Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Machiavelli said of the Swiss that they were "the most free and most armed people" of Europe. Get it? The connection between arms and freedom? The Second Amendment has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with sportsmen hunting. It states: "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." James Madison, author of the Second Amendment, wrote that Americans had "the advantage of being armed," that was lacking in other nations, where "the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms." Patrick Henry proclaimed the "great object is that every man be armed. . . . Everyone who is able may have a gun." The Second Amendment was then, as it is today, about freedom and the means to protect it. On December 17, 2004, the U.S. Department of Justice published an exhaustive Second Amendment memorandum. It concludes without reservation that "the Second Amendment secures a personal right of individuals, not a collective right that may only be invoked by a State or a quasi-collective right restricted to those persons who serve in organized militia units." http://www.usdoj.gov/olc/2004opinions.htm The Founding Fathers distrusted a government that wouldn't trust its people and so should you. To ensure the freedoms mentioned in the Declaration of Independence, the authors of the U.S. Constitution and its Bill of Rights made it clear that individual rights were paramount. The Bill of Rights, wrote Madison, was "calculated to secure the personal rights of the people." Yes. that means the ENTIRE Bill of Rights. Even the Second Amendment! The Second Amendment remains the most important right among equals, because it is the one that we can turn to when the others are threatened.
Posted by The Ghost of Jefferson at 1:17 PM