The Lie....The Second Amendment exists to protect the right of our military to bear arms.
In one statement CBS has stripped the citizens of the United States of their rights under the Second, Fourth, Ninth and Tenth Amendments, all of which use the same language. They have also managed to redefine the Bill of Rights as "not pertaining to individual citizens". Soon, nothing will remain and we will be left standing defenseless before a new type of government tyranny. Do we really want America to go that way? Well, Federal Judge Sam Cummings certainly didn't see it that way in his recent ruling that the Second Amendment is an individual right! The destruction of the Constitution is the hidden agenda of the political left. Is there any doubt what side CBS is on? There is no room in the "new world order" for American independence and liberty. Most Americans just haven't caught on yet, and it's almost too late.
Dan Rather and CBS News gives us an alarming example of media bias and its misinformation campaign in this excerpt from the report entitled "2nd Amendment Reality Check"...
August 3, 1999
Does every American really have the right to own a gun?
"I believe the Second "Amendment is America's first freedom among that entire magnificent Bill of Rights," declared Charlton Heston, president of the National Rifle Association.
There is one rather important group that has never said the Second Amendment protects the right to own a gun; the U.S. Supreme Court.
In fact, the Supreme Court is so convinced that there is no such right, the Court hasn't heard a Second Amendment case since 1939, reports CBS News Correspondent Eric Engberg. Back then, when the justices looked at the framer's words, it ruled repeatedly that it was militas--National Guards--that have a right to arms. Individuals do not.
[You can read the entire report on their website]
The first 10 Amendments to the U.S. Constitution, the "Bill of Rights", were established to address the threat of a powerful central government. Most supporters of the newly drafted Constitution would not sign it until the "Bill of Rights" was included. The Bill of Rights exist to limit and restrict the intrusiveness of the federal government while reinforcing the individual citizen's God-given freedoms. The Second Amendment is NOT about government rights, but about citizen rights! The clause "the right of the people" found in the Second Amendment also appears in the Fourth, Ninth and Tenth Amendments. Past court rulings have repeatably proved that "the right of the people" is the right of individual citizens. Opponents of our Constitution (including many judges) try to interpret this phrase in the Second Amendment as meaning the military or the National Guard--but change their interpretation of this phrase where it is found in the other Amendments. You can't have it both ways. The Second Amendment is Constitutional law--like it or not. Just because it's not "politically correct" doesn't give any government official the right to explain it away.
The Second Amendment has very clear language . It was designed that way. You have to be blindly committed to a political agenda to misinterpret it. The military (Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard...and even the National Guard) is under the control of the government. The Second Amendment exists to clarify the individual citizen's right--not the right of the federal government--to keep and bear arms. When you think about it--CBS Correspondent Eric Engberg's interpretation is foolish since the government's right to arm its soldiers needs no protection. If a government becomes abusive and moves against the will of the people, it will arm its soldiers anyway! Who can stop it? The only threat to an over-powered government is the armed citizen, and that's where the Second Amendment comes in. It's a safe-guard to our freedoms--and when we lose this right, it will never be restored. The orginal understanding of the word "militia" from the Federalist Papers was "all of the people"...it was never understood as the military arm of government (like the National Guard in Eric's political view). The interpretation supported by the Federalist Papers is being upheld by most Constitutional scholars around the country. The meaning of the Second Amendment becomes clear when you read the writings of the men that drafted our Constitution and understand their intense fear of an all-powerful central government like we have today. It is no wonder they placed this all important "freedom" [they considered it a duty] as #2, only to be preceded by the First Amendment that clarifies our right to freedom of speech, religion, press, assembly and to petition the government.
Also included in the CBS report "2nd Amendment Reality Check" is this response from Robert Cottrol of George Washington University Law School...
"My view of the Second Amendment is that the framers intended to protect an individual right to keep and bear arms. Courts can get it wrong. Courts can be hostile to certain rights. Judges are human."
Eric has two flaws in his Constitutional understanding. The first is equating the term "milita" with the National Guard. The second is giving the Supreme Court the position of being "inerrant" in matters of Constitutional law. Today, corruption and politics rule the courtrooms of America. Bill Clinton replaced many of the federal judges with his own appointees when he assumed office in 1992. This gave him an overwhelming judicial influence which is why he remains in office today dispite the serious crimes he committed. At present, we have a justice system that has usurped power from the legislative branch of government and is making "courtroom" law. If the Second Amendment is "ruled" socially unacceptable, it will be struck down regardless of its clearly written language, or of the truth. The truth doesn't matter in social politics.
I received my education in the public school system before it was corrupted. Civics and American History classes taught me years ago that Mr. Cottrol has the correct interpretation because the Bill of Rights was written about individual rights. However, in the last 20 years our Constitution is being redefined by arrogant politicians, educators and the news media. Most Americans don't spend the time to learn the truth. They just accept what CBS says about the Second Amendment as the truth--especially if if happens to agree with their own feelings.
Below are some famous quotes from those who gave us our Constitution:
Thomas Jefferson penned these words in the Virginia Constitution of 1776: "No free man shall be debarred the use of arms within his own land." This was said following the "shot heard around the world" at Lexington when the British came to disarm the American colonies.
Jefferson's thoughts continued to influence the Declaration of Independence which states: "Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. Whenever any form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it."
George Mason said before the Virginia Assembly..."I ask, sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people, except for a few public officials."
Benjamin Franklin said: "They that can give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." (A statement that certainly applies to America's attitude today toward government protection)
Patrick Henry (who declared, "Give me liberty, or give me death") gives further meaning to the Second Amendment: "They tell us...that we are weak--unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger?...Will it be when we are totally disarmed, and when a British guard shall be stationed in every house?...Three million people, armed in the holy cause of liberty...are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us."
Patrick Henry also said... "Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are ruined."
Maybe we should heed Patrick Henry's words about "suspecting everyone who approaches" the jewel of public liberty. Remember the words of Bill Clinton after the Oklahoma City bombing when he told Americans that we need to "give up some of our liberties" in order to deal with future terrorist threats? Patrick Henry would hold this man in suspicion. Sadly, most Americans didn't even consider it important.
The perpetrators of the big lie do not want you to realize the power the Constitution gives you as an individual citizen. An intrusive central government derives its power from ignorance--and that's where they want to keep you. Ignorance will keep citizens voting the same lawmakers in office that are taking away their rights--one by one. That's why it's explained away with all kinds of good sounding, emotional arguements.
Thought for the day...
Would Kosovo had happended if Albania had a Second Amendment for its people?