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Monday, June 13, 2016

You are not a well-regulated militia

The Second Amendment reads: "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."

Passed by Congress in 1789, and ratified in 1791, it is clear that this amendment was put into place well before the average citizen had access to automatic weapons. The point, in fact, of the Second Amendment was to restrict Congress from being able to legislate away a state's right to self-defense.

But I don't see any states organizing state armies to defend themselves.

Over the past couple of hundred years, and especially after the Civil War, the United States has melded into a unified country. States utilize all of their rights and legislate in different ways, but with no other constitutional wording do private individuals within any states use the document for their own private ends. They are held by the laws at the state and federal level. We need gun laws at the state and federal level.

The main push of this amendment was to allow peoples who may be oppressed by those in power to defend themselves against such marginalization.

We are using it to do the very opposite. People are using the Second Amendment, something there to boost up the underprivileged, as a way to keep the underprivileged in check.

People are using an amendment that was suppose to promote equality to kill those who try to live equally. We see mass shootings on school campuses from the elementary level to the university level. We see mass shootings in churches where the main population is black. We see mass shootings of women when a man has been spurned. We just saw our largest mass shooting ever, in a club meant as a safe haven for our LGBTQ community in Orlando on their Latin night. It was a hate crime, plain and simple.

We see mass shootings of peoples who are already oppressed by the institution by people who are protected by that institution in various ways.

In 1939, the Supreme Court verified the intent of the Second Amendment as an issue of collective rights. They said in The United States v. Miller that Congress could regulate firearms (in this case, a sawed-off shotgun) that did not have "some reasonable relationship to the preservation or efficiency of a well-regulated militia."

This reading of the Constitution remained in place until 2008.

Let me say it again for those people in the back:

The reading of the Constitution that allowed for Congress to regulate sale of some firearms remained in place until 2008.

So, please, don't act like our country has been giving you AK-47s for 50 years.

You all only just got this right, and look what you've managed to do with it.

In The District of Columbia v. Heller, Heller argued the D.C. handgun ban that had been in place for 32 years.

In a 5-4 split decision, the Court decided on an individual right to bear arms. The Court followed that up in 2010 with another 5-4 decision in favor of getting rid of handgun bans, this time in Chicago.

This wild west of guns is new, and it is wrong. And it would not take much to overturn these precedents. The gun lobby is strong, the NRA is strong. There are many politicians who support and profit from these groups. Here are the ones who banned background checks for the purchase of firearms.

Other politicians have introduced hundreds of anti-LGBTQ bills over the past couple of years. We must see them. This is not an Islam v west shooting. This was a hate crime against a very vulnerable population already, and the Christian right is just as much to blame as anyone else. No, they are more to blame. They dehumanize those who simply wish to exist, to survive. And that dehumanization along with our lax gun laws pave the way for hate to shoot down scores of people just because.

Just. Because.

Where is the freedom in that? The freedom of more than 100 dead and injured doesn't outweigh the freedom of one person?

The Declaration of Independence states that the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are unalienable. The Bill of Rights (the first ten amendments, of which, obviously, the second is one) are meant to maintain these rights.

It is failing. It has failed. It stands in the way of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It stands in the way of life.

It ends life.

Over and over again.

Enough.

You are not a well-regulated militia.


18 comments:

  1. A lame regurgitation of an old anti- argument. IF the Founders didn't envision SEMI-automatic rifles, they certainly didn't envision the internet you are sowing fascistic nonsense on.
    Teh Bill of Rights were all about INDIVIDUAL Rights and were appended to our Constitution as a grand compromise to secure ratification in 1789. They were all crafted to secure the rights of the individual against the powers of Government.
    And "well regulated" in the parlance of the day was about training, conversant in the use of arms, in this case. It does NOT mean smothered in government regulations.
    Furthermore it is clear from teh writings of several Founders, particularly the gents that WROTE the Constitution, that the 'militia' is the whole people.
    There is NOTHING that outweighs our enumerated rights, PARTICULARY when it comes to arms. To think the actions of a criminal should circumscribe the rights of law-abiding people is the very essence of fear-driven tyranny and is to be resisted utterly.
    I think your petit tyrants blathering about rescinding our rights should just go ahead and try it. Then you will truly learn the intended purpose of the 2nd Amendment, as security against a tyrannical government and as guarantor of the REST of our rights.

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  2. Do some research. "Well regulated" has a meaning. And it's not what you think. Also, militia has qualifiers. It's been discussed ad nauseam in many articles that are much better researched that this one. As far as your hatred for Christians, well, I hope you get better. Such emotions are not healthy and rather dangerous.

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  3. I was gonna let this be, but I really just can't in good faith. A lot of your stated facts are not accurate.

    First, the 2nd amendment was not put in place for the states to fight the Federal government; is was enacted to allow free Americans to defend themselves from violence and protect their rights, including state and federal government. The intent was explicitly to enable private citizens to possess military grade weapons. All this can be historically verified; the founders were quite explicit in their recorded letters and debates. Furthermore, it's highly unlikely that if the founders were alive today and learned about the atrocities of the last 200 years (Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, Mussolini, Khmer Rouge, Japanese internment, Extermination of Native Americans, Civil Rights movement, etc) that they would agree that the 2nd amendment is antiquated.

    I'm also a bit troubled by your statement that the Christian right is responsible for this shooting. This attack was conducted by an Afghan, Muslim, Democrat, homosexual who explicitly said he was doing it for ISIS. As much as I dislike the GOP's efforts against LGBT rights, this isn't their fault. This is the fault of ISIS and fundamental Islam. If you want to appropriately blame a group, blame the many Islamic nations that punish homosexuality by death. If you really believe in the values of tolerance and freedom, they deserve your scrutiny.

    Lastly, I'm not sure what you're advocating for. If you want an Assault Weapons Ban, we did that in the 90s and nothing changed. If you say that an AR15 is too dangerous to own, then you're saying that all guns are too dangerous to own; an AR15 is just a common rifle with some extra ergonomic features that make it more versatile for more owners. It's function is no different than that of any other rifle except that it can be customized to fit any shooter. You ban the AR15? Doesn't really bother me; I can handle my 12ga shotgun just as lethally. My 120lb wife? Not so much; an AR15 is the only weapon she can effectively use. By removing "bad" guns you're only hurting the people that need them the most.

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  4. As a schoolteacher and single dad of twin daughters myself, I am incredulous at your failure properly attribute the cause of this tragedy. Your vitriol against Christianity aside, your unwillingness to understand the spirit of this 2nd Amendment relegates you to little more than a tool, a parrot against the freedoms you clamor for yet decry in the same breath.

    I wonder if you have personal friends who have burned the American flag. I wonder if it's surprising to you that such a sentiment, protected by the Bill of Rights, puts one in an ideological alignment with this shooter, a radical Muslim seeking to kill and harm those who would espouse freedom. I wonder if you wouldn't have some equally long article describing your insidious convolutions of logic attempting to explain the difference.

    If the People will it, your tripe will have been for naught and gun control will yet again fail. My only subsequent hope would be that it cause liberal holders of public office to likewise fail this election cycle and yield to those fully and intellectually honestly committed to liberty.

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  6. " average citizen had access to automatic weapons"
    Your saying the average citizen has $20-30k + to invest in a highly regulated class 3 firearm , that since 1934 has only had 2 murders committed with a legally purchased machine gun 1 being by a cop . Since the Firearms Owners' Protection Act of May 19, 1986, ownership of newly manufactured machine guns has been prohibited to civilians. Machine guns which were manufactured prior to the Act's passage are regulated under the National Firearms Act, but those manufactured after the ban cannot ordinarily be sold to or owned by civilians.

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  7. This is quite easily the dumbest, most illogical line of thinking I've ever heard. Not only is it morally disgusting to use the bodies of the dead to spout forth your ill-reasoned line of crap. I'm betting that there are 49 dead people right now wishing that they had the means to protect themselves or their friends. Your unwillingness and utter cowardice to blame Islam and its hate for the carnage wrought the other night is proof-positive of the weakness of your ridiculous moral argument. The NRA is no more responsible for gun crime as the Ford Motor Company is responsible for the deaths attributable at the hands of a drunk driver. Our collective civil rights are more important than any one life or group of lives. The founders of this country made that abundantly clear. And only a mentally retarded or mentally unhinged individual would try to equivocate the country's most popular SPORTING ARM (the AR15) as either a "Weapon of War" or some sort of "battlefield weapon." It is neither. It is a single-shot weapon designed for civilians. An M16 (it's fully automatic counterpart) is a weapon of war. But neither of those are important right now, as the founders of this country in HUNDREDS of speeches, books, and writings underscored the importance of INDIVIDUAL CITIZENS in owning weapons of war and military arms as a bulwark against tyranny and an overreaching government. Colonists WENT TO WAR and killed their oppressors over a 13% tax rate and when the crown's troops marched to seize their weapons. How far have we fallen and allowed our country to sink...with over a 49% general tax rate and tyrannical overreaches becoming more and more common. Your ignorance and stupidity should be pitied and used as an example for students to learn from (after of course, you're put in an insane asylum somewhere and heavily medicated that is).

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