The Second Amendment Primer

Found here: by Andrew G. Benjamin

Let’s ask this of you who continue to insist after the District of Columbia v Heller ruling that the 2nd Amendment did not mean an individual right to bear arms…that it meant a “collective right” attached to a militia:

Which amendment in the Bill of Rights grants any civil or human right not pre-existing the constitution itself?

Do you believe that without a piece of paper—any piece of paper – you never had civil and human rights?

Human rights are moral principles or norms,[1] that describe certain standards of human behavior… regularly protected as legal rights in municipal and international law.[2] They are commonly understood as inalienable[3] fundamental rights “to which a person is inherently entitled simply because she or he is a human being,”[4] … “inherent in all human beings”[5]regardless of their nation, location, language, religion, ethnic origin or any other status.[3WIKIPEDIA

“In addition to the Declaration of Independence, which reflects the Framers’ philosophical premises but does not have the force of law, the Constitution itself repeatedly refers to pre-existing rights.

The First Amendment does not say, “The people shall have a right to freedom of speech.” It says, “Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech.” Likewise with “the right of the people to keep and bear arms” and “the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures.”

These are not rights the government creates; they are pre-existing rights the government is bound to respect.

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