Guest Author Carl Higbie
When the Second Amendment was ratified in 1791 the founding fathers made it simple. “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.” Note the sometimes-inconspicuous commas between each subject denoting that; militia, free state, and the right of the people are each individually protected, and the supreme court in Heller vs. DC agreed.
The anti-gun movement argues; “There were no AR-15’s when the second amendment was written.” That is obviously true, but irrelevant. When the bill of rights was ratified, there was no internet but that is protected by the first amendment, also the average citizen possessed the same weaponry as the standing military, including artillery. At the same time, young children also carried those guns to school, resulting in zero school shootings, so to me, that dog don’t hunt. The next talking point regurgitated by David Hogg and other liberal pawns is that the AR-15 is a weapon of war, and therefore, should not be available to the general population. Yes, it is, but that is why it is protected. Nearly every firearm at one point has been “military grade” and used for war. I realize this is politically unpopular to say in our current climate of appeasement, but the point of the Second amendment is in fact to allow we the people the armament and capability to wage a war against a potential tyrannical government (who will undoubtedly have AR’s and more). So, when the left says that because AR-15’s are weapons of war and therefore should be banned, your display of profound ignorance demonstrates conclusively you are not informed enough for a legitimate opinion on the matter.
More predictable and polarizing are politicians that weigh in after every shooting with new bills rooted in much of the same misinformation that perpetuates the gun divide in America. In fact, Harvard released a study that gun legislation jumps 15% in the immediate aftermath of mass shootings. The Sandy Hook tragedy is the prime example. Connecticut, my home and ironically, the Constitution state, passed sweeping legislation with heavy restrictions, registration requirements and bans. Certainly, catered to the all blue constituency, the bill; SB1160 passed with even Republican support. Just like you should never grocery shopping when hungry, representatives should never legislate on emotion.