Thursday, September 5, 2013

Right to hunt deer ?

Have you ever heard/read someone ask that or why people want strong weapons in their possession ? Why they resist the government from tracking ownership ? I mean, if you just want the right to hunt, what is the big deal ?

Do you really think they needed to constitutionalize the right to hunt game with their muskets ?

Then why ?

“The right of the citizens to keep and bear arms has justly been considered as the palladium of the liberties of a republic; since it offers a strong moral check against the usurpation and arbitrary power of rulers; and will generally, even if these are successful in the first instance, enable the people to resist and triumph over them” so said Justice Joseph Story in his commentaries on the Constitution in 1833; Commentaries that his contemporary Justice John Marshall (who participated in the Constitutional Convention in 1791) said “It is a comprehensive and an accurate commentary on our Constitution, formed in the spirit of the original text.”

The Founders knew the history in the Colonies and in England where the government would attempt to remove weapons in order to pacify the people. They were well acquainted with the philosopher John Locke and his views on natural law and the right to resist tyranny with force if the government acted against the interests of the citizens. They of course acted so themselves and wanted to preserve this essential and fundamental right for all time by putting it in the Constitution.

This is why we have the Second Amendment today—not simply for self-defense and personal use (like hunting) which are secondary purposes.

Let me be clear I am not advocating rebellion. I believe I am a free man today and am grateful for it. As the Founders knew however that may not always be the case so I reserve the right, my natural God given right, to resist tyranny.

May it never be needed.