2A Support – Not a Fringe Position

In spite of blatant attempts by “journalists” to make it appear otherwise, genuine support of the Second Amendment is neither an obscure nor an extreme belief.

A Sheriff from my state of Oregon put it nicely in this letter to Vice President Biden.

Linn County Sheriff Tim Mueller’s letter

There is no room for debate as to the meaning and accurate implementation of the Second Amendment.

Consider the Bill of Rights:

First Amendment

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.

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.

Third Amendment

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.

Fourth Amendment

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.

Fifth Amendment

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.

Sixth Amendment

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.

Seventh Amendment

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.

Eighth Amendment

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

Ninth Amendment

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

Tenth Amendment

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.

Note the references to individuals and the governed placed in bold.

One cannot reasonably maintain that the Second Amendment does anything but protect the possession of military “style” arms by the people. What should be debated is whether the Second Amendment is reasonable. Instead we get truly bizarre legislation like that which was passed in New York limiting capacity of magazines to seven rounds (Why seven? Why not three or eleven?). Rather than have the real debate on whether to have the Second Amendment, efforts are made to undermine it. Why isn’t Diane Feinstein proposing the repeal of the Second Amendment? The people wouldn’t stand for it.

If you, like I am, are concerned about the efforts in Congress and the Senate to undermine the Second Amendment and want it left alone the you MUST join the NRA.

That’s what I see. What do you think?

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