"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with inherent and inalienable rights; that among these, are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; that to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness." --Declaration of Independence as originally written by Thomas Jefferson, 1776.
Please note the words "inalienable rights". This means they can NOT be taken from you. At all or ever. There is not any set of circumstances, either man made or from nature that can remove these rights from your possession. Not even by your own choosing can you relinquish these rights.
Please note the words "among these". Meaning there are more rights that are both inherent and inalienable beyond the mention of life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness.
The Constitution was created to preform two functions:
- Establish a federal government for the United States of America
- Delegate to the federal government certain, yet limited powers. Any powers not specifically delegated to the federal government are retained solely by The People.
The Constitution does not GIVE you any rights. You gained those rights by simply existing. They are "natural" or "God-given" depending on which side of that coin you are on. The Constitution does PROTECT these rights by limiting the power of the government and specifying individual rights in the Bill of Rights.
The Bill of Rights is the name for the first 10 amendments to the Constitution. There are 33 amendments all together but only 27 have been ratified by enough states to be recognized. These amendments contain the "inalienable rights" that "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" are among. The Second Amendment is thus inalienable and can NOT ever be taken away or surrendered. As a matter of fact, the Bill of Rights also says that even if a particular right is not specified by the Bill of Rights it is STILL
retained solely by The People and is also inalienable under the same principal.
The one thing that these documents (read our Government) does not
guarantee to protect against is The People. You can not ban arms from The People because of The People. This is simply not possible under our current form of government. The arms is what protects The People from the government therefore the government can never remove them. The only way this could ever be changed is by abolishing our current government and establishing a new one. If The People can not agree on a single amendment to the Constitution there is no way a new government that is functional could even be formed once the current was abolished. It would result in another civil (world?) war and likely split us into multiple entities. Good luck dear France! We have seen how it worked out for the USSR.
Interestingly, if we did suffer such a degradation of civility and succumbed to a great division on this one subject alone, what is it exactly that those who oppose arms for The People would take up against those of The People in support if such things? Nothing like bringing a knife to a gun fight...
An important step to enslaving a people is to disarm them.
"The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to permit the conquered Eastern peoples to have arms. History teaches that all conquerors who have allowed their subject races to carry arms have prepared their own downfall by doing so. Indeed I would go so far as to say that the underdog is a sine qua non for the overthrow of any sovereignty. So let's not have any native militia or police. German troops alone will bear the sole responsibility for the maintenance of law and order."
-Adolf Hitler. : April 11, 1942, "Hitler's Table-Talk at the Fuehrer's Headquarters 1941-1942", Dr. Henry Picker, ed. (Athenaeum Verlag, Bonn, 1951).
If you believe the solution to violence is the limitation of firearms, you have no idea the suffrage that can be bestowed upon you by a government unafraid of resistance. The Holocaust has taken place long enough ago that not many living persons have any true understanding of what real "tyranny" is. Without awareness my countrymen, the mistakes of history will be repeated time and again.
I would like to think if half of the people and money that work so diligently to control firearms put half of their efforts into our educational and mental health systems it would solve more than half of the problem. The other half of the solution would be the same effort given by half the people and money working so diligently to protect the Second Amendment into developing safety and training resources. These suggestions are only truly viable if implemented from a relatively early age of development and continued to adulthood. Unfortunately, no matter how you add it up two halves of either half will never make us whole.
The one thing I do know for absolute sure... The only thing that effectively stops a person with a mission and a gun... is... a person with fortitude and a gun.