Fuji Point and Shoot
Fuji Point and Shoot
The main reason I am posting this is because of the explanation of why the Second Amendment was put in place. Most people only see guns as a destructive force because the the media chooses to show you mostly negative stories with regard to them. I will reserve my thoughts on the media’s role in today’s society for another post and try to stay on the topic at hand. The importance of guns (arms) being explicitly spelled out was to ensure that a group of people could not come in here and force their will on us or exterminate us without the ability to protect ourselves. This includes our own government.
Here’s what the judge has to say….
Guns and Freedom – Anthony Napolitano
The right of the people to keep and bear arms is an extension of the natural right to self-defense and a hallmark of personal sovereignty. It is specifically insulated from governmental interference by the Constitution and has historically been the linchpin of resistance to tyranny. And yet, the progressives in both political parties stand ready to use the coercive power of the government to interfere with the exercise of that right by law-abiding persons because of the gross abuse of that right by some crazies in our midst.
When Thomas Jefferson wrote in the Declaration of Independence that we are endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights, he was marrying the nation at its birth to the ancient principles of the natural law that have animated the Judeo-Christian tradition in the West. Those principles have operated as a break on all governments that recognize them by enunciating the concept of natural rights.
As we have been created in the image and likeness of God the Father, we are perfectly free just as He is. Thus, the natural law teaches that our freedoms are pre-political and come from our humanity and not from the government, and as our humanity is ultimately divine in origin, the government, even by majority vote, cannot morally take natural rights away from us. A natural right is an area of individual human behavior — like thought, speech, worship, travel, self-defense, privacy, ownership and use of property, consensual personal intimacy — immune from government interference and for the exercise of which we don’t need the government’s permission.
Today, the limitations on the power and precision of the guns we can lawfully own not only violate our natural right to self-defense and our personal sovereignties; they assure that a tyrant can more easily disarm and overcome us.
The essence of humanity is freedom. Government — whether voted in peacefully or thrust upon us by force — is essentially the negation of freedom. Throughout the history of the world, people have achieved freedom when those in power have begrudgingly given it up. From the assassination of Julius Caesar to King John’s forced signing of the Magna Carta, from the English Civil War to the triumph of the allies at the end of World War II, from the fall of Communism to the Arab Spring, governments have permitted so-called nobles and everyday folk to exercise more personal freedom as a result of their demands for it and their fighting for it. This constitutes power permitting liberty.
The American experience was the opposite. Here, each human being is sovereign, as the colonists were after the Revolution. Here, the delegation to the government of some sovereignty — the personal dominion over self — by each American permitted the government to have limited power in order to safeguard the liberties we retained. Stated differently, Americans gave up some limited personal freedom to the new government so it could have the authority and resources to protect the freedoms we retained. Individuals are sovereign in America, not the government. This constitutes liberty permitting power.
But we did not give up any natural rights; rather, we retained them. It is the choice of every individual whether to give them up. Neither our neighbors nor the government can make those choices for us, because we are all without the moral or legal authority to interfere with anyone else’s natural rights. Since the government derives all of its powers from the consent of the governed, and since we each lack the power to interfere with the natural rights of another, how could the government lawfully have that power? It doesn’t. Were this not so, our rights would not be natural; they would be subject to the government’s whims.
To assure that no government would infringe the natural rights of anyone here, the Founders incorporated Jefferson’s thesis underlying the Declaration into the Constitution and, with respect to self-defense, into the Second Amendment. As recently as two years ago, the Supreme Court recognized this when it held that the right to keep and bear arms in one’s home is a pre-political individual right that only sovereign Americans can surrender and that the government cannot take from us, absent our individual waiver.
There have been practical historical reasons for the near universal historical acceptance of the individual possession of this right. The dictators and monsters of the 20th century — from Stalin to Hitler, from Castro to Pol Pot, from Mao to Assad — have disarmed their people, and only because some of those people resisted the disarming were all eventually enabled to fight the dictators for freedom. Sometimes they lost. Sometimes they won.
The principal reason the colonists won the American Revolution is that they possessed weapons equivalent in power and precision to those of the British government. If the colonists had been limited to crossbows that they had registered with the king’s government in London, while the British troops used gunpowder when they fought us here, George Washington and Jefferson would have been captured and hanged.
We also defeated the king’s soldiers because they didn’t know who among us was armed, because there was no requirement of a permission slip from the government in order to exercise the right to self-defense. (Imagine the howls of protest if permission were required as a precondition to exercising the freedom of speech.) Today, the limitations on the power and precision of the guns we can lawfully own not only violate our natural right to self-defense and our personal sovereignties; they assure that a tyrant can more easily disarm and overcome us.
The historical reality of the Second Amendment’s protection of the right to keep and bear arms is not that it protects the right to shoot deer. It protects the right to shoot tyrants, and it protects the right to shoot at them effectively, thus, with the same instruments they would use upon us. If the Jews in the Warsaw ghetto had had the firepower and ammunition that the Nazis did, some of Poland might have stayed free and more persons would have survived the Holocaust.
Most people in government reject natural rights and personal sovereignty. Most people in government believe that the exercise of everyone’s rights is subject to the will of those in the government. Most people in government believe that they can write any law and regulate any behavior, not subject to the natural law, not subject to the sovereignty of individuals, not cognizant of history’s tyrants, but subject only to what they can get away with.
Did you empower the government to impair the freedom of us all because of the mania and terror of a few?
Andrew P. Napolitano, a former judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey, is the senior judicial analyst at Fox News Channel.
Finally, something I can agree with this administration on. We have had the technology for decades to make this happen. It’s time the American people get a little relief from the their captors, namely big oil and the auto industry. We’ve been held hostage by these blood-suckers way too long.
My dad used to tell me a penny saved is a penny earned. The guy in the story above surely enjoyed paying his final mortgage payment with those little copper coins. Still, paying his $620 mortgage pales in comparison to former NASCAR driver Rusty Wallace presenting 500,000 pennies to NASCAR (Bill France, President) for a $5,000 fine levied against him for cussing on the radio in 1997. And people say a penny isn’t worth anything anymore.
The Supreme Court has decided now lets just move on. I love it. Squeeze a little more out of the working folks in this country. Economy is in the tank. Gas prices are so volatile that you don’t know whether you will spend $100 or $150 a week to get to work. Unemployment still hovers above 8%. Illegal immigrants are welcomed in with open arms while dumbing down our children and getting free healthcare. Lets stifle this country just a bit more by hiding taxes in a bill that the working half of this country doesn’t even want. I know all of us find it amazing that these taxes take effect just after the election of the Conspirator and Chief. I’ll cut this rant off early because it’s just pissing me off more!
Here’s a shocker! A government policy intended to “help the people” that will place even more burden on the people that actually pay taxes. If you think that any corporation in the country will not do this, you’re nuts. It will only take one or two and the rest will follow. Loving this change.
You mean to tell me that this “Affordable” Care bill is going to cost approximately three times the amount they told us it would. It shocks me that GOP lawmakers told us that the cost would be more than the liber-tards promised. “Budget watchdogs note that before the bill passed into law, Republicans warned the price tag was bound to go up”. It’s okay because the Democrats “Hope” (sound familiar?) the price will go down someday. “It’s all private sector options, and we hope they compete against each other to get prices down,” said Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Tenn.” Congress, in it’s infinite wisdom, has a cure for covering the cost though so don’t worry. “CBO predicts the law will actually reduce the deficit because it increases the income from a range of tax increases and penalties on individuals (there’s your “Change”), employers and insurance companies”. At what point will we, as the working class in this country, decide that enough is enough and put officials in place that will work for us. That is the way the system is intended to work. I think everyone should pay 10% regardless of what you make and if you’re one of the many with your hand out, you have a limited time to receive the freebies. Once your time is up, you better be getting a job or your family will starve. Their is work out their for those that are not too “good” to dig a ditch or flip a burger. Ten percent is all God asks for, why should the government need more than that?
I can’t imagine what these parents must have felt when they heard the news. We send our kids to school in the morning without a thought of something like this happening. My prayers go out to the affected families and especially families of the injured and the family of the shooter.
This was an interesting article about one company thinking outside the box to solve a problem while using existing facilities instead of expanding their “footprint”. Good work Google.