David SimsEssays

The Second Amendment As It Is

by David Sims

HERE’S THE Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United 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.”

The first clause is explanatory, not definitive. The latter clause is the real meaning of the amendment. The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

But what does “infringed” mean?

Well, a fringe is the edge, or the border, of something. The dictionary definition is “an ornamental border consisting of short straight or twisted threads or strips hanging from cut or raveled edges or from a separate band” (Merriam Webster).

A prohibition of the infringement of a right means more than a prohibition of violating it does. It means that upon that right no shadow shall fall. Even the fringes, the outermost penumbra, of the right (e.g. the regulation of it or the taxing of it) are off-limits to legislative or executive management.

The Founders of the United States tried as mightily as they could to say that gun rights were — excepting only the freedoms of speech, press, assembly, and religion — the most important rights of all, and that they were never to be the subject of government supervision.

Upon the gun rights of good citizens should no shadow fall. That is what “shall not be infringed” means. Keeping and carrying guns is like going to church. The language in the Second Amendment means that no permission is needed, that no fees may be charged, and that no taxes may be laid.

* * *

Source: Author

Previous post

Sorry, Rush -- That's Not Capitalism

Next post

National Socialism: A Philosophical Appraisal

Subscribe
Notify of
guest
10 Comments
Oldest
Newest
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Mencken's Ghost
Mencken's Ghost
23 February, 2020 5:23 am

The protection of the Second Amendment is a mathematical function of demography like all other aspects of our life. The more Hispanics, Asians and Arabs are imported the more the Second Amendment will come under pressure. There was a good article a day ago on AmRen about how Hispanics are anti-liberty in virtually all aspects from gun ownership and freedom of speech all the way to property rights and free market principles. And yet moronic conservatives continue calling these unrestrained breeding stations “natural conservatives”. The idiocy has even spread to “libertarian” circles. Reason.com has been turned into a lunacy bin of raging leftists a long time ago. But even good platforms like the Mises Institute have become infested with egalitarians who spread their open borders for brownies nonsense in the… Read more »

Kenaz Othilla
Kenaz Othilla
Reply to  Mencken's Ghost
15 March, 2020 3:30 pm

(((Conservative Incorporated))) are our misfortune.

Seth
Seth
23 February, 2020 10:07 am

Screw your damn Constitution ! We are the JEWS. We kill when we want, we rape when we want, we steal when we want, and we WILL take all your guns and leave you completely helpless in the face of our approaching onslaught. We’ve had enough of you stupid Christians and your “God.” We are going to slaughter every last one of you, and we don’t care how long it takes for us to do this work ; WE WILL GET IT DONE. We got Australia and NZ’s guns, and soon we will have yours. Once you are disarmed, then you will begin to understand what the word TERROR really means. As Pinhead in Hellraiser said “We have such sights to show you.” Resistance is futile. We WILL rule the… Read more »

pj dooner
pj dooner
Reply to  Seth
23 February, 2020 3:26 pm

“Moscow fell, for example, not from a lack of weapons to defend it, but from the lying guile of the Reds. Ten thousand Reds took Moscow and were opposed only by some few hundreds of officer cadets and their instructors. Even then the battle was fierce and losses high. However, in the city alone, at that time, lived over 30,000 military officers (both active and retired), all with their own issued weapons and ammunition, plus tens of thousands of other citizens who were armed. The Soviets promised to leave them all alone if they did not intervene. They did not and for that were asked afterwards to come register themselves and their weapons: where they were promptly shot.”

https://www.pravdareport.com/opinion/123335-americans_guns/

Tank1488
Tank1488
Reply to  Seth
23 February, 2020 8:51 pm

Kvetch some more kike :^)

Kenaz Othilla
Kenaz Othilla
Reply to  Seth
15 March, 2020 3:33 pm

“You must understand, the leading Bolsheviks who took over Russia were not Russians. They hated Russians. They hated Christians. Driven by ethnic hatred they tortured and slaughtered millions of Russians without a shred of human remorse. It cannot be overstated. Bolshevism committed the greatest human slaughter of all time. The fact that most of the world is ignorant and uncaring about this enormous crime is proof that the global media is in the hands of the perpetrators.”
~ Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

cas
cas
Reply to  Kenaz Othilla
20 September, 2020 7:07 pm

Makes one wonder why Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn supports putin who himself is a jew or a jew supporter. It seems odd

Paul
Paul
23 February, 2020 12:01 pm

2nd amendment has become an idol to some , a threatening menace for others. It is incongruous to an indolent generation that , takes everything for granted and has been superseded with international ” rights” , who sell a utopia or lawless paradise cheaply for mindless compliance and conformity . All legislation today is illegitimate, disowning any congenial relation to inherent and natural laws. Once the First had been conceded , the churches , the press, media and the schools were arrogated by unopposed alien subversion . The second was not used when it was required . Will there be another chance? The lesson here is that if a people do not cherish the 1st , the 2nd will only be an inexplicable vestige of a people and culture ,… Read more »

Donald MacMullen
Donald MacMullen
27 February, 2020 11:47 am

We all see the writing on the wall. Join the National Alliance, Arm your self as much as LAWFULLY possible and lets work together to build a community. Help us build a new White World!

JM/Iowa
JM/Iowa
Reply to  Donald MacMullen
28 February, 2020 3:29 am

By doing the necessary tasks our people are desperately in need of together, our chances of surviving this deadly age is far greater than if each of us acts alone and in uncoordinated fashion. Therefore, I concur with your stance, DonnyMac.