Speak Out: The right to bear arms
by our readers
Sep 26, 2013 | 2257 views |  0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Anyone proposing to repeal the Second Amendment misses the simple fact that without it, the right to keep and bear arms for self-defense is still protected by the Ninth Amendment. Pennsylvania (1776) and Vermont (1777) stated in their state constitutions “that all men are born equally free and independent, and have certain natural, inherent and inalienable/unalienable rights, among which are the enjoying and defending of life and liberty” and “that the people have a right to bear arms for the defense of themselves and the state.”

Pennsylvania ratified the Bill of Rights in 1790; with knowledge of the Second Amendment and Ninth Amendment, it modified its Constitution that same year to say, “The right of the citizens to bear arms in defense of themselves and the State shall not be questioned.”

As a right it is impossible for Pennsylvania and Vermont residents to have given away their right of self-defense. The Supreme Court has said that government is not obligated to protect citizens unless they are in custody. Self-defense, therefore, is a personal responsibility, and handguns are the tool of choice for more than 885,000 federal, state and local sworn law enforcement officers who bear arms as a government privilege, not a right.

Not surprisingly, handguns are also the choice for self-defense by nearly 50 million law-abiding citizens and the 100 million or so dependents they protect by exercising their right to keep and bear arms.

Joe Boyett
Comments must be made through Facebook
No personal attacks
No name-calling
No offensive language
Comments must stay on topic
No infringement of copyrighted material

Friends to Follow

Most Recommended
Today's Events

event calendar

post a new event

Monday, April 21, 2014