The constitutional right of Americans to own guns is under attack like never before. Yet the Framers found this right important enough to list second in the Bill of Rights:
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.
The Founding Fathers believed self-defense was a Biblical right to ensure citizens could defend themselves against any kind of illegal force --- from a neighbor, an outsider or their own government.
The anti-Second Amendment crowd believes they can regulate gun ownership based on the words "well regulated," but that intentionally ignores the Founders' meaning. It actually means well trained and prepared. However, regulation is exactly how they'll infringe on your Second Amendment rights. With 300 million guns currently owned by American citizens, it's not likely they'll be rounded up by some government agency. Instead, progressive liberals will do what they do best: apply massive regulations to drastically reduce your ability to purchase or own a firearm.
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Gun Control Part I: Liberal Ignorance and the Founders' True Intent
The ignorant statements of progressive politicians who oppose the Second Amendment would be funny if they weren't so deadly serious:
I actually don't know what a barrel shroud is. I believe it's a shoulder thing that goes up.
This right here has the ability with a 30-caliber clip to disperse with 30 bullets within half a second. Thirty magazine clip in half a second.
For most purposes, having these . . . these . . . these magazine clips that have more than 15 rounds in them, there's really no purpose for those, except for shooting targets or shooting people.
We have federal regulations and state laws that prohibit hunting ducks more than three rounds, and yet it's legal to hunt humans.
Actually, no, it isn't legal to hunt humans in any state. That would be considered murder.
To craft the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, America's Founders studied thousands of years' of the best knowledge mankind had to offer. They believed the right to self-defense was a fundamental God-given right that existed long before the creation of any government. In fact, written documents pertaining to self-preservation predate the Second Amendment by thousands of years.
More than anything else, the Second Amendment was intended for protection against a tyrannical government. Because of their own experiences with tyranny, the Founders provided the means by which the people could rise up and defend their liberty, if ever needed.
Gun Control Part II: Effectiveness of Strict Gun Laws
France, Great Britain and Australian have some of the strictest gun laws in the world. In a mandatory government "buyback" program, Australian gun owners were forced to relinquish their guns --- or go to jail, removing nearly 661,000 guns from law-abiding Aussies. Citizens were paid for their guns, but how do you put a price on security and freedom? One gun owner said, There's no ifs or buts about it, by taking that gun away from me, they've stolen something from me.
How effective has Australia's gun control program been? The NRA reported on a University of Melbourne and British Journal of Criminology study that took place 12 years after the imposed ban. The cold, hard facts cannot be denied:
• Armed robberies skyrocketed 69 percent
• Assaults involving guns rose 28 percent
• Gun murders increased 19 percent
• Home invasions jumped 21 percent
Over and over, the evidence shows that banning guns and imposing strict laws consistently raises homicide rates.
Gun Control Part III: Progressive Lies
Never let a serious crisis go to waste. It's the mantra of the progressive left, and they unashamedly use it to impose their agenda on America --- especially regarding the Second Amendment. Sadly, progressives use every single mass shooting as another opportunity to infringe on our right to bear arms, despite irrefutable evidence that gun laws would do nothing to prevent such crimes.
Ignoring the facts and deliberately lying to the American public has become standard operating procedure. When Barack Obama says that "states with the most gun laws tend to have the fewest gun deaths," he knows full well the semantics game he's playing. Cities like Chicago and Washington, D.C., have the toughest gun laws in the nation, along with the highest gun murder rates. The state of Illinois has a gun murder rate of 2.8 per 100,000 people, but Chicago is right at 16 per 100,000 --- five times the rate of Illinois. The states of Maryland and Virginia compare similarly with regard to Washington, D.C.
Even though progressives have failed to overturn the Second Amendment, they have made inroads by establishing things like gun-free zones --- the locations where most mass shootings now take place. Why? Because they're easy targets for those wishing to perpetrate evil and violence.
While progressives continue their illogical and emotional attacks on controlling gun violence by violating the rights of law-abiding citizens, the real issues go unaddressed. And the problem will never be solved until they stop blaming the guns and start concentrating on the people pulling the triggers.
Gun Control Part IV: Confiscation
If Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have never advocated taking guns from responsible gun owners, then why do they both keep suggesting that we could use, as a model for the United States, the gun laws in Britain and Australia? Two countries that have taken guns out of the hands of responsible gun owners.
For American citizens that don't believe that confiscation can happen in the United States of America, here's a clue: It already has.
This is where America is today in the battle to retain its Second Amendment rights. One slip up from a Second Amendment supporter brings widespread condemnation and ridicule from the media. But an anti-gun president of the United States can claim that your 14-year-old is more likely to have a fully automatic Glock G20 on their nightstand than a heartwarming copy of The Fault in Our Stars. The first step is knowing there is an ongoing attack.
And while progressives certainly have contempt for the Second Amendment, they also know that the vast majority of Americans cherish the Constitution, including, if not especially, the Second Amendment. So progressive politicians continue to walk the fine line between appearing to support the Constitution, while at the same time desperately trying to curtail or eliminate American citizens' gun rights.
The only way to stop them is with an informed, vigilant and active citizenry.
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