Shall Not Be Infringed

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“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 Second Amendment to the United States Constitution, ratified Dec. 15, 1791

It must be great to live in a world where no crimes are committed. I mean, after all, nobody gets murdered anymore because – hey – murder is illegal.

Nobody ever gets killed by drunk drivers on our roads because – hey – drunk driving is illegal.

Nobody’s home is ever invaded, nor is anyone ever robbed because – hey – breaking and entering and stealing are all illegal. There are many other examples I could use of tragedies, wrongs that plague society, all of which suddenly stop occurring because they have been outlawed by a piece of paper.

Wait, those things still occur? But committing those crimes is illegal, and legislative bodies have said as much, why do they keep happening?

Because criminals do not care about laws and it is a folly of mankind to believe that further restricting the freedom of law-abiding citizens will result in the eradication of wrongdoing.

Once again, the Second Amendment is under attack by the Des Moines City Council. I don’t live in Des Moines, so whatever liberal nonsense they impose upon their residents won’t directly affect me. But I feel the need to speak out against the continued erosion of American Constitutional rights, wherever they may occur.

For, as I’ve stated many times in the past, if we don’t stand up for the rights with which might not necessarily agree or exercise, the ones we cherish become that much more vulnerable to tyranny. I don’t own a gun, I don’t carry a gun, but I am rather fond of the fact that I would be free to do so if I choose. America is founded upon individual freedom and as an Iowan, our motto is “Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain.”

Guess nobody mentioned that to the Des Moines City Council.

I tried to find the proposed ordinance, but one has not yet been drafted. What is proposed is banning bump stocks and banning high capacity magazines. Who determines what is “high capacity”? What qualifies that person to make such a determination? Did the people of Des Moines surrender the dominion of their gun rights to that person? If so, when and how?

Those are just a few of the questions I have. Frankly, the continued support of the narrative that laws will prevent tragedies just saddens me. Criminals do not care what the law ways, that is what makes them criminals. All you’re doing is further restricting the rights of law-abiding individuals and actually making them more vulnerable to tragedies. If your goal is to protect the people from mass shootings, allow more good men and women to carry guns into public places.

It doesn’t sound that ridiculous when you think about it. When danger arrives, the law enforcement officers we call carry guns. When defending our nation, military personnel carry guns. Why do we limit those allowed to legally carry firearms in public to government officials?

This is exactly what the Constitution and the Bill of Rights were intended to do – ensure that the free citizens of this country had access to weapons to protect themselves from tyranny. A well-regulated militia is a team of citizens ready to defend themselves and each other from all threats, foreign and domestic. The amount of firearms in this country is astonishing, and as such, the number of tragedies related to firearms pales in comparison. It would be wonderful if we could prevent all gun-related tragedies, but that’s just not going to happen – no matter how many laws are written to try to stop it.

Take care of yourself and thank you for reading.

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