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It's Not About Guns, It's About Individual Rights

By Trey Mays · Feb. 21, 2013

Gun debates have always reared their ugly heads after a shooting by a crazy person, which always causes emotions to run high, and politicians to act before thinking. Everything dies down, and then another mindless and evil shooting by a crazy person happens again and a new gun debate rages on. Either the Left succeeds in banning, controlling, or limiting guns or ammo, all in the name of stopping gun violence or Conservatives succeeds in protecting our 2nd Amendment rights and addressing the real problem of mental-health in this country. We're fooling ourselves if we actually believe gun debates are about guns and gun violence. They are not. They should be called an individual rights debate because that's what we're really debating.

The Left will argue gun debates are about putting an end to gun violence because who wouldn't be for ending gun violence. No one in their right mind would actually want gun violence. If they did want it, then they would be as crazy as the shooters, and they would probably be one of the shooters. The Left's real mission is to take away, or the appearance of taking away, our God-given individual rights that are enshrined in our Constitution's first ten Amendments known as the Bill of Rights. The Left knows that when responsible citizens know their natural rights, it's virtually impossible to control individuals. It's all about control, and controlling the individual. By talking about ending gun violence, the Left makes people believe what they are doing has nothing to do with their individual rights. The Left shows us what their right hand is doing, when the real policy of taking away our rights is on the left hand hidden from view.

Conservatives put the focus on the right problems. They focus on ending gun violence by protecting the responsible citizens' God-given individual rights, and improving mental-health laws so that there are fewer crazies that will get a gun and shoot up a school or any public place; killing innocent human beings. I know the Left loves laughing at this argument, but the fact is guns don't kill people, people kill people. Treat the cause (the crazy person), not the tool (the gun). Conservatives realize that most of the gun violence that occurs happens in gun free zones, cities, or states. Where individual rights are protected, gun violence rarely occurs because when people know their individual rights are being protected they tend to act responsibly.

The Federalists agreed to codify our individual rights into the Constitution through the Bill of Rights because the Founding Fathers understood that those rights come from God, not government. If they didn't do anything to protect those rights, then government would have fewer checks on its power. Government would gravitate towards controlling individuals, and keeping them from the natural rights that God has given to them. Government can't take those rights away from you, but it can stand in the way and keep you from experiencing your full potential when you have all of your natural rights protected.

Left-leaning journalists love asking the question: Why do you even need an AR-15? The best answer that I've never heard anyone, even the most Conservative, give is that it's not about needing it. It is about protecting our natural rights, as responsible citizens, to keep and bear arms with whatever guns and ammo we want to own. In all honesty, I believe the 2nd Amendment includes the right to keep and bear any type of arms. Given the reason for the 2nd Amendment protections was for responsible citizens to protect themselves against a potentially tyrannical government. The Left wants to take responsible citizens' guns away, or keep them from buying guns and ammo so that they do not have the tools that they need to defend their individual rights from a potentially tyrannical government.

It is our natural right to keep and bear arms, not from crazies, thieves, or intruders, but from the government. During the Revolution, the American revolutionaries and the British army for the most part fought with the same basic type of weapons. Therefore, how again does an AR-15, which is not automatic, compare to the drone, tanks, automatic weapons, and rocket launchers that the US government owns? It doesn't even compare. Even if responsible citizens succeed in being able to continue to buy and own AR-15's, if the US government ever became tyrannical where we had to revolt against it, responsible citizens would still be at a disadvantage in weaponry. I am by no means advocating that we revolt against the US government. I don't believe our government has become tyrannical, it's just too big.

As I've said, the debate is not really about guns or gun violence. It's about our God-given natural, individual rights. We are either going to continue allowing the Left to define this debate so that they can gradually, under the radar erode away our God-given individual rights, or we are going to finally stand up and protect our natural rights from an overreaching big government. A well-educated and informed citizenry in knowing our God-given individual rights is all that it takes for responsible citizens to take a stand and keep the government from controlling us.

Trey Mays is an independent Conservative political commentator. Follow him on Twitter @TreyMays and Like him on Facebook @TreyMaysUSA.


wjm in Colorado said:

The marxists must disarm to rule. Chairman Obamao and his treasonous ilk will destroy America if they are allowed to continue to chip away at freedom. We are quickly approaching police state status, as EVERYTHING you do is controlled by some government intrusion. Does anyone really look at the labeling mandated on a can of food? If you need the government to tell you what calorie content on a can of beans is, you are part of the problem. If you need the government to tell you what kind of light or electrical outlet you must have, you are part of the probem. If you need the government to tell you what weapon is appropriate, you are part of the problem. A government that defines your needs, is tryanical, and in violation of the Constitution. Time to wake up America, it is nearly too late to recover. If you vote for a Democrat, you vote to destroy the Country.

Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 1:25 PM

Fred in Oregon said:

Well guys, THE TIME is near when all hell will break loose. I am ready. Never thought it would come to this, but sure looks like it will. I'm going to a "vigil" of anti-gunners today. Should be interesting to watch. Who knows what may transpire. The weather is promising to be terrible, so I will probably be alone, except for my Heeler. He just hates for anyone to come up to my rig if I'm not in it. Fun to watch him.

Friday, February 22, 2013 at 6:35 AM

rab in jo,mo said:

We have a pro-2nd Amendment "Resistance Rally" here in town tomorrow. It'll be interesting to see how the turnout is. Ironically, it will be held at a city park - a "gun-free" zone.

Friday, February 22, 2013 at 7:44 AM


Report back how it went rab!

Friday, February 22, 2013 at 12:43 PM

Lyna in AL said:

"The President can't and doesn't have the power to diminish any of the Amendments in the Bill of Rights. Suddenly the argument being made from the left is that it is a Bill of Needs, not a Bill of Rights - as if we don't need something, then it doesn't matter if we have it or not. This goes against everything the Founders intended." Mark R. Levin, from

Friday, February 22, 2013 at 2:22 PM

Ted R. Weiland in Nebraska said:

"It's about our God-given natural, individual rights."

There are two problems with this: God cannot be found in the Constitution and rights cannot be found in the Bible. See "Rights, Rights, Everyone Wants Their Rights" at

Also, "You Can't Wing Bringing a Knife [the Second Amendment] to a Gunfight" at

Friday, February 22, 2013 at 8:36 PM

David in Mountain View Missouri replied:

The argument that rights are optional is true, but so are the duties and responsibilities that God gave you that grants those rights. Both are optional because it is a matter of free will. Will you choose to obey God by carrying out your duties and responsibilities and exercising your rights or choose to disobey God by not doing so.

"Shall not be infringed" is an extremely clear phrase with absolutely no wiggle room, as clear as any Bible passage. Yet it is infringed upon and even ignored, how? Why? Simple, it is because bad leaders choose to ignore law just as they will ignore and twist the Bible in a tyrannical theocracy that will fall as it has every other time in history. It is bad leaders that is the problem and the apathy of people who put them there, not our Constitution and form of government as the Christian Founding Fathers intended it to be. Theses same people will destroy the theocracy you propose even faster, while the Christian Founding Father’s government has stood their assaults for over 200 years, God, giving us time to fix it if we as men will govern ourselves, instead of expecting or leaving government to do it for us as a theocracy would have it.

“Rights” as in such as those recognized and guaranteed in the Bill of Rights are real and Biblical in our horizontal relationship with men. These are God given, inalienable rights granted by the duties and responsibilities God has given us in Scripture. Some examples are Gen. 1:26 were we are given dominion over the earth and all that is in it and “But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” (1st Tim. 5:8). Providing means such things as security, food, shelter, etc, so from these passages we see our right to self defense and to bear arms, property rights and security of property etc. Everyone of our true rights can be found in Scripture like this.

Monday, February 25, 2013 at 12:08 AM

David in Mountain View Missouri replied:

Before God, in our vertical relationship what we call “rights” are necessary parts of duties and responsibilities He has given us. Yet before Him, we do have rights, but a different type of rights. As sons of the living God and “co-heirs with Christ” (Rom. 8:17) we have the right to pension Him in prayer (John 14:14). We have all the covenants, birthrights, and promises we can claim as ours with the rights and privileges they include. We also have the right to lose and bind as found in:
"Truly I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven.

“Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven.” Matt. 18:18-19

Yes, God reserves His right as Sovereign over all, but He still grants us these rights as Christians and as applicable, as immortal beings “created in His image”. So it is incorrect to say we do not have rights. We truly do, have rights as I have shown above and as our Founding Fathers intended. I do not indorse the current state of our nation, but the foundation of this country was true.

Monday, February 25, 2013 at 12:09 AM

Rob in Teas Republic said:

How can a structure repugnant to Yahweh the living God be supported as any valid foundation with any authority? VOID ab initio.

Monday, February 25, 2013 at 4:11 PM

David in Mountain View Missouri replied:

To what are you referring to?

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 1:26 AM

marybeth Mcleod in boston,mass said:

we have the right to own a gun but what is to much . myself growing up there was a gun in my fathers desk draw . there was never a need to use it , or play with gun.
I've gone deer hunting, belonged to gun clubs
in my eyes i have a problem the state of NH
I have a friend in the STATE of Nh. if u go into the bathroom there's a crock pot loaded with bullits , then 75 to 80 armed wepins all un locked lying all over the house she has a teenager that's brings friends over
but in the state of NH . she can do this
what's to say one of teens friends takes a weapon she has so many all over the house. who's going to miss one of them.
the police can't carry like her this to me is twisted

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 3:11 PM