(Freedom.news) While Hillary Clinton’s taste for socialism and President Obama’s penchant for bypassing Congress to impose his will on the nation are certainly threats to the founding principles of our nation, there are no worse enemies of liberty than the voices crying out to repeal the Second Amendment to the Constitution.
We’ve heard utterings like these before, but in the wake of the Orlando terrorist attack, which killed more Americans since Sept. 11, 2001, the utterings have turned into hysterical shrieks.
One such voice is constitutional “scholar” David S. Cohen, who – in this Rolling Stone piece – uses his academic position as a professor of constitutional studies to claim that the founding fathers “got it wrong and got it wrong often” when it came to crafting the Constitution, by far the most freedom-enhancing governing document that Mankind has ever created. And boy, did the founders get it wrong when it came to granting Americans the “right to keep and bear arms.”
“In the face of yet another mass shooting, now is the time to acknowledge a profound but obvious truth – the Second Amendment is wrong for this country and needs to be jettisoned. We can do that through a Constitutional amendment. It’s been done before (when the Twenty-First Amendment repealed prohibition in the Eighteenth), and it must be done now,” he wrote.
“The Second Amendment needs to be repealed because it is outdated, a threat to liberty and a suicide pact. When the Second Amendment was adopted in 1791, there were no weapons remotely like the AR-15 assault rifle and many of the advances of modern weaponry were long from being invented or popularized,” he continued.
And while Cohen acknowledged that the founders realized that technology would change, why, how could they ever have imagined anything like an AR-15 (even though, in the 1860s – less than 80 years after the framers won our independence with “advanced” flintlocks of the day, we invented the world’s first machine gun and cartridge bullets – and by the way, these were produced by a private company that also sold them to private industries and individuals).
So – let’s see if we can get this straight: In a time of heightened danger, Cohen believes that disarming the population will make us safer? How in the world does an educated man come to such a preposterous – and eminently incorrect – conclusion?
Actually, that’s easy enough to answer: He is no lover of freedom. Oh, he may claim to be an authority on the subject – like our “constitutional law professor” president – but anyone who would advocate that human beings do not have an inalienable right to self-defense using the best means available and in the face of obvious threats, as our founders believed and understood that they do, is no friend of the Constitution.
The intent of the Second Amendment is plain – that Americans, alone in the world by the way, should always retain the (unfettered by government) right to firearms, for defense of self and country and, if need be, against an authoritative and oppressive government. That’s not our interpretation of the right but the founders; see here.
Odd, too, that people like Cohen have no problem using the First Amendment to bash the Second, but isn’t it always that way with Left-wing extremist hypocrites?
Our founding fathers imagined that a “free people” would own all manner of firearms, regardless of the technology and regardless of the weapon’s firepower. Unbeknownst to Stalin wannabes like Cohen, there are legitimate “assault weapons” in private hands: Tens of thousands of Americans own fully automatic weapons that are required to be registered with, and licensed by, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, though truth be told, our founders were explicit in their insistence that firearms ownership of any kind be unimpeded by government nannies. And yet, none of them were gunning people down in Orlando or anywhere else that fateful day.
Terrorism is not a “mass shooting” – it is terrorism. It may come at the barrel of a gun, but it can take other forms as well, as the Boston Marathon bombers and the 9/11 attackers demonstrated.
Repealing the Second Amendment is not just unnecessary and stupid, it violates a very basic tenet of who we are as Americans. And anyone who thinks otherwise is the real threat to our country.
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