LETTER TO THE EDITOR: A timely lesson on gun control in America

It seems that as the more we advance technologically, the more we regress governmentally, civically and intellectually.

“No people will tamely surrender their Liberties, nor can any be easily subdued, when knowledge is diffused and virtue is preserved. On the Contrary, when people are universally ignorant, and debauched in their Manners, they will sink under their own weight without the Aid of foreign Invaders.” (Samuel Adams)

We’re sinking, America; we’re sinking fast. It’s not just the Marxists, the Communists or the Liberal Progressives, but we now have people who hold themselves up to be Constitutionalists, or at the very least, to be Conservatives, that are crying out for security over liberty, and we can’t have that; it’s a false paradigm. There will never be 100-percent security, and there will always be a loss of liberty.

There are things we need to learn and understand. Believe it or not, we need to talk about gun control. It’s all over the media; all our pundits are talking about it; our president is talking about it; all our politicians are talking about it; our favorite talking heads are talking about it. We need to know about gun control, and our Framers had gun control in mind when they drafted the Second Amendment.

First, we need to understand the foundation, cornerstone taught by James Madison in his writings “Property.” “In a word, as a man is said to have a right in his property, he may be equally said to have a property in his rights.” Next, we need to understand Samuel Adams’ essay “Of the Natural Rights of Colonists.” “Among the natural rights of the Colonists are these: First, a right to life; secondly, to liberty; thirdly, to property; together with the right to support and defend them in the best manner they can. These are evident branches of, rather than derived from, the duty of self-preservation, commonly called the first law of nature.”

Think about that: from a fundamental perspective, everyone’s first duty is to self-preservation. Why? Because if you can’t preserve yourself, then, what else can you preserve? If you do not have a security in your person, then, absolutely nothing else is secure; that’s the first natural law. What James Madison is explaining in “Property” is: that place where you physically put your feet, you have a natural right to acquire it.

Now, you don’t have a natural right to have someone give property to you; there’s no natural right to have stuff given to you; all of your natural rights are yours to maintain and to acquire on your own, with, of course, the exception of life: nobody gives you life, except for the Giver of life. Liberty is not just something that is given to you from God, but something that you have to hold onto and secure.

Property is not something that is given to you by government! Oh, my bad, I’m sorry; did the government make the Sierra Mountains? Did the government make the plains of the Midwest, the beaches? No, that property has been given to us by God, and we are to be stewards of that property. Physical property is a tangible right, so, your rights are just as physical as that property.

If you would not allow a government agency to come and reinterpret what your land boundaries are after having a survey, why do we sit back and allow a government agency to reinterpret what are our rights? The Right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. (Emphasis mine.) Our right to speech, freedom of press, cannot be reinterpreted.

The irony of all this is that the government reinterprets our rights based on their needs and their desires. Our rights, those things which are unalienable, those things which come from God, not from government, are being reinterpreted by the entity whose only purpose is to secure them. Think about that. The Declaration of Independence …

“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 to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed”… (governments are instituted among men with the sole purpose to secure our rights and the very purpose for which they were created, they are violating, with our permission, our rights, because we’ve failed to see that liberty must come before security!)

We cannot trade liberty for security; security is an illusion. We will never be secure, free from fear, free from pain, free from suffering, until we leave this earth. These are the truths that we must hold onto: that these rights are ours, unalienable. How does gun control play into that?

Fundamentally ignorant is not an insult; it’s a fact in Americans (and don’t forget, I’m one also!). It means knowledge is lacking. I didn’t say I was stupid. Ignorant and stupid are not the same. Stupid is as stupid does! The Second Amendment does not give Americans the right to keep and bear arms. Remember, Samuel Adams said that is part of natural law, that is our fundamental right, that is a natural right (to keep and bear arms). Why? It follows with the first law of nature, of self-preservation.

Our right to protect our life, liberty, and property follows from the first natural law of nature, of self-preservation, not government. Our right to keep and bear arms does not come from the Second Amendment, and the government can lose its stinking mind and rewrite the Second Amendment every day if it wants to; it will still not remove our right to keep and bear arms.

They may attempt to remove our availability, privileges, but they cannot take our rights, and that’s something we need to understand! We need to recognize the source of where our rights come from and their purpose! Fox News, seriously. Come on, People, let’s get educated!

Robert Duff
Smyrna

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