Best 7-minute gun rights speech ever?

Gun SpeechThe United States added 10 amendments — a Bill of Rights — to the Constitution in 1791. The second is just 27 words long, and quite easily understood:

Amendment II

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 presenter in this video is conservative blogger Bill Whittle. His remarks make more sense than most speeches we’ve heard recently regarding gun rights:

What would you like to hear leaders say about the Second Amendment and your right to keep and bear arms?

If your senator doesn’t sound like this, you need a new senator

Vicki MarbleColorado Democrats have proposed one bill after another to restrict citizens’ rights to keep and bear arms. Watch Republican Senator Vicki Marble stand firm against the tyranny of gun grabbers, demanding that “the demonizing of law-abiding citizens has to stop.”

Hat tip to our friend Ed Clayton, @1ecgoinguy on Twitter.

‘Un-Constitutional laws aren’t laws’

Joshua BostonWatch as former U.S. Marine Joshua Boston, who served eight years in Afghanistan, calmly explains Second Amendment rights to smug CNN newsreader Randi Kaye, who apparently hasn’t read our Constitution or the Bill of Rights:

Radical leftist democrat Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) has introduced proposed legislation to ban 120 specific weapons, guns that have any military characteristic, and many semi-automatic rifles and handguns.

Boston originally posted his letter on CNN’s iReport on December 27, 2012 in response to Feinstein’s calculated attack on the Second Amendment:

Senator Dianne Feinstein,

I will not register my weapons should this bill be passed, as I do not believe it is the government’s right to know what I own. Nor do I think it prudent to tell you what I own so that it may be taken from me by a group of people who enjoy armed protection yet decry me having the same a crime. You ma’am have overstepped a line that is not your domain. I am a Marine Corps Veteran of 8 years, and I will not have some woman who proclaims the evil of an inanimate object, yet carries one, tell me I may not have one.

I am not your subject. I am the man who keeps you free. I am not your servant. I am the person whom you serve. I am not your peasant. I am the flesh and blood of America.
I am the man who fought for my country. I am the man who learned. I am an American. You will not tell me that I must register my semi-automatic AR-15 because of the actions of some evil man.

I will not be disarmed to suit the fear that has been established by the media and your misinformation campaign against the American public.

We, the people, deserve better than you.

Respectfully submitted,

Joshua Boston
Cpl, United States Marine Corps 2004-2012

Boston is correct: We are not subjects, we are free citizens. We are not servants of elected officials. We are not peasants. And we, the American people, deserve much better than the likes of Dianne Feinstein.

Required reading for Americans – The Bill of Rights

Bill of RightsThere is a great deal of discussion today about gun control, gun rights, gun ownership, ammunition and many other aspects of the Second Amendment. What seems to be lost in all the debate is the actual wording of the US Constitution, as amended:

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.

Our founders crafted this Second Amendment clearly, concisely, and quite intentionally. It is expressed in plain English; people without a law degree can understand its meaning. It ends with the simple phrase, “shall not be infringed.”

According to the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, this means that the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be contravened, breached, intruded upon, compromised, undermined, limited, weakened, dminished, disrupted, curbed, violated or destroyed. Despite all the protestations that they are for our own protection and good, “gun control” laws do all of those things.

The Constitution itself provides ways in which the American people may amend the document. If someday we decide to change or remove the Second Amendment entirely from our governing document, so be it. Until then, however, all discussion about restrictions on gun ownership by free citizens must be colored by an understanding that this is among our God-given rights, expressed and defended by our Constitution. The language specifically prohibits our government from eking away at our right to own guns.

Thomas Jefferson, third President of the United States and key leader in founding the Democrat party, famously said of these first ten changes to the Constitution:
A Bill of Rights is what the people are entitled to against every government, and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inference.
We the people, he argued, are entitled to protection from unreasonable and unnecessary government interference in our daily lives. Jefferson and his contemporaries wisely saw these provisions as protection from what they correctly believed could become an intrusive Federal government. The Second Amendment, they stated, must not be infringed upon by the government.
And in case you don’t recall what the other nine amendments are:

Congress of the United States
begun and held at the City of New-York, on Wednesday the fourth of March, one thousand seven hundred and eighty nine.

THE Conventions of a number of the States, having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government, will best ensure the beneficent ends of its institution.

RESOLVED by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, two thirds of both Houses concurring, that the following Articles be proposed to the Legislatures of the several States, as amendments to the Constitution of the United States, all, or any of which Articles, when ratified by three fourths of the said Legislatures, to be valid to all intents and purposes, as part of the said Constitution; viz.

ARTICLES in addition to, and Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, proposed by Congress, and ratified by the Legislatures of the several States, pursuant to the fifth Article of the original Constitution.

Note: The following text is a transcription of the first ten amendments to the Constitution in their original form. These amendments were ratified December 15, 1791, and form what is known as the “Bill of Rights.

Amendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Amendment II

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.

Amendment III

No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

Amendment IV

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Amendment V

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

Amendment VI

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.

Amendment VII

In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

Amendment VIII

Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

Amendment IX

The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

Amendment X

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

Dr. Os Guinness on ‘Sustainable Freedom’

Do you know what is meant by the phrase “sustainable freedom?” America’s founding fathers did. So did Abraham Lincoln.

This is a lengthy video clip, but well worth watching. Dr. Os Guiness speaks on September 13, 2012 on “A Free People’s Suicide.”

From Guiness’ web site:

In all of history’s great civilizations, there has come the moment when their citizens became their own worst enemies, thinking and living at odds with the values and principles upon which their nation was built. Political analyst and social critic Os Guinness provides both historical and current evidence that suggests America is perilously close to reaching this point today. But with this alert, Guinness also offers direction and encouragement for those seeking to achieve what the country’s founding fathers predicted would be most challenging: sustainable freedom.

 Excerpts from A Free People’s Suicide:

“The greatest enemy of freedom is freedom.”

“…times of dominance are the most dangerous in which to be complacent about freedom, for in the life cycle of great powers only one thing finally overcomes dominance: decline.”

“Leadership without character, business without ethics and science without human values – in short, freedom without virtue – will bring the republic to its knees.”

“The problem is not wolves at the door but termites in the floor.”

“…the United States will be indicted for its hubris and judged before the world by whether it has lived up to the standard of its own ideals.”