As I watch the March for Our Lives Children’s Crusade I’m struck by how struck the media is with the size of the crowds demanding that the government degrade and destroy their right to keep and bear arms. As expected it’s both frustrating and depressing. I assume some of you feel the same way. So keep this in mind . . .
Your right to keep and bear arms is an individual, natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right.
As a Constitutionally protected right, the right to keep and bear arms is not subject to the democratic process. Which invalidates any and all arguments that your individual right to keep and bear arms can be regulated for the common good.
No matter how many Americans want to infringe (i.e. regulate) your gun rights, no mater how compelling their rationale for “the common good,” that right can not be voted away. Not without repealing the Second Amendment.
Yeah I know: tell that to gun owners in New Jersey. New York. Maryland. Hawaii. Connecticut. And especially California. Not to mention other state and all of us throughout this great nation (via federal regulation).
But just because your rights have been voted away by politicians and curtailed by mendacious bureaucrats doesn’t mean it’s legal to do so. Gun control is unconstitutional. Period.
Call me an absolutist but I take comfort in the fact — fact — that my right to possess whatever firearms I want rests on firm legal bedrock. Even if “The People,” their elected representatives and the Supreme Court believe otherwise.
Will we live to see full gun rights restoration?
There’s only way I can see that happening: if Americans suddenly see — firsthand, as the Founding Fathers did — the necessity of a uninfringed right to keep and bear arms. If they suddenly need that right.
That kind of sea change would require a disaster of epic proportions. Economic collapse? Nuclear war? Something like that. BUT —
Just as the antis play the long game, incrementally chipping away at our gun rights, gun rights advocates can chip away at gun control. The number of Americans bearing arms has soared in the last decade, thanks to the gradual liberalization of carry laws.
So there is hope for change, even as the anti-gun gestalt grows, or seems to be growing. Remembering there are tens of millions of unseen American gun owners who continue to use the ballot box to make their voices heard.
What happens next? Watch this space. But take heart. Might doesn’t right, but heavily armed right-thinking Americans are out there, somewhere.