USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- The political left likes to refer to it as a “debate,” as if somehow the nations' Founding Father's didn't know what they were doing when they wrote the Second Amendment to the U.S Constitution.
This, by the way, infers that they (the socialist left) know better what the Second Amendment means than the men who wrote it. Of course, that's patently absurd, but in today's day and age of instant communication and fake news, the vast majority of which leans socialist left, it's understandable why they believe their interpretation as the truth. I mean come on, when MSDNC, CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS (and sometimes FOX-See Sheppard Smith, Juan Williams or Judge Napolitano) always tow your line and push your narrative, it's hard to see otherwise.
Let me give you an example of what I'm referring to. The hard-line gun prohibitionists like to tell us that the Second Amendment applies only to a connection with military service, such as a national guard, for example, and not the individual people. In other words, they would have us believe it belongs to the state. I forget how many times I've mentioned this over the years on air, but the authors of the Bill of Rights said “the people” in the document, five times including the Second Amendment “right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.
- Amendment I: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
- Amendment II: 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.
- Amendment IV: The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
- Amendment IX: The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
- Amendment X: The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.
The meaning of the word “people” is so clear that one would have to be stretching the truth (read: lying) to infer the word meant anything other than the individual.
In fact, Amendment IV connects the word “people” to the word “person,” Amendment IX refers to the “people” without any other reference, and Amendment X clearly separates the “people” from the “state.” To believe otherwise would mean Amendment IX should have read “shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the states, or by the people.” Of course, the reason the founders didn't include “by the states” in Amendment IX is that states don't have rights and any invocation that they do only applies to powers (which are not unlimited and are subject to review and oversight) by the people if they are found to be unconstitutional.
Here's the bottom line: The authors of our Bill of Rights didn't make a mistake.
They actually knew what they were doing and articulated their intent clearly and unambiguously. If they had meant something else, they would have simply said it rather than cryptically written other amendments in ways that would have required centuries of debating and deciphering, instead, they were crystal clear – we, (the people), have an individual right to bear arms that shall not be infringed. You know it, I know it, and they know it. There is no debate now, and there has never been unless of course, you're a leftists socialist who seeks to control me – and good luck with that!
About Mark Walters
Mark Walters is the host of two nationally syndicated radio broadcasts, Armed American Radio and Armed American Radio's Daily Defense with Mark Walters. He is the Second Amendment Foundations 2015 Gun Rights Defender of the Year award recipient and co-author of two books, Lessons from Armed America with Kathy Jackson (Whitefeather Press) and Lessons from UnArmed America with Rob Pincus (Whitefeather Press)