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Perspective: Understanding the 2nd Amendment

Perspective: Understanding the Second Amendment

By BRIAN FANSHER/Special to Western Outdoor NewsPublished: Apr 05, 2018

In response to the avid fisher Mr. Andrew Okun: In order to understand any topic thoroughly you may first understand where the opposing viewpoints are coming from and why your opposition believes what it believes. Those unversed in history are doomed to repeat it. History has proven again, and again, and again, that this is a fact.

The Second Amendment needn’t be interpreted. And it only needs to be read the way it is written — and intended — by the people who wrote it. In order to understand intent, you must understand who wrote it and why. Mr. Okun’s claim that “they just read one sentence differently than you do,” isn’t just a false claim — it is a lie. I’m not sure which sentence he is referring to, because there is only one sentence in the Second Amendment.

Any attorney worth his or her salt will tell you that a statute such as the Second Amendment may have different parts to it, even when there is only one sentence. However, they must also tell you that when that sentence is broken up into three parts — using two commas, such as in this case (the third comma is inconsequential), the first part(s) of the sentence is considered preamble to the main point — that being the last part of this or any legal sentence. In fact, that last part of the sentence in the Second Amendment is the primary and only real important part of that sentence.

In its entirety, the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America reads thus: “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.

And let us not forget that keeping and bearing arms, and all that entails, is our right — not a privilege. The framers of our constitution were explicit, not just in this sentence, but in all of their writings on this subject. They believed that our government should never be more powerful than the people themselves (see the Declaration of Independence). I know what that means to me, and it has absolutely nothing to do with muskets or duck hunting.

I’ve heard enough from liberals who believe they know the various intents of the Constitution better than the people who wrote it. There’s no excuse for reinterpretation of the Constitution. If you don’t like the content, don’t claim to “believe just as fervently as you do in the Constitution,” and in the same breath state that you simply read something a different way. Read it the way it was written and intended. Don’t be a part of some idiotic revisionist movement, and claim you’re a constitutionalist.

No one wants to say it or even think it, but the truth is no matter how many shootings there are, anyone with the will can and will acquire the firearms of their choice, and wreak as much havoc as their perverted heart desires. And it doesn’t matter how many shootings there are — nothing — absolutely nothing is worse than a tyrannical government lording over a disarmed populace. That’s all the founders were saying and that’s all pro Second Amendment people are saying. Don’t read anything more into that, because that really is it.

People must do a better job of educating themselves. I cannot do it for them. But until they do, they should consider keeping their mouths shut and not try to pass themselves off as experts on subjects they know nothing about. Until one understands that the bad guys will always, always, always be armed, and grasp what that reality means, those people should refrain from voting due to their ignorance; at least until they get a better grasp on the words, the framers themselves, and the actual intent of the Constitution.

In closing, conservatives don’t just want to be right. It’s truly not about that at all. They want to avert self-destruction. Liberals fervently pursue this kind of thinking on so many subjects — and to their own peril — to everyone in the country’s peril. Please stop placing us all in peril. If you do not yet know the meanings and intentions of the Constitution, please refrain from voting until you do.

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