As is the case with every mass shooting, our civil right to own firearms and the notion of infringing on those rights is a hot topic right now.
Articles are shared and reshared on social media, as if we’re going to change each other’s worldviews. I do it too. Personally, I just want folks to understand where I stand on the issues, as if that wasn’t clear enough already. 🙂
Above all, I want to clarify one single point with the alleged gun control debate. The right to purchase, possess (inside and outside the home), and use firearms is not a privilege. It is a basic human right. The US Constitution recognizes this right, and categorizes it as a civil right. Imagine needing a permit in order to have a cop NOT enter your home without a warrant because he/she wants to see if you’ve got something illegal. The 4th Amendment actually means something, and you have the basic human right, codified as a civil right, to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures.
This is the same way all of our civil rights shall be treated. What part of shall not be infringed do so many Americans not understand?
One article I read today attempted to compare the overregulation of florists in Florida to the ease of access to a firearm, by a law abiding citizen. This is a comparison of a right to a choice. It’s a failed comparison!
Then there’s the old argument that the government should respect the rights of hunters as it attempts to infringe on the rights of other law abiding citizens. THE 2ND AMENDMENT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH HUNTING OR SPORTING! Read it!
“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.”
As you look at the history of the US, we have survived through several waves of civil rights violations. I trust in our system to repair the damage. Every day I see encouraging news coming from states that are repairing their past infringements.
- Gov. Walker loosens Wisconsin’s gun restrictions, defends timing after Charleston shooting
- Bryant Signs Two Concealed Carry Bills
- Despite veto threat, Minn. governor signs bill to legalize suppressors
Clearly I’m passionate about this issue. I’ll leave you with a truth that so many just don’t understand, fueled by their emotions on this issue, instead of sound thinking.