist Democrats in recent history.

            Furthermore, a right cannot be reinterpreted or limited in a way that renders it non-existent and meaningless.

            According to the American Founders, the primary purpose of government is to protect individual liberty, not to reduce or abolish it. The primary purpose of the Second Amendment is to deter and protect against a government tyranny.

            The Declaration of Independence reads:

            “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.”

            Read the book, That Every Man Be Armed: The Evolution of a Constitutional Right, by constitutional law scholar Stephen Halbrook for more information.

            -Mike Robbins, PublicSafetyProject.com

          3. The people, meaning every able bodied person, were, and still are the militia. It is our duty to keep standing armies in check.

    15. You’re right.
      These people on the left have serious mental issues. And the reason is, in my view, that they are for the most part, humanists, as opposed to humanitarians.
      Humanists believe man is the center. Humanitarians believe God is the center.
      Huge difference.

    16. The Second Amendment is so simple, brainless politicians stumble over it.

      First, the 10 Amendments or Bill/laws of human rights cannot be taken away except by tyrants and despots. The language is clear and distinct with such words as “shall not, shall not be infringed and shall make no.” Simple straightforward language was used.

      Second, it is established by “We the People” not a political party or a Supreme Court.

      Third, the militia is private American citizens and not a military power. The language dictates “the People” being the private militia since why, how and when would any military branch have their weapons and ammo “infringed” upon and taken away? Think !

      Fourth, major medical issues require medical personnel and hospitals, but not always. We the People have access to medical supplies to self medicate. Major fires breakout demanding fire fighters to respond, but not always. We the People have access to smoke alarms and fire extinguishers.

      International wars erupt and local crimes occur requiring military and police response, but not always. The Second Amendment provides We the People with the fundamental right to defend our castles, our families and our states when time is of the essence in the face of personal attack and invasion.

      Our homes are our castles housing our personal affects and property. Our physical bodies are our most prized priceless possession. Our founding fathers understood the intrinsic nature to defend and protect both our castles and our bodies. Simple.

    17. They were 100% effective in disarming New Orleans during Kitrina.
      They simply go house to house in force. Nobody said no. Nobody resisted.
      Then the only dead people were killed by police.
      WTF are you talking about?

    18. They were 100% effective in disarming New Orleans during Kitrina.
      They simply go house to house in force. Nobody said no. Nobody resisted.
      Then the only dead people were killed by police.
      WTF are you talking about?

    19. Oh, presidents have tried to pack the SC forever…Teddy, FDR…read your history. The biggest issues are what is happening on the local and statewide levels, as in the Florida scenario (I live in FL) which is bs. The antis are doing the “bite at a time” and getting libs to be incumbents which are hard to dislodge once in office and that is where we need to make our voices heard. There are organizations that can use their national voice to address these issues but it is us grassroots people that need to make our voices and influence heard.

      1. The Second Amendment is so simple, brainless power hungry politicians stumble over it.

        Think of it like this. There are international crisis which occur on such a massive level we need the military. Also, medical emergencies can arise calling for doctors, nurses and hospital care.

        In addition, crimes occur where police intervention in necessary and major fires break out requiring firefighters.

        However, and read this carefully, home invasions and personal attacks, can happen in a split second. There is not always time to call the police, therefore we must react instantly to defend ourselves, our families, property and neighbors.

        We have smoke alarms and fire extinguishers at ready to handle home fire outbreaks where it is not necessary to call the fire departments.

        Likewise, we have medicines and medical supplies on hand which can assist us with minor treatment keeping us from running to a hospital for every ache and pain.

        Yes, the big guns are there when needed. However, our founding fathers knew there are occasions when protecting and defending your castle and priceless possessions could only be defended on a personal level.

        Therefore, “We the People” are to be a well regulated, well disciplined and well trained and responsible citizenry who are able to personally react and be called upon to engage those crisis necessary to defend and protect our fundamental freedoms.

      2. Time for WE THE PEOPLE, to EXECUTE TRAITORS TO THE OATH TO UPHOLD AND DEFEND TGE CONSTITUTION!

        Acting against your OATH, must be prosecuted as TREASON to your OATH, the people, and our nation!

        TREASON IS AN OFFENCE THAT IS CURED BY PUBLIC EXECUTION!

        1. I agree. They take their job as a joke. They are supposed to protect the 2nd amendment, but theyr protecting their job & the evil left agenda.

        2. Well stated. Congress needs to remember that they work for the people and have SWORN TO UPHOLD THE CONSTITUTION, not change it. They are NOT THE ELITE. They are the U.S. CITIZENS employees.

    20. You seem to think the Supreme Court is the be all, end all for 2nd Amendment rights. One movement we are seeing expanding across this country is jury and law nullification. It doesn’t take a genius to understand what our rights are, how they were enumerated in the Constitution for our Individual benefit. Unjust laws are being ignored around the country. Sheriffs and police officers are openly pointing out they will not enforce these unjust laws, even in the most Liberal of States. The only reason we are seeing the courts being used to make legislation , is because the left doesn’t have the support from the masses. Time to clean house, one way or another.

      Famous last words from those of us who are law abiding…”Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable” JFK

      1. Unfortunately you’re wrong.
        The only thing in the Constitution about it is that there will be a ‘Supreme Court’. Nothing written about the number of jurists on it. And the size of the Court HAS changed over the centuriest

    21. molon labe could be what it all comes down to. They can make them illegal but then they have to take them away , all 300 million guns in this country, not an easy task since many people wont give them up easily.

        1. They were 100% effective in disarming New Orleans during Kitrina.
          They simply go house to house in force. Nobody said no. Nobody resisted.
          Then the only dead people were killed by police.
          WTF are you talking about?

        2. Watch this video on YouTube about this very issue as this video explains it all. Yes we can talk tough about what would happen but when the illegal treachery happens if they really came to one house at a time and had 30 militarized agents kicking in your door what would you do and the answer is nothing because we are to worried about our lives and our families and wives and kids to do anything I mean it’s not like they are saying to us ‘ hey it’s s right for your second amendment so meet us at noon in the field and you bring your best and we’ll bring ours and the winner will prevail. It’s not a fight and the winner stands , no it’s like a domino affect type of take over it’s one at a time and unless we say no more it will continue to happen and we will lose and it’s an unfortunate event that will happen if we don’t do something quick and we have to win legally in the courts to prevail. That is the only way and it starts by who we elect locally and federally and this is the one weapon that will work but only if we do it this way and not for nothing public opinion helps a lot but since liberalism is a mental disorder it is hard to win and the democrat party of jfk is dead those days are over it’s now a socialist communist party called democrat it is not so much democrats that changed the party itself changed and since they are the majority in the government it’s hard and we can only fix and win this if we fix our election system and not have ppl like George soros owning the companies and systems that run it but for the most part stopping illegal immigrants who have left leaning or don’t know what it’s like to have to fight for freedom because they all run away from the fight to here and get given safe haven from this we Americans are gonna g broke and footing the bill for others to live better than us and it goes back to liberalism and democrats destroying and ruining our country but back to the topic at hand I can go all day with this and what’s wrong with our country but to make
          A comment about this we pretty much aren’t going to do anything if they come and knock us out 1 at a time. It’s sad but true so watch this video.

          https://youtu.be/rhBwHiLcTG8

          1. If confiscation begins, the key is organization. First do not register firearms. If they were somehow registered they have been “stolen”. You can set up “community militias” to meet their ridiculous definition and fight through the courts. If it gets worse than token confiscation, you can be assured your family is in danger anyway and a major revolution will be taking place.

        3. YEAH very true country boys are not going too lay down thiet arms off anyone…. we always fighting for this country we do it again and again uint we are free once more

      1. But they have too many guns registered and they’ll be knocking on your doors!
        They weren’t required to register their guns when the Red Coats tried to confiscate the firearms! But these anti-gun leftwing Blue Coats will deny the inalienable rights guaranteed by the Constitution and the Second Amendment! They put themselves and their agendas above your rights and above the law! They openly support the collapse and undermine the demise and fall of the United States! Socialism and Communism is their United front, and now they openly embrace Radical Islamic Extremists as members!

    22. Surprising such a discussion would not include FDR’s historic attempt to increase the court to 13 justices. It failed. Why? The author could have provided more.

    23. Pray that RBG does “exit, stage right” (as a minimum) while President Trump is in office. Only way to ensure a Constitutional SCOTUS for the next 20-30 years.

        1. @Joe, Yeah, a new Judiciary Act by Congress could reduce the number of justices to zero. Or Congress could appropriate zero dollars for the Judiciary branch. “Sorry, you all go home, and we will call for new resumes in a couple of weeks.”

          1. What was that about an 8-4 anti gun majority!? Poor math? There must be limits~It would require an act of Congress~Damn those kids w/ screwball brains maybe they raised on perscibtion meds instead of good parenting but I understand~Some need Special Love~

          2. While there may not be an actual limit to how many justices can sit on the USSC creating more seats will take an act of the Congress and Senate. The Demacrats want to eliminate the USSC the electoral college and term limits on the President. If they actually get their way America as it’s was intended to be and as we know it is finished. Jefferson said that freedom is only one generation away. He’s absolutely correct on this. Look at how the Demacrat socialist has created a next generation of idiots that will surrender our liberty to these criminals believing that everything in life will be free. They can drink, play video games, go to college, doctors, fuck, get abortions and anything else their little charts desires. All they have to do is support these SCUMBAGS in Government.Violation of any of the Bill of Rights by any member of the Congress or Senate under color of athuorty is a federal offence if in fact if such a Bill actually become law. All members that sponsor it and a President that signs it into law share equal giult. Even crafting such legislation is a criminal conspiracy to violate these laws. Not only can the be charged that way Americans can pursue civil rights violations as well as seek civil redress. In a country that makes the murder of children leagl is this likely to happen? Probably not. The Founders put all of the tools nessisaery to over through the Government that has become the tyranny this Government has become. The real problem is with us. Government has shifted from a Government of the people, by the people, for the people to a Government of Polsie, Shumner, McConnell, Ryan and political correctness what ever the fuck that’s supposed to be. Social media is the law of the land now not the Constitution. Trump defeating Killery was the ultimate slap in the face to the Libtard socialists progressive cancer in America. They have been panicked for the past two years that this represents Americans are done with thire bullshit and will vote them out of power. Polsie said that Trump will set thire agenda back 100 years. Ever notice how Demacrats tell us what they want to do to us not for us if elected? Americans have become far to passive and weak. We elect these criminals to office and keep re-electing them term after term so that they can keep steeling America from us. Polsie calls the convention of states an uprising. If it happens their goose is cooked and they know it. They will be swept out of office. The party is over for the bunch of them. That would be the smartest thing Americans could do to change the course of this train wreck with out having to fight a second Civil War. You can’t make this shit up.

      1. In that case Harold how about an RPG For RGB ??Projecting catastrophic events does not help your leftist leading views

        1. Politicians -socialist -communist -liars -Democrats -rhinos -lawyers- muzzies -they all have one thing in common /destroy the common America workingman take everything he has and put us in Communist Concentration camps/FEMA

        2. Writer Harold Hutchison is totally full of shit. Doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Millions will never give up their guns.

        3. Another right wing coward cheering for the demise of the US. A vote for Trump or the GOP is a vote of US destruction by cowards that have no idea how to be a human much less an American.

      2. To advocate for the demise of any human, including RBG, is so mean-spirited and is certainly worthy of reproach. Shame on you! Be careful what you wish for, JGR may prove to be more of a centrist juror than may suit you. We have three branches of government, when other branch(es) become ineffectual, the remaining branch(es) must become more active. We have had a moribund legislative branch for decades. With an executive branch, that until recently was bent on saving us from WMDs that did not exist. With a current “Don Quixote” president chasing walls (not windmills), like the Great Wall of China, or the Iron Curtain, combined with wanting to violate the Posse Comitatus Act, and an ineffectual Congress that for the good of our country should be on permanent recess, we will need to rely on an active judicial branch to help ensure our beloved 2A is not eviscerated. Hence the often publicly derided comment of “legislating from the bench” is often voiced. In this regard, our former premier national gun rights organization seems to have lost its bearing. For my money, I have chosen to support the Second Amendment Foundation in its endeavors to protect our 2A from the latest barrage of attacks, and naysayers. I am very much looking forward as to how the SCOTUS will rule on the upcoming 2A-related case from New York State. God Bless America !!

        1. I believe the Posse Comitatus Act pertains to using troops against U.S.citizens,,,NOT foreign invaders. What would be the difference between using the army against people from South America or China? Both are foreign invaders.

          1. that’s what the act means.
            but everyone should notice in Louisiana when they had that Hurricane they used the NATIONAL GUARD to go around to try and disarm the Citizens in New Orleans, and the cops.
            and the National guard is not mentioned in that act.
            remember this, THE DICK ACT OF 1902 redefined the Military it also said that GUN LAWS WERE PROHIBITED , but we the people by our 2ND AME4NDMENT IS STILL THE SUPREME LAW OF THE LAND AND WE ARE STILL THE MILITIA.
            NOT THE NATIONAL GUARD, OR ANY OTHER AGENCY OF GOVT, STATE OR FEDERAL.

          2. The PCA only prevents federal troops from being used against American citizens except during time of war or insurrection. All it would take is the wrong President to declare a national emergency because the American people refuse to surrender privately owned firearms if a law like Australia has was past. A second Civil War would trigger that just as it did in the first one. Reach for the ballot box or we’re going to end up having to reach for the cartridge box. People like to say voting don’t matter. If that was so Killery would be Queen and half of American would be wearing orange jump suits in thire concentration camps.

            1. The posse comitatus act was basically done away with under obe the one. Did you miss this little known fact? As far as wanting enemies of the free nation that the United states of America is, sorta, dead, I see no problem. The problem exists in actually helping them shuffling the mortal coil. That part seems to be illegal. But wanting and not doing is where the line is. At least on our side, antifa has no problem beating the hell out of those they find alone. I am a dav, so my maga hat may be harder to get when my cane protects it.

              Not the Joe above…

        2. President Trump is correct to build the border security wall, to protect our nation, all Americans, and our liberty. The wall will save much more money then it will cost, and it will help preserve our liberty.

          Illegal aliens give Marxist Democrat states like the Peoples Republic of California more representatives and votes in Congress, and in the Electoral College for electing the president, just by being here and being counted in the census used for reapportionment. Large illegal alien populations also allow the Democrats to create more extreme gerrymanders of the congressional and state legislative election districts in California and other states.

          The Democrat party is on a trajectory to establish itself as a permanent supermajority nationwide, and then to create a Marxist dictatorship. That is why they want to disarm America’s law-abiding citizens. Gun control has nothing to do with crime. Gun control actually increases violent crime.

          The Democrat Party has been attacking the protections of liberty in the Constitution for decades. Massive illegal immigration is a key component of their strategy to create a Marxist dictatorship. They are importing tens of millions of poor uneducated future Democrat voters from corrupt socialist countries south of the border. The illegal aliens never learned the American founding principles of limited government and individual liberty. They will vote Democrat in return for promises of free things at taxpayer expense.

          – Mike Robbins, PublicSafetyProject.com

    24. We the people are the defenders of the constitution and liberty. The Supreme Court is not an end all be all solution nor was it intended to be so.

    25. If we moved to the outhouse known as Venezuela sooner than later, we could eliminate all the worry about what might happen to our great country in the hands of socialists/communists/democrats. Democrats / socialists / communists: The best liars, cheats and thieves America has to offer.

    26. Doom and gloom, bah bah bah, I suppose now you’ll say that ‘only’ the NRA can save us from inevitable and infinite destruction of our rights.

      1. Not the NRA. Just reasoned citizens who understand that liberty is not gained through legislative action. Legislation, by its very nature, is only restrictive.

        1. Gunner98 – So, just to make sure we understand, your position is that even though we have the privilege of living in the most free and prosperous nation in history, a Constitutional Representative Democracy, with We The People having the power to elect who we wish, you propose to avoid the legislative process and attempt by “reason” to maintain our God-given rights of self-defense? Our nation’s founders established the three branches of government just to that end, so we and our legislative representatives could reason together to solve our problems, rather than first resorting to violence. What form of government do you propose that would better serve our needs and Rights to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness?

          1. 1776 Patriot, here’s why your specious post fails on merit:

            1) Your rhetoric, “…we have the privilege of living in the most free and prosperous nation in history, a Constitutional Representative Democracy”, is utterly meaningless as far as any assurance that government won’t usurp the rights of its citizens. There is no such thing as benevolent government. Government is as dangerous as fire, consuming everything it touches, and should be controlled with the same constant attention and regard.

            2) We don’t have a “Democracy”…Article 4, Section 4 of the Constitution (the Guarantee Clause) states that “The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government…”. This article may help you understand what that means: https://www.theamericanview.com/q-what-does-article-iv-section-4-really-mean/.

            3) a) Rights cannot be regulated, taxed, restricted or revoked by government. Rights cannot be made subject to a vote, cannot be made subject to the whim of a temporary majority. b) A democracy affords no consideration for individual rights. A pure democracy is nothing more than mob rule…in a democracy of 3, if two voted to kill the third, it would be legal. c) “Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what’s for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.” — [sometimes misattributed to Ben Franklin]

            “What country can preserve its liberties, if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms.” — Thomas Jefferson (Letter to William Stephens Smith, 1787)

            “The right of the citizens to keep and bear arms has justly been considered as the palladium of the liberties of a republic; since it offers a strong moral check against the usurpation and arbitrary power of rulers; and will generally, even if these are successful in the first instance, enable the people to resist and triumph over them.” — Justice Joseph Story (Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States, 1833)

            “No free government was ever founded or ever preserved its liberty, without uniting the characters of the citizen and soldier in those destined for the defence of the state…. Such are a well regulated militia, composed of the freeholders, citizen and husbandman, who take up arms to preserve their property, as individuals, and their rights as freemen.” — Josiah Quincy, Jr. (Thoughts on Standing Armies, 1774)

            “[W]hereas, to preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them; nor does it follow from this, that all promiscuously must go into actual service one very occasion. The mind that aims at a select militia, must be influenced by a truly anti-republican principle; and when we see many men disposed to practice upon it, whenever they can prevail, no wonder true republicans are for carefully guarding against it.” — Richard Henry Lee, Letters from the Federal Farmer (Antifederalist Letter, No.18, 25 January 1778)

            “That the people have a right to keep and bear arms; that a well-regulated militia, composed of the body of the people trained to arms, is the proper, natural, and safe defence of a free state; that standing armies, in time of peace, are dangerous to liberty, and therefore ought to be avoided, as far as the circumstances and protection of the community will admit; and that, in all cases, the military should be under strict subordination to, and governed by, the civil power.” — Recommended Bill of Rights from the Virginia Ratifying Convention, 27 June 1778

            “I ask, Sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people. To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them.” — George Mason (Speech at the Virginia Ratifying Convention, 1788)

            “Who are the militia? Are they not ourselves? It is feared, then, that we shall turn our arms each man against his own bosom. Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birthright of an American. …[T]he unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments, but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people.” — Tench Coxe (The Pennsylvania Gazette, 20 February 1788)

          2. Dammit people! The goobermint skrewls have been at werk here…..
            We live in a REPUBLIC. Democracy is the elective method. REPUBLIC IS THE TYPE OF NATION THAT THE FOUNDING FATHERS GAVE US TO LOSE, AND HERE WE ARE.

    27. we are all doomed , we are all gonna die , we might as well go out in a blaze of glory , or not 😉 whether you think you can or you think you cant your probably right = henry ford , you can inform the ignorant but you cant fix stupid = ron white , 2 things are infinite the universe and human stupidity = albert Einstein , good luck+god bless.

    28. Pack it. Without a moment’s hesitation. Two reasons.
      1. Gorsuch’s supreme court is a stolen seat. McConnell refused to have a hearing on Merrick Garland, a very moderate pick of Obama’s who still had over eleven months in office. Garland had recieved confirmation by a 76-23 vote in the lower DC court, 32 of those votes being Republican. Let’s also keep in mind that the Republicans could NOT confirm Gorsuch legitimately, having to cheat the system and use a “Nuclear Option” removing the filibuster that had existed for supreme court nominations since the countries infancy. By all rights, even after Kavanaugh’s nomination, there should only be 4 hard Conservatives, 4 Liberals, and a swing vote moderate.
      2. A basic second grade reading of our constitution. Article I, powers of Congress stipulate that Congress will organize, arm, discipline and govern the militia discussed in the second. It also stated that Congress would call up the militia to execute the laws of the union, suppress insurrection, and repel invasions. Obviously the three actions described above are accomplished by law enforcement, the national guard, and the best outfitted military in the world. Also note that all of the three above ARE manned by the “people”, so the Second is ready fully satisfied by anyone wanting to join up.
      DC v Heller got it all wrong. There is NO guarantee in the Second that allows the next mass shooter of children, rights to any weapon he so desire.
      The first 4 words stipulate “A well regulated milita”. Regulate.
      Without hesitation, pack that court.

      1. Bullshit pack your waist line -forget the courts they’re all leftist commie fools and rhinos are being packed more and more leaning to the commie Islamic direction /So what’s a patriot to do you ask?Real patriots will shut your crying ass pie hole and get ready to rock this is not a simulation or a test this is the real deal bill so get off your ass and jamOr keep your ass on the front porch and stand back and watch ,,because there’s Minutemen at work

      2. Yep you cannot read, the militia is the whole of the people to keep & bear arms, militia is called up by the state not congress dimwit.

        1. Actually, both…Article 1, Sec. 8, Clause 15 and 16 for the Congress. The state get’s it’s power via the National Guard Act Codification. It also should be noted that the Founders envisioned 2 forms of “Militia.”

          Calling folk names and not knowing the material is “Not Cool.”

      3. Pay attention to this traitor to Liberty. This is the flawed thinking that the Loyalists had in the original 13 colony’s. The ppl who would turn us from citizens into subjects NEED guys like this to be their sheep who look to govt to solve all their problems. That’s the very antithesis of Liberty. The right to self defense is not one that is “granted” from the govt to form militias – it is our natural “individual” right given to us by God. That was decided in Heller and it scares fools like this asshole so bad he shits himself to think of the SCOTUS getting more conservative.
        That’s good he’s frightened because he knows if they ever get to the point where Liberty is seriously threatened, we’ll have to take it back just as our forefathers did in 1776. Over a lot of Loyalists bodies if need be.

      4. It’s ironic that lefties are so worried about children being killed by guns but, they fight for the “right” to kill a baby as it’s being born. They would also kill a baby that survived an abortion attempt AFTER it was born. Then, they want to take our right to bear arms “for the children”. Liberalism is a mental disorder.

        1. You’re right.
          These people on the left have serious mental issues. And the reason is, in my view, is that they are for the most part, humanists, as opposed to humanitarians.
          Humanists believe man is the center. Humanitarians believe God is the center.
          Big difference.

        2. They want us to abort all our babies so we can and must take care of the bastards of the third world, killing our gene pool. We cant tell them not to kill a baby inside their body, but we must allow the government to shove poisons of vax into our bodies.
          The law on baby bitches border jumpers was until uncle teddy rapist kennedy, you must have legal standing before CONFERRING citizenship on anyone. Jumping a border illegally automatically prevents this, but they try and ignore 1958 rulings.

      5. Patrick: So many words reduced down to so much whining. The problem with radical Liberals today is that they have pushed so hard, so far and so extreme that not only are law abiding citizens ignoring their unconstitutional laws but even law enforcement agencies are refusing to enforce their laws! When you have mass civil disobedience you’re headed down the eventual road to one of two dead ends; a coup, where the citizens toss out the offensive government or a civil war, which would end very badly for both sides but would be catastrophic for Liberals.

      6. Is that like democrats winning the house through voter fraud ?( proven fact) and they are still finding voting ballots that weren’t counted. I can’t believe Democrats have become so anti-American its scary,

      7. Militia back in those days and the definition continues in the Second Amendment, it is regular citizens with privately held firearms. We had the regular army under G. Washington and then various private civilian citizen militias could join.The National guard (today’s modern militia by SOME definitions–and a government organization) was NOT “Founded” by Congress until 1911 and did not physically exist until 1916. The Bill Of Rights (all of it) is 100 percent specifically written to protect individual citizens from the powers of the Constitution–that is why the founders wanted it and had Madison write it. These are the simple truths–this is not rocket science.

      8. @patrick liverma, Your reasoning will enslave us if put into effect. I watch for others that think like you in my neck of the woods. You and they have turned your backs on liberty and are hoping to give up the right to it. I refuse and reject your ideas. Thankfully the founding fathers saw this day coming and I am prepared to act.

      9. Not too bright eh Patrick? Got herself wrapped up in those “mass shootings of children” right? Dim wit… can’t discern truth from fiction…I suppose you actually believe that somebody…anybody died at Sandy Hook.. right? The right to bear is the last remedy or solution to tyranny. The framers knew it was only a matter of time before the best legal theory for government ever designed by man…could and would go south. Second amendment was the fall back position. Too bad we haven’t thought of a better remedy…but it has to do with the nature of the human condition. Since work is pain, easier to mooch, hence political and economic corruption. Grow up simple minds…no body said this is going to be easy. If we think we got tyranny now, wait until we lose the second amendment. As for me, I advocate peace, but the political battle rages on to restore a constitutional republic…and what an incredible show it is. Hang on tight, bound to get even more exciting. Peace

      10. @ Patrick Livema You forgot to mention that one of your own democrats, Harry Reid, endorsed and used the Nuclear option because he couldn’t get anything passed otherwise. Others have expressed that you can’t read, so I’ll leave that alone. You sure spent a lot of time typing something that is irrelevant and trivial.

      11. Should everyone surrender their cars bacusei some people make the choice to drive drunk, and kill people. Now about the school children. Sad that their are sick people that do such things,but ihe number if children in no way near the number of veterans that have died defending the Constitution. Do their lives mean anything? By liberal standards babies should be allowed to be murder up to the point of birth. So when do children become important? In conclusion I’ll start for the record make me a criminal out this veteran, and I’ll teach a few demoturds about if your not with me your against me philosophy of an insurgency.

      12. “”The Right Of The People To Keep And Bear Arms Shall Not Be Infringed””……… Keep reading moron…… The right of the people, not The militia…………..

        1. yep right you are.
          plus, our CONSTITUTION IS THE SUPREME LAW IN THE LAND NOT THE SUPREME COURT, or any of their OPINIONS OR UNCONSTITUTIONAL RULINGS.
          and OLD PELOSI has a ANTI GUN BILL UP TO BE RULED ON THIS COMING MONDAY.
          again no matter if it passes or not?? it’s all NULL AND VOID SO SAYS THE CONSTITUTION.

        2. right.
          and his name IS HARRY REID.
          i HOPE BEFORE Trump leaves office in 2025, he packs all the federal courts with STRICT CONSTITUTIONAL BELIEVING JUDGES .

      13. The Democrat Party has been attacking the protections of liberty and protections against tyranny in the Constitution for decades. Their attacks on the Second Amendment right of the people to keep and bear arms, as a deterrent and protection against government tyranny, is part of the Democrat Party’s Marxist agenda to create a socialist dictatorship.

        The Democrat Party has been attacking the fundamental Founding Principle that all power inherently belongs to the people, and the government can only exercise those powers delegated to it by the people in the Constitution.

        The Democrat Party has been attacking the limited enumerated powers of government in the Constitution, separation and balance of powers, the Second Amendment right of the people to keep and bear arms for self-defense and as a protection against government tyranny, equal suffrage of the states in the Senate, the Electoral College, the right to fair and honest elections, and the right to a presumption of innocence until proven guilty — which is an American tradition that is not even in the Constitution.

        Democrat presidents legislate from the White House through executive orders, as Obama did to create amnesty for younger illegal aliens.

        Democrat presidents and governors appoint leftist activist judges who, through their Court rulings, effectively amend the Constitution in violation of Article V, and effectively legislate from the courthouse in violation of the separation of powers in the Constitution.

        The Democrat Party has been hijacked by Marxists with an agenda to destroy individual liberty; further plunder the income, savings, and property of the people; and ultimately bring back the Democratic Party institution of slavery. The Second Amendment is the most important right in the Constitution, because it protects all of our other rights.

        The Democrat party’s addiction to power and its agenda to create a dictatorship are the reason it opposes secure borders and reasonable and necessary protections against election fraud and theft, and enacts laws to facilitate election fraud and theft.

        The Democrat Party wants unsecure open borders and creates sanctuary cities and states to attract tens of millions of illegal aliens and future Democrat voters from corrupt socialist countries south of the border.

        The Democrat Party passed a law giving official driver licenses to illegal aliens in California, and then used the Democrat Motor Voter law to register illegal aliens to vote.

        ~~~~~~~~~~

        None of the rights in the Constitution and Bill of Rights permit the criminal misuse of those rights, such as to commit murder, theft, or libel. It is intellectually dishonest for anyone to argue for abolishing any right in the Constitution and Bill of Rights that a criminal could misuse.

        The last 40 years of the most complete and accurate scientific criminological research shows gun control increases violent crime and never reduces crime, costing thousands of lives each year, and endangering everyone including those who choose not to own firearms.

        Research by Professor Gary kleck and others found there are 2.5 million defensive gun uses by ordinary Americans each year, usually without having to shoot the attacker to provide an adequate defense. Firearms are used at least five times more often for self-defense by ordinary Americans than they are misused in all crimes, suicides, and accidents combined.

        Kleck’s research also found that ordinary Americans armed with firearms provide significant crime control and deterrent effects that are at least as effective as the entire criminal justice system, including the police, courts, and prisons combined.

        ~~~~~~~~~~

        An analysis of the Second Amendment based on its text, context, vocabulary, syntax, historical context, the Federalist Papers, and the founding principles and the Founders’ philosophy show there is no doubt the Second Amendment recognizes and protects a pre-existing God-given individual Natural Right to self-defense, and to have a deterrent and protection against government tyranny.

        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 Second Amendment is a “right of the people” in the Bill of Rights, and the “people” in the Second Amendment are the same “people” as in the rest of the Bill of Rights and Constitution, and in the Declaration of Independence.

        The Second Amendment has the strictest wording of all the amendments in the Bill of Rights, stating that the right of the people to keep and bear arms “shall not be infringed”.

        “Well regulated” in the Second Amendment has nothing to do with government rules and regulations. “Well regulated” in that context means proficient, precise, and accurate. To this day, a double-barrel rifle is said to be “well regulated” if both barrels shoot to the same point of aim.

        The term “well regulated” is used in The Federalist Papers with regards to a well regulated militia being proficient, precise, and accurate. The militia in the Second Amendment is all able-bodied Americans capable of bearing arms. It is called the unorganized militia in the Militia Act. Members of the militia in the Second Amendment were expected to provide their own firearms and maintain them in working condition.

        The term “arms” in the Second Amendment includes at least dual-use individual (non-crew-served) weapons that have both military and civilian uses. That includes all types of firearms that fire one bullet or shotgun shell per trigger-pull, and many other types of weapons that have both military uses, and civilian uses including self-defense, hunting, or sporting. It may also include weapons with primarily military uses, such as fully-automatic firearms (machine guns).

        The Founders intended that the armed populace would be capable of preventing a standing army from being used as a tool of tyranny and oppression against the people. This is expressed by the Founders in the Federalist Papers.

        The Second Amendment applies to modern technology, just as do the First Amendment and the other amendments in the Bill of Rights, and the unenumerated rights and freedoms recognized and protected in the Ninth amd Tenth Amendments.

        The Founders were extraordinarily intelligent men who understood that science and technology advance with time. Some of the Founders were scientists and inventors.

        There is nothing in the Constitution that limits individual liberty to the technology in existence at the time the Constitution was written and ratified. Otherwise, Freedom of the Press would be limited to the printing press and distribution technologies of the 1700s. Freedom of Speech would be limited to face to face communications, and to written and printed communications that could be delivered by hand, horse, horse-drawn cart or wagon, and unpowered boats and ships. The freedom to travel would be limited to foot, horse, and unpowered boats and ships.

        Regarding the grammar of the Second Amendment, the second clause, “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed”, is the independent clause and it stands alone.

        The prefatory clause, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State”, cannot stand alone. It is not a limiting clause, but an explanatory clause that strengthens and reinforces the protection of the individual right to keep and bear arms.

        The founders created a nation based on individual liberty and unalienable God-given rights, not collective rights or group rights that cannot be individually and unilaterally invoked by any member of the group. Otherwise there are no individual rights.

        There is no such thing as collective rights or group rights in the philosophy of the American Founders. That is a fiction fabricated by leftist Democrats in recent history.

        Furthermore, a right cannot be reinterpreted or limited in a way that renders it non-existent and meaningless.

        According to the American Founders, the primary purpose of government is to protect individual liberty, not to reduce or abolish individual liberty. The primary purpose of the Second Amendment is to deter and protect against a government tyranny. The right to keep and bear arms would be used as a last resort to overthrow a government tyranny, and to re-establish our constitutional republic and restore individual liberty.

        The Declaration of Independence reads:

        “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.”

        Read the book, That Every Man Be Armed: The Evolution of a Constitutional Right, by constitutional law scholar Stephen Halbrook for more information.

        – Mike Robbins, PublicSafetyProject.com

    29. The government is so jacked up they couldn’t decide in what order to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, let alone make SCOTUS go from 9 to 13 members. Further, it’s not just Congress. The size is set in Article 3, meaning a Constitutional Convention would also have to be held with at least 2/3 of the states ratifying. Lastly, even when Obama was president, with a liberal Congress, and a liberal court, gun control loosened and rights were codified. Now Trump….”take their guns if you think you have a reason, due process can come later.” And the NRA applauded.

    30. What good is the document that keeps us all free if we allow our elected officials legislate from emotion and not doctrine. The human heart is fickle and rarely reliable. We have God-given rights that no person can strip us of. We only need courage and backbone to exercise those rights. That comes from trusting our Creator.

      1. History repeats itself because we rarely learn from our past. We have thousands of years of evidence just how fickle the heart and mind are. People, in their amazing ignorance believe humans can be better. While some are and some change becoming better, the majority never do. We only have God-given rights if we stand up for them and not allow those in power to rob of us of those. What percentage of a given population must exercise these rights by uniting and fighting off the blood-suckers? Supposedly only about 3 – 5 % of the new Americans stood up against the British in the Revolutionary War. How many of us today must stand up? I do not know but am willing to be one of those that do. Otherwise we will lose this country to the communist/democRATS.

        I have children. How can I NOT stand up when their future is in the balance. THIS is how we should be thinking. It’s not just about our lives, but our future generation’s lives. Can we live with the knowledge that we didn’t guarantee their future? What will our legacy be if we cave?

        We have a document, bearing the most sought after principles around the world. We have long forgotten the importance of it if we do not wake up and hold the scum of both parties accountable. But how we do this is what I am at a loss for. One of the major problems of a country/government and its populace that is based on individual liberties is the lack of organization/agreement to enforce the rights. Benjamin Franklin is rumored to have said,
        ” Well, Doctor, what have we got—a Republic or a Monarchy?” .. “A Republic, if you can keep it.”
        Can we keep it in the face of all that has gone on most recently? What must we actually do to keep it? Armed resistance? Voting? Impeachments? Where do we begin is my dilemma.

        1. That’s the problem of today’s voting age generation or soon to be. They’re getting indoctrinated with these liberal ideas about how much better the world would be without the freedoms we embrace. They are being sold a bill of goods rather than the Bill of Rights. You say we have children we have to fight for when it’s our children that are leading the leftist agendas. My own children are so left it’s pathetic & it continues because NOBODY in power, is doing a damn thing about it.
          Our Constitution is under attack, period. We’re the ones that are going to save it or lose it. Even if the SCOTUS were to increase…even in our favor…what would stop future left wing nuts from increasing again until they have the numbers on their side? Hell, it could get up to 121, 60 right, 60 left & 1 in the middle. This shit will never stop until WE stop it. I’m 9 days shy of being 64 but I would give it my all to assure our Constitution is intact & STILL our law of the land.
          I wish we had some legislators with some balls.

        2. In all my reading, I see a disturbing trend to publish “bad facts” which once the mind has seen, stay in one’s subconscious memory!!..So here is a few TRUE FACTS BROTHERS!!!!…US total Military ( including cooks, mechanics, office personal, etc) 2.5 – 2.7 Million!!! That’s including personal stationed all over the world! …In 2017..32 MILLION! HUNTING LICENSES ISSUED!!!….Each one has at least 3-5 guns..Each one trains in the woods every year for months with multiple weapons ( Black Powder, Bows, Crossbows, etc.) ..Each one on average has 2 – 3 sons or daughters and most have wives, whom they have TRAINED and participate yearly also…Even if you lowball the actual numbers…and figure another 50% that don’t hunt, but own and train with GUNS AND OTHER WEAPONS! …You can roughly calculate there are somewhere north of 400 MILLON guns in private MILITARY TRAINED HANDS!…and the real KICKER!!..is that all these folks (somewhere around 80 MILLION!!) ….ARE MILITARY TRAINED . SNIPERS!!!!!! with upwards of 400 MILLION GUNS!!! and around 200 MILLION alternative WEAPONS!!!.. If 25% of these folks mobilize and go to WASINGTON!!..We could FIRE EVERY PROFESSIONAL POLITICIAN IN THE US GOVERNMENT!!!!!!!!!!!! and believe me..THEY KNOW IT!!!!!!

    31. I’m so tired of seeing these sneaky crooked ass politicians say the U.S. Constitution is unclear or it wasnt predicting what the future holds or the words and vocabulary were different and had different meanings. BULLSHIT!!!! Its pretty simple and cut and dry when it comes to the 2nd Amendment. In my opinion the 2nd amendment gives us people the right or it supports our God Given rights to bear arms. That those right shall not be infringed upon…So I’m my opinion and what it really means for the dummies out there is that this Amendment is completely protected. Period. You can’t ratify it,,,you cant change it,,,Just like in 1969 when congress changed the laws and made it where felons can no longer possess firearms. That is illlegal and against the law what Congress did. You can decide who can and cant own firearms. What part of that easy amendment is hard to understand??? None of it. It’s very easy to understand. BOTTOM LINE IS WE ARE ALLOWED TO HAVE FIREARMS. I DONT CARE IF YOUR A. SERIAL KILLER,,A FOUR. TIME FELON,,ECT. WE ALL HAVE THAT RiGHHT TO BEAR ARMS. It doesnt matter if you butchered 50 people and was charged with a serious felony,,,you as an American still have a right to bear arms. I dont understand what stupid idiots dont understand the meaning of infringe. So amendment 2 is the only amendment that is untouchable. Shall not change. Shall not be infringed upon. Am I correct in my opinion??? I believe I’m correct.

      1. You people are so full of bullshit, it’s laughable and scary. That anyone can begin, let alone continue, this ridiculous course of conversation (and that term is loosely applied) without having read or read thoroughly our Constitution, is absurd. The 2nd Amendment is no more inviolate than any other provision in the Constitution and it does not and was not meant to confer upon the populace anything more than the right if the People to form a militia.

        Since the Democratic Party was formed, its first President being Andrew Jackson, hardly one to be anti-gun, please provide at least one instance where the government with a Democrat in the White House has made any efforts at any time to disarm the citizenry of this Country. It has not happened, moreover, it has not even been discussed, except by those so softheaded as to believe the sewage poured out by the NRA and people like Marion Hammer. If you want to pontificate about a problem, how’s clean water, health care, pollution, addiction to fossil fuels, starvation, education, or anything else that’s real strike you? I guess next you’ll be discussing fashion tips for the Tooth Fairy or what Santa should name his new reindeer.

      2. You are more correct than you know. There is a almost unknown Federal Law that states, something like this.
        ” The government does not have the right to grant it’s
        self privilege, or Grant anyone else privilege, or Grant negative privilege, or Grant any form of privilege for payment.”
        It says this law can not be changed, and they can not make any law that circumvents this law. It defines violation of this law as treason against the people.
        Sorry about trying to remember the exact words, it’s been @ 49 years and I only saw it once when I was doing homework for a speech class in high school. we

      3. 100% TRUE AND CORRECT!
        GOVERNMENT WAS NOT GRANTED RI G HTS OR POWERS OVER THE PEOPLE, THEY ARE HIRED BY US, WE CREATED AND OWN GOVERNMENT…NOT OUR EMPLOYEES!

        RIGHTS CAN NOT BE DENIED OR TAKEN ..NOBODY HOLDS SUCH POWER!
        GOVERNMENT ARROGANCE and IGNORANCE is destroying our nation..

        MORE GOVERNMENT EQUALS MORE SLAVERY AND INDENTURED SERVANTS!

    32. So Harold,
      Are just now figuring this I out? You need to dig a little deeper to see how this would work – as well as its limitations. You over simplified this thing as well. As Daniel said, the possibility of this happening is so remote anyway.
      Your opinion here is just a way to rile up your basest members.

      Also, You are assuming a Democrat wins the presidency?

    33. maybe we need to take those people’s rights away that are trying to take our rights away we have a right to bear arms so maybe we need to take those other people’s rights away far as I’m concerned nobody is going to take my rights away to bear arms So to that people that are trying to take my rights away we need to take yours away

      1. Hand up,, I agree with Mark.. No one given up there rights at our house either, come on back sometime and let us now how that worked out and have a nice day.. dont let that gate hit ya in the ass on the way out…

    34. Extreme leftist can’t win so they try to stack the deck.. Laws passed by tyrants are not laws..
      Not long ago being a socialist in this country would find you in front of a congressional hearing and would ruin your career and your life.. Now, young millenials brainwashed, indoctrinated to think socialism is cool.. Will be the destruction of this country if not put in check now..

    35. It seems like this is a little bit of fear mongering. But you also mistake what the second amendment actually says. People talked differently back then, and it actually says: “Because militias are necessary to peace, and they’re able to have guns, then so are the people, and nothing should ever be done to disarm the people.”

      It’s crazy how many people get the wording of the second amendment completely wrong.

    36. These fears and possibilities are exactly why we have the second amendment.

      Every day the situation appears to get closer and closer to us needing to remind the politicians of this, as the left grows increasingly bold in their shift farther and farther from what this Country was supposed to be.

      I live in one of the states that is quickly being legislated towards socialism, and I’ve made the decision that I will not run, the progressives are spreading too fast. I will no longer abide by the laws stripping us of our God given rights that our founders fought and died for. If I go to jail for this, so be it. We’re cowards, not Patriots if we arent going to stand up to a tyrannical government, elected by those who have no concern about what this is doing to our future.

      1. I’m right there with you, out of my cold dead hands is the only way they will ever get my guns. I refuse to succumb to a radical socialist government. I will stand and fight for my God given rights.

      2. Pack it. Without a moment’s hesitation. Two reasons.
        1. Gorsuch’s supreme court is a stolen seat. McConnell refused to have a hearing on Merrick Garland, a very moderate pick of Obama’s who still had over eleven months in office. Garland had recieved confirmation by a 76-23 vote in the lower DC court, 32 of those votes being Republican. Let’s also keep in mind that the Republicans could NOT confirm Gorsuch legitimately, having to cheat the system and use a “Nuclear Option” removing the filibuster that had existed for supreme court nominations since the countries infancy. By all rights, even after Kavanaugh’s nomination, there should only be 4 hard Conservatives, 4 Liberals, and a swing vote moderate.
        2. A basic second grade reading of our constitution. Article I, powers of Congress stipulate that Congress will organize, arm, discipline and govern the militia discussed in the second. It also stated that Congress would call up the militia to execute the laws of the union, suppress insurrection, and repel invasions. Obviously the three actions described above are accomplished by law enforcement, the national guard, and the best outfitted military in the world. Also note that all of the three above ARE manned by the “people”, so the Second is ready fully satisfied by anyone wanting to join up.
        DC v Heller got it all wrong. There is NO guarantee in the Second that allows the next mass shooter of children, rights to any weapon he so desire.
        The first 4 words stipulate “A well regulated milita”. Regulate.
        Without hesitation, pack that court.

        1. You talk about the nuclear option. This was a weapon created by the democrats. So you blame republicans for using the same weapon democrats created against them? That’s just plain stupid.

          I for one will NEVER give up my guns. The right to keep and bear arms is my right. And I will keep and bear them. Those of you who don’t believe that it is a God given right, just because you have freedom of speech doesn’t mean we have to listen. My advice is move to a different country where guns are outlawed. You’ll feel much safer in the arms of a tyrannical loving government.

          1. @m. A merric garland is a kind of seemingly pleasant string flowers that binds and chokes off formerly free Americans. Sometimes referred to as the Elitist Rose.

      3. i am with you on that.
        and is the VERY REASON WHY OUR FOUNDERS ADDED THE 2ND AMENDMENT INTO THE BILLS OF RIGHTS TELLING THE GOVERNMENT WITH THE DO NOT INFRINGE ADDED.
        besides the GOVT NOR ANY STATES HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO TRY AND DISARM WE THE PEOPLE.
        because we the people have the RIGHT TO UNDO THIS GOVT, CREATE ANOTHER ONE, OR FIX THIS ONE.
        and if that MEANS BY FORCE OF ARMS, WE ALSO HAVE THE RIGHT TO DO THAT AS WELL.
        i feel we have less than TWO YEARS, NOW THAT THOSE RADICAL LAWLESS COMMUNIST DMEORAT SCUM TOOK OVER THE HOUSE, BEFORE WE GET TO THE SHOOTING PART OF THE WAR WE FIND OURSELVES IN AND STARTED BY THEM.
        THEY MEAN TO RULE OVER US, AND WE MEAN THEY AREN’T.
        so a C LASH IS COMING.

    37. Adding justices to the SCOTUS was thought of once before by FDR amd it didn’t work out to well. The truth is, there is no way in hell that this is ever going to take place. It isn’t even a remote possibility at this point. If the writer seriously believes this and is actually frightened by what he wrote, he’s paranoid and not operating in reality. Stop trying to scare the shit out of people. Ridiculous article.

    38. Vietnam veterans that are law abiding citizens that serve this country honorable and held our buddies in a hot LZ until they took the last gasp of air succumbing their death , if we take any type of medication, we’re danger of losing ourir second amendment rights , that’s like spitting in our faces oh wait a minute America you already did that to us when we came home…. now these lily-livered cowards say oh thank you for serving I say screw you when man’s laws override God laws there’s something really wrong with this country especially when our
      X Attorney General deals with the drug cartels in , illegal firearm sales, which is a treasonous offense he retires and rewarded with a successful law business….

      1. Well said. Could not agree more with you. I still remember coming home in 67 and feeling the disdain from the u.s. population because I was a soldier. I will never forget that feeling.

    39. I wonder why liberals always tout the fault or abuse of the NRA. I also wonder why conservatives tout the overreach of the current liberal flavor of the month. The Constitution and 2nd amendment are not unclear. Do not let politics or opinion sway the fact that the right to bear arms shall not be impinged. The right is implied and inalienable, per our founding document. Period. Where people lose or feel that they can argue this is wholly lost on anyone who has a brain or a spine and can back up the most basic of arguments.

      1. The author has an agenda, court packing is what is happening every day in the US Senate. The term militia is there for a reason. All school shootings were done by. US Citizens with legally purchased arms. God have mercy on those students would.

        1. TJ Thomas says -“All school shootings were done by. US Citizens with legally purchased arms. ”
          TJ Thomas is an idiot. Maybe he should go back and read who did what and how they got the weapons used..

          1. Another idiot from the treason state of Texas. We should give that state and all the inbred idiots in it back to Mexico. Problem solved

      2. The NRA that helped funnel Russian money into our elections? The TREASONOUS NRA?

        If you want to know what our fellow gun owners think of treason, scroll through the comments here.

    40. “uphold Andrew Cuomo’s abuses against the NRA”

      Abuses? The NRA rushed into an industry without doing any basic research and broke the law.

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