Your diatribe was filled with insight and damn good information, though biased at times. We are all biased to a degree! Appropriately, you initial response was to repeat the 2nd Amendment as this was where I began after I understood the anti-gun lobby would surely attack. However, in attempts to digress and find an underlying cause for the violence and death we now see too often, a broader search is required. Let us first look at the Declaration of Independence and the entire Constitution for potential answers.
“When in the course of human events ( daily living) it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them to another ( King George and the Brits were so distant from the colonies, and their ways were inconsistent with the needs and interest of the colonials) and assume among the powers of the earth ( take control of our own lives as free men) for which the Laws of Nature and Natures Nature’s God entitle them ( as free men Natural Law provids moral lessons of right and wrong under the omniscient eye of the Supreme Architect of the Universe). A decent respect for the opinions of man requires that we declare the causes which impel the separation (Respecting our fellow humans we should explain to them (Brits) why we desire our independence.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are CREATED EQUAL (emphasis added), that they are endowed by their CREATOR (emphasis added) with certain unalienable rights; that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of happiness; that to secure these rights governments are instituted among men, deriving their JUST power from the consent of the governed……. Within this golden apple are the rights of free men provided by Nature’s God, The Creator. Understanding from where all rights are derived is implicit in any and hopefully our Free Society. The Declaration answers the question why! The Constitution tells us how! That is, the Entire Constitution.
Freemasonry taught me that the Holy Bible is the one true light and that we should use the Holy Bible as a Rule and Guide for our lives. (Do not we still use the Bible to swear oaths and allegiances?) So, as we use the Holy Bible as a Rule and Guide for our lives, we must use the Declaration and Constitution as a Rule and Guide for our Great Nation. While the Bible has translations of languages, it has not been amended to reflect those changes in our society (let’s call it progressivism)! I believe neither should our Constitution be carelessly amended to reflect the changes of our “progressive” (actually I personally think the name should be “permissive”) society. Like the Bible, our Constitution is firm and should serve as a role model for which societal changes should reflect and acknowledge its principles.
“A well-regulated militia”? Does that mean we want chains-of-command; a Uniform Code of Military Justice? You expertly render life as it was in colonial America with the dangers fraught in the wild. Therefore to aid each other and any resemblance of governance, each must arm themselves with weapons and cache of ammunition to answer the call. After King George housed British troops at the colonist expense, and seeing what effects an ever present army had on citizens and business, standing armies were seen as a threat to the newly won independence. The distance between England and the colonies made militia a natural choice.
Armaments of the United States Military complex have dwarfed that of its citizen warriors. However, citizens predominantly serve in positions within the military. Those citizens take an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America against all enemies foreign and domestic. Here lies one potential conflict!!!! The security of the Free-State could require a citizen militia. If so, how would a free standing army react to the will of a State or of a people if that State or people oppose an established government? The 1878 “Posse Comitatus Act” limited the Commander in Chief in utilizing the military to enforce U.S. Laws and domestic policies within the borders of the United States. (At the time State Guards were not U.S. Military) It was originally enacted by Congress in potential belief that President Lincoln violated his authority by suspending habeas corpus (how could he seize land and property without due process?) and creating military courts with jurisdictions over civilians during the Civil War.
The Insurrection Act of 1807 enacted closer to the early Congressional concerns limited the Presidential authority to deploy U.S. Military forces on American soil in the event of lawlessness, insurrection and rebellion. The original intent was to allow individual states to manage their own affairs by using their militias or later, their National Guards. I think it interesting that the Insurrection Act of 1807 observes the 10th Amendment much more closely than does the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878. As our Nation aged and progressive mindsets filtered into our midst, the further we become removed from the founding documents and their Constitutional intent.
Much maligned additionally is the real meaning of the 1st Amendment. “Congress shall make no laws with respect to the establishment of religion, or the free exercise thereof; or the freedom of speech, or the freedom of the press, or the right of the people to peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. Nowhere within the amendment does it ban religion from government. Baptist preachers from Danbury Connecticut wrote to President Jefferson in 1802 to ascertain their rights to practice their faith under the 1st Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Jefferson wrote back in 1803 explaining that their right to practice their faith came as a privilege from the State of Connecticut, but that the Federal Constitution via the 1st Amendment erected a “wall of separation” between the Church and Government (state). The intent of the 1st Amendment was to forbid the Federal Government from electing one national church or one national religion like the Church of England had done.
I whole-heartedly agree on the 10th. Another reason I am big on the Convention of States movement. If we are to ever gain control of OUR government, it must come by peaceably utilizing the Constitution (Article V) to initiate essential changes such as term limits and a balanced budget. Republics by nature are small as to allow a smaller distance from citizen to representative and vice versa. The representative that lives near you will now your desires better than one residing 3000 miles away. Fifty (50) individual Republics federalized to establish common needs such as protection from foreign enemies, a common coinage and commerce laws to insure equitable practices between the States, and a postage and highway system to facilitate trade between the States. All other needs should be handled at the local and State level.
As the number of formerly trained veterans rises, the ability to raise a militia at the State level should ease. I sincerely hope I never have to use any of my weapons for self-defense; but if the call becomes necessary to protect my family and my way of life, I will be available and heavily armed.
Tragedies occur from time to time; however, where they occur and how often cannot be tolerated by civil society. Why do they occur in gun-free zones? Dah, murderers are cowards and fear meeting resistance or authority. Should we arm the schools? No way! But we should recognize in what has become a permissive-progressive society that authority established by the governed must be respected for any society to survive. That means parents must stay in the home and see that their progeny learns and respects authority in the home, in the church, in the schools, and in society.
Teachers and counselors must recognize unusual behavior in children and assistance should be made available. Disgruntled employees at the post office, recently fired workers, students with repeated instances of bullying or being bullied may at any time began a rage of violence with a knife, a vehicle, baseball bat, or yes, maybe even a gun. We must treat the underlying cause, not outlaw or ban the method. Personally, I believe we need to bring God and Religion back into our lives, our schools, and our society; where else will humans learn morality?