THE 2ND AMENDMENT
"THE RIGHT TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS"
By Marla Santos
“A free people ought...to be armed,”
said George Washington, and this begins the debate over the 2nd Amendment.
“The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”
—James Madison, author of that amendment.
Our country seems torn about the 2nd Amendment, as one side led by President Obama wants many guns banned, and the other side claims that “We the People” have the right to defend not only our family, but our own life. To defend our gift of life against an evil person certainly doesn’t seem unreasonable. In fact, a firearm is just a tool for self-defense against the thugs who don’t respect the laws of our society and have shown us that they operate outside the law.
GUN FREE ZONES
What did Sandy Hook Elementary School, Virginia Tech and the Century 16 Movie Theaters in Colorado have in common? They were all the sites of massacres that ended innocent lives. And they were all “gun-free zones”. This is a hot button topic! Gun-free zones have a unique history as one of the most illogical, dangerous, and senseless policies pushed by gun control advocates. Have you ever read the headline, “12 People Murdered At Gun Shop”? Not Likely. It has always been at a school or some other gun-free zone. Gun-free zones provide a false sense of safety and are premised on a lie: that murderers will follow the rules.
u Nikki Goeser, whose husband was murdered in a restaurant/bar gun-free zone and author of the book, “Denied A Chance”, said: “We’ve seen time and time again that perpetrators can come on college campuses and there’s no one there that can defend themselves and innocent people end up dying.”
u In 2007, Seung-Hui Cho, a senior at Virginia Tech, shot and killed 32 people and left 30 others wounded, before committing suicide. The massacre was the deadliest shooting rampage in the nation’s history and it happened in a “gun-free zone”. The tragedy prompted Virginia to seek legal means to close loopholes that allowed Cho, who was judged mentally unsound, the right to purchase handguns without being red-flagged by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. Goeser continues: “In the case of Virginia Tech, a professor can legally have a right to carry, but if you get caught anywhere on campus, you can get fired. If you have a gun violation on a campus, your academic career is over. The killer who killed 32 people is sitting in jail, but it’s a huge penalty for the law-abiding citizen who is only trying to protect himself.”
u In July of 2012, in a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, a midnight screening of
the film “The Dark Knight Rises” was playing. James Holmes, a gunman dressed in S.W.A.T. type clothing, entered the theater and shot into the audience, killing 12 people and injuring 70 others. James Holmes’ lawyers say he is mentally ill.
“Gun-free zones” are creating murder zones! Another “gun-free zone” shooting took place at the Washington Navy Yard in September of 2013, leaving 13 dead. Bill Clinton decided to make the military bases “gun-free zones” back in 1993. In an interview, one of the Marines said that the rampage at the Navy Yard could have been stopped after the first three shots, but the Marines on guard had guns, yet no ammunition. Los Angeles Community College District, the nation’s largest and serving over a quarter million students a year, was the most recent to vote that their nine campuses would be “gun-free zones”.
The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.
CONCEALED WEAPON CARRY ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES
49 out of 50 states have concealed carry weapons laws. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, twenty-two states ban the carrying of a concealed weapon on a college campus. They are Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Wyoming. In 22 states, the decision to ban or allow concealed carry weapons on campuses is made by each college or university individually: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and West Virginia. Utah is the only state to have a statute that claims that colleges and universities do not have the authority to ban concealed carry, and in 2013, all 10 institutions in Utah now allow concealed weapons on their campuses. Since 2006, Utah has allowed licensed individuals to carry concealed handguns at 9 public colleges (20 campuses) and one technical college (10 campuses). In 2010, 14 Colorado community colleges began allowing concealed carry on campus. 2 campuses of Colorado State University and a community college in Virginia have also allowed concealed carry. In more than 3 years after allowing concealed carry on campus, none of these 26 colleges (71 campuses) have seen one single incident of gun violence or accident – and that included threats and suicides. Enrollment at Utah public colleges (all of which allow campus carry) is at a record high, and that follows 3 years of record growth. Statistics on crimes committed by concealed handgun license holders show that they are significantly less likely to commit a violent crime than unlicensed residents. In Texas, 1 out of every 55 residents is licensed to carry a concealed handgun. According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, those that conceal carry are 5 and 1/2 times less likely to commit manslaughter and 4 times less likely to commit murder than the general population in Texas. In fact, a Texan is more than 20 times as likely to be struck by lightning as to be murdered or negligently killed by a concealed handgun license holder, despite the high rate of concealed carriers.
“Laws that forbid the carrying of arms, disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.” —Thomas Jefferson
HOUSEHOLD AND PERSONAL ARMS
In 1982, Kennesaw, Georgia passed a law requiring heads of households to keep at least one firearm in the house. The residential burglary rate subsequently dropped 89% in Kennesaw, compared to just 10.4% drop in Georgia as a whole. Today, the violent crime rate in Kennesaw is still 85% lower than Georgia as a whole, as well as the national average. Rorke Denver, a Navy Seal, who wrote the book, “Damn Few”, has this to say: “As a Seal, they’re tools of the trade. I don’t think weapons are the issue. It’s more of a mental health issue. I don’t think the bulk of gun owners are doing inappropriate things with those guns. Evil finds a way. Even if guns are banned, evil people will find a way.”
After a shooting spree, Harvard graduate and author William Burroughs said: “They always want to take the guns away from the people who didn’t do it. I sure as hell wouldn’t want to live in a society where the only people allowed guns are the police and the military.”
Every year, guns are used over 80 times more often to protect a life than to take one!
A ban is the simplest form of a gun control law. In Washington, D.C., they struck down the gun ban laws, and in the two years that followed, murder rates have fallen by 36%. What would the media say if the rates had gone up by 36%? Criminals have already shown us that they operate outside the law. During the years in which the D.C. handgun ban and trigger lock law was in effect, the Washington, D.C. murder rate averaged 73% higher than it was at the outset of the law, while the U.S. murder rate averaged 11% lower.
“When the law disarms good guys, bad guys rejoice. Unarmed and helpless is an irresponsible and suicidal condition. If you believe that being unarmed and helpless is a desirable condition, then quite honestly, you have no soul. You must not respect the gift of life. You must not care about your family’s life.” –Ted Nugent
Ted Nugent, the famed hard rocker known as the “Motorcity Madman”, has released more than 34 albums and sold more than 30 million during his career. His most recent is a compilation of his hits recorded live, such as “Wango Tango” and “Cat Scratch Fever”. An avid conservative, staunch firearms and hunting advocate, Nugent started writing for more than 20 different publications in the 1990’s. He is the author of the book, “God, Guns and Rock ‘n’ Roll” that became a New York Times Best Seller. He is the national spokesman for the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE). In 1995 he was elected to the NRA’s Board of Directors and is a strong advocate of the 2nd Amendment’s “Right to bear arms.” The ability to defend his family is something he takes very seriously. He speaks at political events across the country and expounds things like: “Smart people admit unarmed helplessness is asking for trouble. If you don’t concur, you’ve got to be kidding me! You must not respect the gift of life! You must not care about your family’s lives! Unarmed and helpless is not only wrong on every imaginable level, it is downright pathetic and embarrassing!” Nugent believes that gun violence is caused by criminals, the mentally ill, and the justice system that paroles felons way too soon. He believes that limiting guns and ammunition will not stop tragedies like the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Following the horrific mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, in 2012, where 20 first-grade students and 6 adult staffers were killed, Nugent offered Vice President Biden this opinion in a letter. “Clearly the focus on solving these mass murders must be on the mentally ill. In almost every instance of mass killing, there were ample red flags and warning alarms that either were avoided or were not acted upon by mental health professionals, family members, friends and acquaintances. You will find that all of the massacres have occurred in gun-free zones. What gun-free zones create is an environment where good people are unarmed and virtually defenseless against an unstable person intent on committing mass murder. Gun-free zones are modern killing fields. I implore you to strongly consider recommending that trained school officials have access to weapons to protect students. Just as airline pilots may have access to a weapon to prevent another Sept. 11th mass murder, school officials also should be trained to stop shooting sprees at our schools. There are hundreds of millions of gun owners in this country, and not one of them will have an accident today. The only misuse of guns comes in environments where there are drugs, alcohol, bad parents and undisciplined children. Period. Where you have the most armed citizens in America, you have the lowest violent crime rate. Where you have the worst gun control, you have the highest crime rate.” When Nugent appeared on Piers Morgan, and Piers stated about how “80 people a day die from gunshots in America,” Nugent snapped back: “And 75 to 78 of those 80 are let out of their cages by corrupt judges and prosecutors who know the recidivism is out of control. Yet, they let them walk through plea-bargaining, and give them an early release.”
Nugent owns a hunting ranch near Jackson, Michigan, called Sunrize Acres. Nugent notes that: “Every night all summer since 1955, I get on stage and rock my nuts off. Every night, all summer long. Then the rest of the year I just kill shit. It’s perfect! We kill so much shit that every year my family and I send a ton of pure, nutritious, renewable venison jerky to the heroes of the U.S. military in Afghanistan. Every year I get a call from Afghanistan and they say: ‘Ted, thanks for the meat, I feel the love. Not only is your meat delicious, we know you worked pretty hard to track it, gut that shit, and hang it up. Not only is your meat perfect, but it makes us kill more assholes.’ How fucking perfect is that?” Nugent leaves us with these very profound words: “Use your lives wisely, my friends, and conserve these precious freedoms for future generations.”
Chicago has among the most restrictive gun laws in the nation. In 1982, the city instituted a ban on handguns, but in 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that this ban was unconstitutional. In 2012, Chicago had more than 2,500 firearm-related shootings and 513 homicides. Retired Mayor Richard M. Daley and new Mayor Rahm Emanuel, take the “blame the guns” stand. John Caile, a firearms instructor wrote: “No matter how many gang shootings shatter the night, the response is always the same—‘We
need more gun laws.’ Apparently, none of the city’s politicians have ever watched the History Channel’s illuminating series, ‘Gangland’, which makes it abundantly clear that inner city gangs are as heavily armed as ever. These street thugs merely laugh at gun laws, even boldly showing their guns to the interviewer, right on camera!” To those with an ounce of common sense, our country has gone berserk with attitudes pertaining to guns. When our tax dollars are spent on silly charges like the 19-year-old Port St. Lucia, Florida woman who was charged with misdemeanor battery with a water pistol, because she squirted her boyfriend while he was playing an Xbox video game in his bedroom – something is totally out of whack.
u A Baltimore, Maryland 7-year-old was suspended for two days after he chewed a Pop-Tart into the shape of a gun. There was no evidence that any other student was frightened by the pastry, but it seems to be this bizarre way the government and schools go about trying to control everything.
u A deaf 3-year-old boy from Nebraska has been asked to change his name because when using sign language, his name resembles “weapons.” “It’s an actual sign, a registered sign, through S.E.E. (Signing Exact English),” says the boy’s father. A school spokesman says that rather than the condensed sign the boy uses now, they want him to spell out his name, letter by letter. Guess a 3-year-old’s hands are now considered “weapons of destruction!”
u The following ridiculous examples were in a recent Las Vegas Review Journal Editorial: “Time and time again we’ve seen an alarmingly irrational trend—supposedly justified by student safety concerns—in which grown-ups have gone off the rails.”
u A 5-year-old Pennsylvania girl discussed with her classmate her Hello Kitty bubble gun (it blows soap bubbles everywhere with the flick of a finger). She said to the classmate: “I’ll shoot you, you shoot me, and we’ll all play together.” A day later, she was suspended for 10 days for making a “terroristic threat,” said the principal. Attorney Robin Ficker claims the school also required her to be evaluated by a psychologist and the incident goes on her permanent school record as a “troubled person.” The girl’s mother added: “My daughter was told she could go to jail, and that’s a very traumatic thing for a 5-year-old to live with.”
u In Virginia Beach, VA, two seventh-grade boys with Airsoft guns were playing in one of their front yards while waiting for their school bus. The front yard was located 70 yards from the bus stop. The boys had never taken the toy guns to the bus stop or to school, but a neighbor saw them shooting the Airsoft guns and called 911. The principal said the school’s zero-tolerance gun policy extends to private property, and both were expelled for the rest of the school year.
u An 8-year-old Florida boy was suspended from school for a day for playing cops and robbers, using his finger to simulate a handgun.
u A 12-year-old Rhode Island boy was suspended for three days after a gun-replica keychain ornament—the size of a quarter—fell out of his backpack and was picked up and shown around by another student. The boy’s father said the school’s behavioral specialist said his son was lucky he didn’t get suspended for 10 days or even expelled.
u In Orange County, CA, a high school student was forced to change out of her National Rifle Association T-shirt.
u In Arizona, a police officer who usually drops off his daughter at her elementary school was asked by the principal to no longer wear his uniform to the school, because other parents were concerned he was carrying a gun. Really?! He’s a police officer on his way to work! And in his proper uniform!
Adults are teaching kids that it’s never OK to have guns anywhere, even in your home, and it’s certainly never OK to carry a gun. This leads to the spread of gun-free zones, which give lunatic shooters the opportunity to inflict massive carnage. The Second Amendment exists to give us the ability to defend ourselves—from intruders in our home or anywhere that law enforcement can’t help us. The desire to ban guns is an important part of the emasculating of our nation.
u Between 2004 and 2010, 1,225 firearm checks for people on terrorist watch lists were processed by the federal background check system. 91% of those transactions were allowed.
u As of 2010, federal law does not prohibit members of terrorist organizations from purchasing or possessing firearms.
u 15 states restore the firearm rights of convicts upon their release from prison or completion of parole. 6 other states restore the firearm rights of juvenile convicts upon their release from prison.
u In 2004, the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Justice wrote: “Someone convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence is permanently barred from owning a firearm, while someone who kills his spouse has his firearm rights restored after serving his sentence.”
A Justice Department survey of 14,285 state prison inmates who carried a firearm during the crime that put them in jail:
0.7% obtained the firearm at a gun show
1% at a flea market
3.8% from a pawn shop
8.3% from a retail store
39.2% through an illegal/street source
39.6% through family or friends
RIGHT-TO-CARRY CONCEALED HANDGUNS IN PUBLIC
Washington DC: murder rate has gone down 36%
Florida: murder rate has gone down 36%
Texas: murder rate has gone down 30%
Michigan: murder rate has gone down 4%
Donald K. Martin of Windsor Locks, CT wrote to the Courant Newspaper:
“Today I swung my front door wide open and placed my Remington 30.06 right in the doorway. I left 6 shells beside it, then left it alone and went about my business. While I was gone, the mailman delivered my mail, the neighbor boy across the street mowed the yard, a girl walked her dog down the street, and quite a few cars stopped at the stop sign near the front of our house. After about 10 hours, I checked on the gun. It was still sitting there, right where I had left it. It hadn’t moved itself outside. It certainly hadn’t killed anyone, even with the numerous opportunities it had been presented to do so. In fact, it hadn’t even loaded itself. Well, you can imagine my surprise, with all the media hype about how dangerous guns are and how they kill people. Either the media is wrong, or I’m in possession of the laziest gun in the world. Well, I’m off to check on my spoons. I hear they’re making people fat.”
And, after that touch of humor, here is something
that ought to scare the living daylights out of all of us:
“The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to allow the subject races to possess arms. History shows that all conquerors who have allowed their subject races to carry arms have prepared their own downfall by so doing.”
—Adolph Hitler, “Hitler’s Secret Conversations”