Forbes on the 2nd Amendment


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Derek Zeanah
December 28, 2012, 07:02 PM
A brief snip:

Hard cases make bad law, which is why they are reserved for the Constitution, not left to the caprice of legislatures, the sophistry and casuistry of judges or the despotic rule making of the chief executive and his bureaucracy. And make no mistake, guns pose one of the hardest cases a free people confronts in the 21st century, a test of whether that people cherishes liberty above tyranny, values individual sovereignty above dependency on the state, and whether they dare any longer to live free.

A people cannot simultaneously live free and be bound to any human master or man-made institution, especially to politicians, judges, bureaucrats and faceless government agencies. The Second Amendment along with the other nine amendments of the Bill of Rights was designed to prevent individuals’ enslavement to government, not just to guarantee people the right to hunt squirrels or sport shoot at targets, nor was it included in the Bill of Rights just to guarantee individuals the right to defend themselves against robbers, rapers and lunatics, or to make sure the states could raise a militia quick, on the cheap to defend against a foreign invader or domestic unrest.

Read the whole thing here: http://www.forbes.com/sites/lawrencehunter/2012/12/28/gun-control-tramples-on-the-certain-virtues-of-a-heavily-armed-citizenry/

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Checkman
December 28, 2012, 07:07 PM
God editorial. I'll be posting the link on other sites.

22-rimfire
December 28, 2012, 07:26 PM
That is really quite excellent and eloquently stated.

Derek Zeanah
December 28, 2012, 07:28 PM
Yeah. I think this is the best mainstream piece on the meaning and importance of the second amendment that I've ever seen.

colorado_handgunner
December 28, 2012, 07:30 PM
Just finished reading it when my brother sent it over. Good article.

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Safety First
December 28, 2012, 08:52 PM
Hopefully people on the fence will read and learn the importance of the 2nd Amendment the same way the Founding Fathers did when it was included in The Bill of Rights.

gp911
December 28, 2012, 09:11 PM
Fantastic article! I'll be sharing that one.

preachnhunt
December 28, 2012, 09:36 PM
Excellent article. sent it to every one I know who will listen.

Sergei Mosin
December 29, 2012, 05:58 AM
Outstanding article. Worth reading a couple of times over.

yokel
December 29, 2012, 07:46 AM
Waiting for "That Day"?

Well, there isn't gonna be a "that day." The tyranny upon us has been building, one brick at a time. "They" have no plans for "that day." Things are progressing just fine for the people at Treason Incorporated. What matters to them is the slow erosion of our constitutional republic and its equally slow replacement with their administrative regime. Anybody waiting for "that day" will find themselves surrounded by a brick wall of tyranny out of which they will no longer be able to shoot.

berettaprofessor
December 29, 2012, 09:37 AM
Great, great article. Hope it gets some notice beyond these forums.

Boostedtwo
December 29, 2012, 10:19 AM
This is a great artical.

Carter
December 29, 2012, 10:58 AM
Excellent article. Shared it on Facebook.

bds
December 29, 2012, 11:20 AM
Excellent article that deserves emails to our law makers, friends, families, neighbors, coworkers, etc. - spread the word!

To those who compare USA to other countries, I want to point out the arguments made by the article is why the Constitution exists for this great country. Just look at other countries around the world that do not have constitution like ours ...

The Second Amendment was designed to ensure that individuals retained the right and means to defend themselves against any illegitimate attempt to do them harm ... The Second Amendment was meant to guarantee individuals the right to protect themselves against government as much as against private bad guys and gangs.

That is why the gun grabbers’ assault on firearms is ... a blatant attack on the very legitimacy of self-defense itself. It’s not really about the guns; it is about the government’s ability to demand submission of the people ... The people either have the right to own and bear arms, or they don’t, and to the extent legislators, judges and bureaucrats disparage that right, they are violating the U.S. Constitution as it was originally conceived, and as it is currently amended.

The Founders understood that the right to own and bear laws is as fundamental and as essential to maintaining liberty as are the rights of free speech, a free press, freedom of religion and the other protections against government encroachments on liberty delineated in the Bill of Rights.

The unfettered right to own and bear arms consecrates individual sovereignty and ordains the right of self-defense.

pendennis
December 29, 2012, 12:16 PM
WOW!! One of the best written essays I've read on the subject!!

Great find, Derek!

Shimitup
December 29, 2012, 01:03 PM
Outstanding, posted on my facebook page.

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