Democrats and the anti-gun lobby continues to scare the general public, using a number of organizations in that effort, including the Facebook pages “Occupy the NRA” and “Americans Against the Republican Party.” Their latest poster circulating on Feb. 25, 2013, says, “My favorite part of the 2nd Amendment is where it says ‘well regulated.’ Funny how those who ignorantly equate gun regulation to a complete ban on guns often feel the need to recite the 2nd Amendment and leave that part out.” Gun bans start somewhere, and it’s usually by chipping away at the rights of law abiding citizens until those rights are taken away.
The Second Amendment of the US Constitution protects the rights of the people to keep and bear arms (adopted in 1791). In 2008, the Supreme Court of the United States officially established the interpretation “to protect an individual’s right to possess a firearm, unconnected to service in a militia.” It also stated “arms” were for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense.
Even though the “well regulated militia” has not been necessary to the Second Amendment since 2008, consider this: NRA membership grew by 250,000 in one month (reported in US News on Jan. 15, 2013). There are 4.25 million NRA members, most of whom have taken NRA firearm training courses.
There are more NRA members than troops serving in the US military. As of March 31, 2010, the number of troops was 2.2 million. Add to that the total number of full-time law enforcement officers in the United States, which is 1 million on the high side, and 706,000 on the low side (2009, FBI statistics).
If it became necessary for a militia to be formed “for the security of a free state”, how many of the 4.25 million NRA members would be willing, and already trained in the use of firearms, to serve in this militia?
The Colorado House passed stricter gun regulations (on par with California and New York) along party lines (Feb. 18, 2013). Governor John Hickenlooper says his highest priority “has been mental-health issues,” (Feb. 25, 2013, Timescall.com) yet that is not what the new regulations deal with. Those anti-gun bills go to the Colorado Senate in March.
If you want to protect your Second Amendment rights, pay attention, there’s a power grab going on.
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