Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Keeping It Simple - The 2nd Amendment

By Terry McGahey

Since my story, The Last Gunfight--The Death of Ordinance Number Nine, some folks have requested I write an article of my own, and Tom Correa has graciously accepted the offer.

Since my experience with Tombstone and the 2nd Amendment is what led to this, I will start my Keeping It Simple column with my view of the 2nd Amendment.

First off, the 2nd Amendment was ratified on December 17, 1791.

Now let me ask you a simple straight out question about this date. Do you believe there was any such thing as the National Guard at that time? The answer is a resounding no!

The first lines read, "A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state"..

Okay let's look at this. Again, was there any such thing as the National Guard at that time? The Militia was the people, the shop keeper, the blacksmith, the farmer and so on. Therefore the National Guard is not the Militia as word twisting attorney's would try to have we the people believe, the people are the militia period!

Now the second half, "The right of the people to keep and bare arms shall not be infringed."

As I stated above, the people are the militia holds true in these lines as well because the National Guard did not exist at that time and in order to form a well regulated militia the people had to be armed to do so.

Now, to keep and bear arms. The 2nd Amendment grants the right of the people to not only keep, but to also bear arms. To bear anything is to be able to have that item on your person.

Our old real money, the silver certificates, stated on it "pay to the bearer on demand". In order to be paid on demand, one had to be carrying the bills upon his or her person which proves my point.

Last but not least. The right of the people shall not be infringed. To infringe upon something is to interfere with whatever the subject may be.

Once again, this is very simple, the government does not have the right to infringe upon our Second Amendment as they are doing in this day and age, because if they were not infringing upon this right we would have no need for concealed weapons permits and it would be completely legal in all states to carry a weapon upon our person.

Simply put, in this person's opinion, it is the federal government's job to ensure that the states adhere to this Amendment. But with our government being filled with crooks, liars and special interests, they will not do the job which they were elected to do.

Not all are crooked, but for the most part they are or they would be doing their job by adhering to the oath they swore to uphold.

Lastly, the 2nd Amendment was not put there to protect hunting or the shooting sports, it was put there so the people could defend themselves from a tyrannical government.

Do you think with this administration we are there?

This is just my opinion and my common sense approach to keeping it simple.