Grassroots Commentary

Second Amendment

By Daniel Munoz · Feb. 22, 2013

I recently had a revelation, or, perhaps more correctly, a duh moment. It involves a matter that is in the news headlines every day. It concerns gun control and the second amendment to the Constitution. Maybe it has been addressed before but it was, nonetheless, a revelation to me. I must admit I have been rather ambivalent about the argument that the second amendment gives us the right to keep and bear arms. After all, the first part of the second amendment talks about a “well regulated militia”. Well, we have a well regulated armed force now, composed of Army (of which I am a veteran), Navy, Marines, Air force, Coast Guard, National Guard, so we don't need to keep our muzzle-loaders and flintlocks by the door, ready for us to rush off to defend our country in time of emergency. Section eight of the Constitution gives the power to the Congress of the United States of “calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions”. I don't think anyone anticipates any such action taking place in the near future.

But on to my revelation, the second part of this two-part amendment. After reading the second Amendment over and over it suddenly occurred to me that this amendment does not confer any rights on anyone. The right of the people to keep and bear arms is a given, it is a right we already have, bestowed upon us not by any amendment to the Constitution but by our Creator, as is stated in The Declaration of Independence, “certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” The Second Amendment states very clearly that “the right” of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. It is a right that we already had at the writing of the Constitution, that we have always had, and that we will always have. We must do what we can to make sure that right is never taken away.

11 Comments

READY4ACHANGE in ILLINOIS said:

AMEN Mr. Munoz!

Friday, February 22, 2013 at 12:48 PM

KirkAdams in Maryland, USA said:

You've hit on something that has bothered me for a long time. Some of the amendments read:

Congress shall make no law...
... shall not be infringed...
right...shall not be violated

In other words, the Bill of Rights, in some cases, is not giving you rights, just stating that the government cannot take them away.

Friday, February 22, 2013 at 1:09 PM

Ted R. Weiland in Nebraska said:

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 http://www.constitutionmythbusters.org/rights-rights-everyone-wants-their-rights/.

Also, "You Can't Wing Bringing a Knife [the Second Amendment] to a Gunfight" at http://www.constitutionmythbusters.org/you-cant-win-bringing-a-knife-to-a-gunfight/.

Friday, February 22, 2013 at 8:33 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.

Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 3:38 PM

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.

Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 3:39 PM

Ted R. Weiland in Nebraska replied:

Oh, there's a fellow who always posting that responsibilities are as optional as are rights. He may think that but I think God will have the last word.

Unlike those who refuse to see or whom God has blinded so they cannot see, anyone who takes Yahweh and their responsibilities to Him seriously can also see the difference.

Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 4:05 PM

David in Mountain View Missouri replied:

So you don't believe in free will? We are all just puppets? Where is the scripture to support your position?

Monday, February 25, 2013 at 12:25 AM

Jim in CA said:

It was while reading the Federalist papers that I finally found a definition of what a militia is. All men willing and able. Civil, not professional soldiers, an armed force that is part of the state cannot be counted on to secure a free state, when it is the state that is becoming less free. The various militias were disbanded following the "Civil War". In most states, like California, an organized militia is illegal, leaving the part about "necessary for the security of a free state" to the individual. Let us hope, that if necessary, those of us "willing and able" can act in concert, without the benefit of the organization.

Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 2:48 PM

rab in jo,mo said:

What, sir, is the milita? From 10 USC Chapter 13:

(a) The militia of the United States consists of all able-bodied
males at least 17 years of age and, except as provided in section
313 of title 32, under 45 years of age who are, or who have made a
declaration of intention to become, citizens of the United States
and of female citizens of the United States who are members of the
National Guard.
(b) The classes of the militia are -
(1) the organized militia, which consists of the National Guard
and the Naval Militia; and
(2) the unorganized militia, which consists of the members of
the militia who are not members of the National Guard or the
Naval Militia.

So, the Second Amendment makes no distinction between the "organized" and "unorganized" militia as codified by US law. As well, the rights of self- and common- defense were considered at the time (late 18th century) to be common knowledge. This is why the language of the 2nd Amendment was not included in the main body of the proposed Constitution. It was added as a safeguard against a time where such an understanding might not be so "common".

Monday, February 25, 2013 at 9:17 AM

Rob in Teas Republic said:

Why?
EQUITY
WHY?
Think about it.

Monday, February 25, 2013 at 5:24 PM

Robert hawes in Poer o Connor, tx. said:

I am a commercial shrimper that gets boarded by the coast guard at least twice a year,I want to know if I have to turn over my weapons to the boarding team just because they want me to. I'm doing nothing wrong. Just safety inspection according to them.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 10:37 PM