Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Don't Ask. Tell! Second-Amendment Rights and All Rights Inseparable

On Fox 'n Friends this morning, re-elected head of the National Rifle Association discussed the situation during Hurricane Katrina in Lousianna where guns of law abiding citizens were confiscated by law enforcement.

Steve Doocey said that there were law-breakers who used guns to fire on police during the day.

News highlights on the ticker showed info two guns had been taken by law enforcement from people at the SuperDome.

NRA President said the guns shouldn't have been taken from law-abiding citizens, only from those breaking the law.

She went on to say the NRA was asking that guns not be confiscated in such instances of a declared emergency. She said the second-Amendment right to bear arms is a civil right.

We disagree. The NRA should not be asking that guns not be confiscated from law abiding citizens during a declared emergency.

The NRA should demand adherence to the U.S. Constitution. The NRA should tell law enforcement and the governments of any state and the federal government DO NOT INTRUDE again.

The U.S. Constitution protects and guarantees our inalienable rights.

Law enforcement that takes guns from law abiding citizens is committing an unconstitutional act. Individuals who acted to take guns should be identified, and put on trial for denying law abiding citizens their inalienable rights.

in fact, I would argue that the act of taking guns from law abiding citizens in their own homes was a treasonous act.

What many do not understand is the U.S. Constitution does not "give" us rights. We already possess rights which are inherent to us and inseparable from us.

There are two approaches to these inherent rights: some claim these are natural rights (my view) while others claim these are God-given rights.

Whichever approach is used, it is undeniable that the Founding Framers of the Constitution crafted the Constitution to be the embodiment of a guarantee of all rights to us.

The Bill of Rights only identify those rights the Founders thought needed "extra" attention, not extra protection.

I'm not sure when the term "civil" rights began to be used. Will research further - it seems as though many want to apply the term to rights they believe may be able to be "tweaked."

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