The Founders Believed Gun Ownership was a ‘God-Given’ Right


As expected NRA chief  Wayne LaPierre’s speech at CPAC was panned by liberal commentators.  But there was a tiny part of his speech that was trashed more than others—the part where he mentioned God.

And there is no greater personal individual freedom than the right to keep and bear arms, the right to protect yourself, and of the right to survive. It is not bestowed by man but granted by God to all Americans as our American birthright. So I call right now today on every citizen who loves this country, and who treasures this freedom, to stand and unflinchingly defended the second amendment, the one freedom that protects us all in this country

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Mr. Applebaum, a NY Times Washington correspondent needs to take a remedial lesson in American history because one of the unique things about this great republic of ours is that our founding documents believe our rights are not granted by the government but by God, or as Jefferson wrote in the Declaration of Independence:

“We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness”

The entire purpose of the U.S. Constitution is to protect the government from infringing on our unalienable rights. It doesn’t grant or create legal rights. That’s how our document is different than others. It recognizes and protects rights that already inherently exist and those rights cannot be altered, limited, or removed by man-made laws or governments.

The right to life, to protect one’s life, family, property, business, etc,  with guns and other weapons, is one of these unalienable rights protected by the in the Second Amendment:

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

The Second Amendment is one of ten in the Bill of Rights that lists rights that “shall not be infringed” by the government. The Supreme Court emphasized three primary facts (among others), specifically, when it ruled on The District of Columbia v Heller in 2008…

 

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