The Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States: “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.”
- Keep: To have or retain possession of.
- Bear: To carry on one’s person.
- Infringe: Actively break the terms of a law or agreement.
Here is a list of the thirty-eight states where the individual’s right to keep and bear arms are consistent with or exceeds the U.S. Constitution’s guaranteed protection. Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. The twenty-six bolded states explicitly protect the right to bear arms even during times of peace when a standing militia is not necessary. (Note that only six states, California, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, and New York, have no constitutionally guaranteed right to keep and bear arms, theoretically deferring authority to the U.S. Constitution.)
The Death of The Right to Bear Arms
The Constitutional right to keep and bear arms is not completely dead because it is difficult to pull the teeth out of a bear’s mouth even when it is asleep. Every once in while you can ply one out, but it is tedious and requires a lot of persistence. That is why every year hundreds of local, state and federal legislators (all of whom swore to uphold the Constitution) write or sponsor all sorts of crazy, unconstitutional gun-control laws in hopes a few will pass here and there. Legislators such as Oregon’s wacky State Rep, Merwyn Greenlick, who proposed HB3200, a law that would send all owners of high capacity magazines to jail for 10 years and fine them $250,000. Greenlick’s bill failed, but a similar bill passed in New York State, and now owning a magazine that holds 11 or more bullets is a Class D Violent Felony, no different from 2nd degree rape. That is right, folks, New York State has declared that all Americans who invoke their Constitutional Right to Keep and Bear Arms are just as bad as rapists.
Using this shotgun approach, legislators across the country have forced an unconstitutional patchwork of bizarre restrictions to the 2nd Amendment on Americans with the penultimate being Washington D.C.’s ban on empty shell casings. No kidding, if you are from Virginia, and you drive your truck through D.C. on your way to Delaware, you better not have any 22LR brass floating around your rig or you could find yourself in jail. 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? Er… did I miss the news where the District of Columbia seceded from the Union? Then again, if we could turn D.C. into its own little nation, put a wall around it, lock all our politicians inside with all the PACs, lobbyists and Fortune 500 CEOs, and then turn off the electricity, it would solve a hell of a lot of problems… and be really funny at the same time.
The bottom line is that making it illegal for law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms does nothing to prevent crime or suicide. As a matter of fact, globally, the risk of violent death dramatically increases as the ordinary citizen loses their right to keep and bear arms. I am sick of progressive, anti-gun nuts going about preaching that firearms cause violence. As the saying goes, “God made man, but Samuel Colt made them equal,” and the global statistics prove it. Nothing makes the bad guys think twice more than knowing the good guys can shoot back.