Monday, November 12, 2007

Gun Rights

There is a big flap in the rags today regarding second amendment rights. In March the US Supreme Court concluded that the 2nd Amendment protects an individual's right to have firearms. The USSC could be taking a fresh look at the whole issue on Tuesday and beyond. Again.

The key phrase in the 2nd amendment states :

"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."

Reading this, the solution seems clear to me. If you wish to have guns, you need to be a part of the militia. I don't think I have a problem with this. Unfortunately the authority is that of Congress and the problem comes when they want to send me to boot camp and force the friggin' government agenda on me. I'm all for protecting my self, family and lands from foreign invaders but I'll be damned if I'm forced to do something outside of my own will. Now, if the authority deferred to my state, I think we are getting somewhere. We could have some basic, and I mean real basic, training in state. Show me how to shoot, how to move and communicate with my fellow militiamen. Just don't make me go to Georgia in August to get yelled at by a jarhead. Its gonna do no one any good.

Sure, I'll take shifts at the former 295 toll booth converted into checkpoint to watch for commies - if the need be. Or creep through the northern Maine woods to blow up a nazi bunker (Return of the Jedi style). But fuck going outside of my own state or country to fight.

According to wikipedia a militia is: "... a military force composed of ordinary citizens to provide defense, emergency, law enforcement, or paramilitary service, and those engaged in such activity, without being paid a regular salary or committed to a fixed term of service."

The worse thing that could come of this is that: if you want a gun you need to join the militia.
The best thing is that things stay as they are. I suspect things will stay as they are.

I am an ordinary citizen.


  1. Yes, I'm sure things will stay as they are. That "right to bear arms" thing gets used a lot, but wasn't it put into the constitution at a time totally different from ours today? Who am I, though, to suggest gun control in the state of Maine? Perhaps I better run for the nearest

  2. I agree that the 'right to bear arms' was put in at a very different time of our nations history. After all, there is little threat of Indians leaving their casinos to go pillage a town, But I think it is still important for citizens to have 'arms' because it can, to some degree, keep some fighting power in the hands of the people.
    Imagine if only military were allowed to have weapons. How would the citizens of the country ever be able to re-gain control from a crazed overbearing government?

  3. Yes, that's true, Joe, and knowing this government anything could happen!

  4. Ironically if you start a "militia" the feds will be all over you. No group of people who was well armed has been massacred by their government that I know of. I also can not name a single tin hat dictatorship that has a well armed populace.