The Right to Keep and Bear Arms: Your Constitutional and Biblical Right! (Part 4)

More Gun Control?

Unfortunately, recent random shooting murders in America have caused government imposed gun control to once again be publicly touted as the best solution to our society’s gun violence. For example:

President Barack Obama is thinking about implementing a new gun control measure by executive order and without the support of Congress. The proposed rule change would require anyone who sells more than 50 guns a year to obtain a federal license and conduct background checks on potential buyers…Obama opted against changing the rule by executive order in the past, apparently for legal reasons and because it’s unpopular…In the wake of the Oregon shooting, Obama is now “seriously considering” using his executive power to change that rule and implement other restrictions on gun rights. He discussed the idea with Attorney General Loretta Lynch following the Charleston shooting, and a group of White House staffers is now working on the proposal.1

In addition, in the wake yet another shooting spree murder, Bob Costas also recently turned his position as a sports commentator into a pulpit to preach his gospel message of blaming such tragedies on the private ownership of firearms. Costas pontificated: “In the coming days, Jovan Belcher’s actions and their possible connection to football will be analyzed. Who knows? But here, wrote Jason Whitlock, is what I believe. ‘If Jovan Belcher didn’t possess a gun, he and Kasandra Perkins would both be alive today.”’2 Of course, the Costas-Obama thesis that the mere elimination of the private ownership of firearms would automatically eliminate gun violence is amply refuted by the recent shooting massacre in Paris, where the private use and ownership of firearms is illegal.

 

In our last three posts, we noted how our Constitution’s Second Amendment guarantees an individual right, rather than merely a collective right, to keep and bear arms when it says, “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.” We also noted how our own Supreme Court, as well as America’s founders, interpreted and understood this right in individual rather than in collective terms. In addition, we noted that our right to keep and bear arms is a right that not only emanates from the thinking of America’s founding fathers, but it is also a right found in the pages of God’s Word, the Bible. In this post, we will complete our mini-series on the Second Amendment by explaining that our right to keep and bear arms is a right that cannot be abridged by man since it falls under the category of “unalienable.” Here, we also explain that this Second Amendment right must be aggressively defended not only because it is our most important right, but also because it is a right that is completely unique among the nations of the world.

 

An Unalienable Right

No human leader has the authority to abrogate the Second Amendment, or any of our other constitutionally guaranteed rights, since they are all sourced in God and not man. The great freedoms enjoyed by Americans exist because our nation from its inception has viewed them as emanating from the hand of God. The second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence, which is the very document that represents America’s birth certificate, proclaims, “that all men…are created equal” and “are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights” and “That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men.” The preamble to our Constitution similarly states that our government exists to “secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.” In other words, the United States of America is based upon the philosophical premise that the many rights that its citizens enjoy, such as freedom of speech, press, and assembly, as well as the right to keep and bear arms, exist because they are given by God. Thus, they cannot be taken away by government. Because our founding documents acknowledged that human rights are God-given and unalienable, government is not the creator of these rights but simply exists to recognize and secure them. Because our government simply recognizes and secures rights that already exist, which are given from God to man, it is inaccurate to view the American government as the creator of rights. This reality explains why Americans enjoy more freedom than any people in the world. If the state is not the grantor of rights, then it has no authority to take them away. John Dickinson, one of the Constitution’s signers, defined an unalienable right as one “…which God gave to you and which no inferior power has the right to take away.”3 John Adams, America’s second President, concurred when he said, “Rights [are] antecedent to all earthly government; Rights…cannot be repealed or restrained by human laws; Rights [are] derived from the great Legislature of the universe.”4 Once the state is seen as the grantor of rights, then the state can also take away what it has given. Yet, under the American system of governance, the state has no authority to take rights away since it is not the author of rights. You have no authority to take away what you have not given. Thus, the government has no authority to take away what only God can give. The unique American governmental system that simply recognizes and secures pre-existing, God-given, unalienable rights instead of creating them is a far cry from the constitutions of international bodies that do not arise out of the same biblical framework.
In this sense, our government’s treatment of and attitude toward the Second Amendment serves as a test case for how all of the other rights specified in our Bill of Rights will be respected. After all, if the state will not accept the Second Amendment rights to private citizens as an unalienable right emanating from God that cannot be abrogated by man, then how can we expect our government to treat any better our First Amendment freedoms, or any of our other freedoms as expressed in the Bill of Rights for that matter?

“No human leader has the authority to abrogate the Second Amendment, or any of our other constitutionally guaranteed rights, since they are all sourced in God and not man.”

Lack of International Second Amendment Protection

Let’s not forget that one of the first power grabs of virtually any dictatorship throughout the world is to disarm its own citizens. This pattern is evident in the totalitarian regimes of Castro, Qaddafi, Stalin, Idi Amen, Mao Tse-Tung, Pol Pot, and Kim Jong Il. Wayne LaPierre explains how gun control was instrumental in the rise of Adolf Hitler:

In the closing scenes of the scenes of the highly decorated film Schindler’s List…near the end of the war Schindler further risked his life obtaining firearms to Jewish prisoners in his factory. He armed and trained them against the day the Nazi guards would get the order to execute them. Armed by Schindler, the Jews were no longer powerless against certain death. That simple but powerful act of arming perfectly exemplifies our Founding Fathers beliefs when they wrote the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of the right of the individual to keep and bear arms. If we believe that the Holocaust in Nazi Germany – not to mention other examples of other state sponsored genocide – “can’t happen here,” it is not because Americans are morally superior to the rest of the world. It is because, among other reasons, we are guaranteed the right to keep and bear hands – the ultimate safeguard against despotism and genocide. Gun control proponents, intent on disarming the American people, ignore history that reveals the greatest crimes against humanity occur when ruthless governments disarm and then kill powerless civilians. In Germany, Jewish extermination began with the Nazi Weapon Law of 1938, signed by Adolf Hitler, that required police permission for ownership of a handgun. All firearms had to be registered. Germans who enjoyed using bolt-action rifles for target practice were told to join the Wehrmacht if they wish to shoot “military” rifles. The Nazis also enacted the “Regulation against Jews’ possession of weapons” within the days of the Kristallnacht–the “night of broken glass”–when storm troopers attacked synagogues and Jews throughout Germany. In documentaries that show Nazi troops rounding up masses of Jews destined for death camps, there is no instance of any of these innocent people possessing a gun which might have been used in self-defense. These policies were promulgated in every country conquered by Hitler, and with the same results…Elliot C. Rothenberg, an attorney… made profound points in his article, “Jewish History Refutes Gun Control Activists,” that appeared in the…February 1988 issue of the American Rifleman. In reference to the revolt of the Warsaw ghetto, he reported that Nazi propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels wrote in his diary on May 1, 1943: “This just shows what you can expect from Jews if they lay hands on weapons.”5

The Most Important Right

We should never take our biblically founded constitutional right to keep and bear arms for granted. In fact, the protection of our Second Amendment rights may be the most important right in the Bill of Rights since it is the only right that furnishes the private citizens with the force necessary to protect all of our other rights from being trampled upon by a totalitarian government. Historian David Barton points out:

It is instructive to examine the suggested wording on the right to keep and bear arms which was sent to the federal government by the States who offered their suggestions for a Bill of Rights…Significantly, every State which submitted a proposal for a Bill of Rights included specific protection for the right to keep and bear arms. However, proposals to protect free speech and other rights appeared in only some of the proposals, thus indicating that the general consensus among the people was that the right to keep and bear arms was even more important than many other individual rights.6

In this day of ever increasing governmental intrusion upon our constitutional liberties, let us remember the masterful wisdom and true meaning of both the Second Amendment and the Bible as we speak up on behalf of our unalienable and God-given right to personally and privately keep and bear arms.

 

 

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 Endnotes


  1. http://dailycaller.com/2015/10/09/obama-considering-executive-order-on-gun-control/ []
  2. http://www.usatoday.com/story/gameon/2012/12/03/nfl-costas-speech-reaction/1742313/ []
  3. John Dickinson, Letters from a Farmer in Pennsylvania, ed. R.T.H. Halsey (New York: The Outlook Company, 1903), xlii. []
  4. John Adams, The Works of John Adams, Second President of the United States, ed. Charles Francis Adams, 10 vols. (Boston: Little, Brown, 1856), 3:449. []
  5. Wayne LaPierre, Gun, Crime, and Freedom (Washington, DC: Regenery, 1994), 166-69. []
  6. David Barton, The Second Amendment: Preserving the Indiviudal Right of Self-Protection (Aledo, TX: Wall Builders, 2010), 37. []

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