The 2nd Amendment: A Right or a right?

In 2nd Amendment, Black Coffee Perspectives, Constitution, Education, Staff by Patrick James0 Comments

Another morning here in Texas, another cup of black coffee for me and some homegrown perspective for your consideration. The 2nd Amendment; Is it a big (R) Right or a little (r) right? Let’s see…

From time to time, people present questions and comments on my posts that are simply from the wrong perspective. They are misunderstandings bolstered by other confused individuals’ opinions, or they are born out of pure fear. It’s human nature at work.

Just like the meme contends… all three rifles are essentially the SAME rifle, even though they all look different. The perspectives of others… the opinions of others… the perceptions of others… Do not make them different. THEY ARE THE SAME. 

Rights are rights as well. They may look different, they may sound different and they may even be defined differently, but they are still rights! Freedom of Speech is a right. Freedom of Association is a right. Free Will is a right. They may mean other things to other people, but they are RIGHTS of a free people.

The RIGHT to keep and bear arms, is also right. It is the right of a free person to defend themselves from the infringements of another. The manner with which they choose to do that… and with what they use to do it, is irrelevant.

It actually doesn’t matter that a judge may have interpreted that right to fit an agenda. It doesn’t matter what unjust laws or regulations are put upon it, the “right” still exists at its base intent. It was and is a natural born, Creator bestowed right to enhance self-defense and protection of all our Creator bestowed rights. That is how we maintain liberty… that is how we prevent tyranny from all who seek to usurp it.

Our founders and framers understood the need to protect those rights within the framework of our governing documents via the Bill of Rights. Ten Amendments to the constitution, that define who the “we”, are. Those documents protect certain unalienable rights from any form of government infringement. None are any less important than the other… but the 2nd Amendment defines how We the People can protect all of them from the overbearing and restrictive reach of tyrants. Listen, I’m not pulling these ideals out of thin air, our Founders lived and breathed it:

“Whenever governments mean to invade the rights and liberties of the people, they always attempt to destroy the militia, in order to raise an army upon their ruins.” ~ Rep. Elbridge Gerry of Massachusetts Debate, U.S. House of Representatives, August 17, 1789; spoken during floor debate over the Second Amendment, I Annals of Congress at 750

I’m not presenting you with opinions regarding the 2nd Amendment. I am presenting you with the original ideas of our founders regarding the reasons the 2nd was created and enumerated with the Bill of Rights (not wants, needs or desires). I am giving you reasons as to why we shouldn’t be forced into giving in to any further restrictions regarding the right to keep and bear arms. 

The more we allow, the more they will take. It is “death by a thousand cuts”. They won’t stop with the 2nd Amendment. They (there is much debate upon who “they” are and that is for another time and place) won’t stop until they have destroyed the very documents that protected our Creator bestowed rights. ALL OF THEM. Without Liberty, freedom doesn’t exist. 

“Guard with jealous attention the public liberty.  Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel.  Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force.  When you give up that force, you are ruined.” ~ Patrick Henry (1736-1799), Virginia’s U.S. Constitution Ratification Convention

We have to be honest with ourselves, and ask the hard questions. Do we want to live on our knees, doing the bidding of those in control, or do we want to remain free to choose and do, as we see fit?

All it takes to remain free, is to assume the responsibility and self-reliance of maintaining those liberties. Yes that takes work and it takes grit. It takes determination and resolve. It takes involvement and it takes unity. These are just a few of the things our Founders built this Nation upon, and the type of people they built it for.

Don’t let them (does it really matter who the enemy is?) continue to sub-divide us into groups of supporters, that define things differently. Don’t accept anything, but how it is was then and how it is supposed to be now.  The words haven’t changed, the people have changed.

We are Americans… We are free to choose and associate as we define it, not how we are told it should be defined. We are free to protect as we see fit. We are free to worship whomever and however we choose, as long as it doesn’t infringe upon another. We are innocent until proven guilty, and we shouldn’t be punished for the actions of criminals.

Our Founders intended to prevent future generations from experiencing the tyranny they were forced to live. From tyranny forced upon them by their government or their church. Don’t let anyone trick you into believing anything else. It is a lie, intended to deceive and take away your sovereign rights.

Remember, I’m just an imperfect guy, living in an imperfect world, following the teachings of a perfect Christ. I pray that with His guidance and my self-reflections upon my past mistakes, I will choose more wisely in the future. It works for me… it is my choice. I encourage others to find their guidance… maybe Christ is the answer, maybe He’s not for you. I encourage people to look at things from a different perspective and choose for yourself. Just be cautious in your choices… because one wrong choice, can make the difference. I will leave you with another “tidbit” of wisdom from our Founders legacy…

“The great, vital, and conservative element in our system is the belief of our people in the pure doctrines and the divine truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.” ~ Congress, 1854 

Have a great day… and let’s all just think about it from different perspectives. The truth lies somewhere in the middle.

#blackcoffeeperspectives #patrioticselfreflections #homegrownhowto #makeaplan #choosewisely

Patrick James

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