Wisdom Has Departed The Hallowed Halls of Congress
Our Founding Fathers observed the weaknesses of various forms of governments and distilled their findings in the Unanimous Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator 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 powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”
- All authority comes from God
- God endows his people with authority to self-rule
- Governments are empowered by the consent of the governed
- The chief purpose of human government is to secure our natural rights
- Governments that attempt to control citizens in a manner contrary to the will of God and the will of the people must be abolished
Years following our successful American revolution, a federation of 13 independent nations was united by a social compact we know today as the Constitution of the United States of America.
The central focus of the Constitution is limited government, hence the enumerated powers described in Article I, Section 8.
Over the many years since the founding of the federation, the federal government has assumed powers far beyond those enumerated in the Constitution.
With respect to securing our natural (God-given) right to life, the Second Amendment clearly delineates the power of the federal from the power of the several states to regulate firearms.
the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringedText of the Second Amendment, Ratified December 15, 1791
Some contemporary gun owners are unhappy with the non-uniform gun laws of the states. Is this a problem or a benefit?
In New Jersey, possession of any firearm can land you in jail for a very, very long time. But, that’s what the people of New Jersey agree to. Right?
Meanwhile, here in Texas, our state leaders are firmly set against so-called “Red Flag Laws”. Why? Here in Texas, we generally subscribe to the Rule of Law and Due Process.
I refer the reader to Article 1, Section 23 of the Texas Constitution.
“RIGHT TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS. Every citizen shall have the right to keep and bear arms in the lawful defense of himself or the State; but the Legislature shall have power, by law, to regulate the wearing of arms, with a view to prevent crime.”
As society changes, the state legislature updates TEXAS gun laws to deal with changes “with a view to prevent crime”.
The regulation of gun ownership is a states issue, not a federal issue.
Are you in contact with your US Representative? Are you telling him or her to OPPOSE federal Red Flag laws?
Your silence will be seen as tacit acceptance.