The Right to Bear Arms Has Nothing to Do With Wearing a Short-Sleeve Shirt – The WOW of the Second Amendment

May 8, 2012


Oftentimes, a synergy occurs that cannot be denied.  In discussing the front cover of this week’s edition, the idea of the Second Amendment was brought up as the page two topic.  Not all news weeks are equal. Sometimes there are a hundred stories and other times there are none – not hard news, anyway.  So, the question becomes what do we put on the cover during the slower news cycles?

The Constitution is always big, because, for many politically-minded people, these rights are being eroded every day.  And, whether real or imagined, it drives their voting habits and their thought processes.  They view any government that would try to control their right to own a gun, as a government that cannot be trusted.

Well, lo and behold, what was waiting on “ye olde” email?  A message from God, for sure.  A digital miracle.  A gift from a dear friend.

And, what would this miracle of biblical proportions be?  A message on gun control – the answer to all of this week’s problems – coming through the post-modern medium, like a bullet in the night (pun intended).

The body of the message was intriguing, and went like this:

Attorney General Holder says, “WE HAVE NO RIGHT TO POSSESS GUNS.”


Guess they were not happy with the poll results the first time, so USA Today is running another one…Vote now…

Attorney General Eric Holder has already said this is one of his major issues. He does not believe the 2nd Amendment gives individuals the right to bear arms. This takes literally 2 clicks to complete. Please vote on this gun issue question with USA Today. Then, pass the link on to all the pro-gun folks you know. Hopefully these results will be published later this month. This upcoming year will become critical for gun owners with the Supreme Court’s accepting the District of Columbia case against the right for individuals to bear arms.

Here’s what you need to do:

First – vote.

Second- launch it to other folks, then we will see if the results get published.

Click to vote: click link below

I clicked the link and voted (yes, I think the Second Amendment gives us the right to own guns.  That’s what my daddy taught me.)  To no one’s surprise – certainly not to me – the vote totals were overwhelming.  Of the 10,752,497 people who voted, 97% voted “yes”,  2% voted “no”, and 1% of the respondents, who are too confused to understand that voting in a poll, when you don’t have an opinion, is a colossal waste of time, voted “undecided”.  God Bless them!

So, where is the confusion?  Is it in gun ownership?  Is it in government control?  Is it simply in the citizens’ responsibility to be safe gun owners, or is it making sure we all receive due process under the law?

Whatever the case, the Second Amendment receives lots of attention.  It is one of the “BIG DADDY” amendments, along with the 1st, 4th, 5th, 13th, 14th, and 15th.  These freedoms can start either a debate or a fight, depending on the situation.  Make no mistake – not all amendments are created equally.

No one is fired up about the 3rd Amendment – “Prohibiting the forced quartering of soldiers out of war time.”  In Columbus, the citizens feel a commitment to help the Columbus Air Force Base that is unparalleled in most communities.  If the base were suddenly overflowing with personnel, many people in this community would welcome the soldiers into their home, with no hesitation.

The topic of guns is different. It is a “hot button” and “deal-breaker”.  Right or wrong, it drives a lot of politics.

Prior to the latest poll, the following results were gathered from USA Today/Gallup:

Do you believe the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees the rights of Americans to own guns, or does it only guarantee members of state militias, such as National Guard units, the right to own guns?

  Right of all Americans Only state militias
All adults 73% 20%
Gun owners 91% 6%
Non-Gun owners 63% 28%

Source: USA TODAY/Gallup Poll of 1,016 adults, Feb. 8-10. Margin of error for all adults: ±3 percentage points; for gun owners: ±6 points; for non-gun owners: ±4 points; Julie Snider, USA TODAY

Without the push from the internet and pro-gun groups, Americans still overwhelmingly believe that the Second Amendment is in support of private citizens owning guns.  It is what many Americans have been taught, and that belief is not going to die very soon.

What may be the more important question is how and when do people’s rights have to be restricted, for the safety of the community?  Most people want the simple balance of having the right to own certain guns.  They do not, however, advocate people owning tanks or machine guns.  The citizenry wants rules on when and where you can use firearms, and they understand that, with gun ownership, comes an awesome responsibility.

And, most of all, folks want strong laws that ensure that when people use guns to commit crimes, they are punished.  Violent crime should be the focus of all police departments and prosecutors.  Period. No debate.  The rest of it is window dressing and busy work.

In the final analysis, however, Americans should view every amendment with a jealous eye.  If the government can change the meaning of the Second Amendment, where will it end?  Freedom of the press? Search and seizure?  Civil rights?

Once a single right is nullified, when do the others come under attack?  As Benjamin Franklin so famously said, “Those who desire to give up freedom in order to gain security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.”

Rules to ensure our safety are important, and some gun restrictions will always apply.  Let’s keep the rules in focus, without giving up our rights.  Even if the government doesn’t think we have them.

Joseph St. John

Mr. MoJo Rising

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One Comment on “The Right to Bear Arms Has Nothing to Do With Wearing a Short-Sleeve Shirt – The WOW of the Second Amendment”

  1. KJ Says:

    The 2nd Amendment protects the right to bear arms, it doesn’t give or grant it. Additionally, the Holder quote is never sourced.


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