The Right to Bear Arms
I believe the 2nd Amendment protects a citizen’s inalienable individual right to keep and bear arms. The 2nd Amendment clearly states the federal government does not have the authority to pass any laws that would infringe upon that right. I support the intent of the 2nd Amendment and will never vote for any legislation that would infringe upon an individual’s right to keep and bear arms.
An armed citizenry is a good deterrent to despotic government. That was the intent of the 2nd Amendment. Our founding fathers had an intimate understanding about despotism and tyrannical rule. When the 2nd Amendment was drafted, the war with England was fresh on their minds. During the war the British regularly confiscated the people’s arms in an attempt to thwart the colonists’ ability to fight. The founding fathers were students of history and knew all governments, even the one they were creating, had the ability to become tyrannical. To protect future generations from this threat, the founding fathers had the good foresight to include the right to keep and bear arms in the Bill of Rights as a deterrent to tyranny.
There are some who argue for limiting the rights of citizen’s to own or carry weaponry. They make claims that banning a certain rifle or reducing the magazine capacity of a pistol will somehow actually stop violence. It will not. There are currently laws that criminalize such activities as assault, battery and murder. Yet these activities still occur. Laws that criminalize the ownership of firearms will only penalize honest citizens. Criminals who will not follow the most basic laws against violence will surely not care about laws prohibiting them from using a firearm.
It is important that we control the narrative and educate our younger generations about the history, purpose, and need for the 2nd Amendment. Those who seek to undermine our Republic will continue to attempt to undermine the 2nd Amendment. I stand ready as a member of the National Rifle Association, life time member of the Arizona Citizens Defense League and as your next Congressman to fervently defend the 2nd Amendment for future generations.