“Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom in Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretence, raised in the United States. A military force, at the command of Congress, can execute no laws, but such as the people perceive to be just and constitutional; for they will possess the power, and jealousy will instantly inspire the inclination, to resist the execution of a law which appears to them unjust and oppressive”. –Noah Webster
The second amendment to the U.S. Constitution is the right to keep and bear arms. Like the rest of the amendments in the Bill of Rights, the second amendment is a basic human right. It is the right to self-preservation. All of God’s creatures and all men have this right. The right to self-preservation is not a right granted to us by Government, but rather, something given to us by our Creator. As such, my right to self-preservation is not subject to the vote of any man, regardless of his title or position in government. I have the right to keep and bear arms, even if 535 Congressmen vote that I do not. I have the right to keep and bear arms, even if 9 unelected people in black robes claim that I do not. This right cannot be infringed even if 118 state representatives say so. In fact, as Noah Webster so clearly states above, the right to keep and bear arms is a tool that the founders relied upon to keep the government within its constitutional confines. Is it any wonder that those in the government, who want to operate in a manner repugnant to the Constitution, are so hell-bent on restricting the right to keep and bear arms?
Make no mistake. The second amendment was not placed into our Constitution to protect duck hunting or Olympic target shooting events. The second amendment was put into our Constitution so that the people will always have the means to overthrow a tyrannical government.
Elect me to General Assembly, and your right to keep and bear arms will no longer be subject to the majority vote of others.