There’s Never Been A More Important Time to Know the Bill of Rights

Rockwall Independent School District students gathered (about 80) to protest the NRA and the Second Amendment, calling for item two of the Bill of Rights to be ‘regulated’.

Rockwall ISD students walk out of school promoting gun law reform
Houston, we have a problem…

Perhaps, no, most certainly, those students have neither read nor been taught the Bill of Rights.

Years ago while my wife and I served as Rockwall High School band boosters, I informally engaged a group of high school students in a brief discussion about the Bill of Rights.

The five freedoms protected by the First Amendment, the right to keep and bear arms protected by the Second, the right to freedom from unreasonable searches protected the Fourth, the several features of the Fifth (private property rights at the forefront), and so on.

As I concluded the above discussion, I asked, “What is the purpose of the Bill of Rights?” One student answered, “To protect us.” I then asked, “Protect us from what or whom?” The same student, answered, his eyes open as it happens in one of those ah-ha! moments, “From the government!”

Yes, the purpose of the first ten amendments to the Constitution of the United States of America is to protect us from a tyrannical government.

Now, let’s go back and read the text of that pesky Second Amendment.

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.

Founding Father George Mason was the principal author of the Bill of Rights. Mr. Mason explained, “What is the militia? It is the whole people, except for a few public officials…A well-regulated militia, composed of the Gentlemen, Freeholders, and other Freemen was necessary to protect our ancient laws and liberty from the standing army.

Founding Father James Madison was the principal author of the Constitution. Madison understood the sin nature of man, saying, “All men having power ought to be distrusted to a certain degree.”

In Federalist Number 46, Madison expounded on the principle upon which the Second Amendment was crafted. I refer to the ninth paragraph (second from last) where he stated, “Besides the advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation” in the context of the citizens maintaining a defense against a standing army.

The 2nd Amendment Is What Makes The Other Nine Possible

I shall not burden Rockwall ISD administrators with verifiable facts on the dangers of gun-free zones, crime rates, and the lot.

I shall, instead, offer one little definition to the English-language teachers in our Rockwall high schools, the meaning of the verb infringe: to break a rule or regulation; to interfere with; to commit a breach or infraction of; violate or transgress.

Are the teachers who are paid to teach American history and basic civics simply ignorant of the facts? Or, is it possible there is a leftist agenda about which we the taxpayers of Rockwall County are unaware?

For the record, I am a 31-year resident of Rockwall County, a registered Republican voter, and a proud member of the NRA. My mom purchased my first firearm, a J.C. Higgins bolt-action .22 caliber rifle, from the Sears-Roebuck store in Victoria, Texas. It was on the occasion of my seventh birthday. I have been in continuous possession of that rifle and other lawful firearms for well over a half-century. During my high school years, I and my fellow gun owners often kept our guns and ammo in our vehicles. Neither I nor any of my fellow students ever threatened to shoot up our school.

There has never been a more important time to know the Bill of Rights and the basis for them.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

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