Protecting Your Second Amendment Rights
Feb 8 -
Our Founding Fathers recognized that certain rights are inherent to all Americans, which is why they had the wisdom and foresight to draft the Constitution and the Bill of Rights – documents that were forged by life experiences in the fight for freedom and democracy against tyranny and oppression.
The Bill of Rights, composed of the first ten amendments to the Constitution, serves to protect the natural rights of liberty and property. Specifically, it guarantees our freedom of speech, freedom of religion, the right to due process, and a commitment to states rights that we all depend on and hold dear to this day. It also guarantees “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms.”
Since the Bill of Rights was ratified in 1791, our country has grown from 16 states with a total population of 3.8 million to 50 states with a total population of over 308 million. While the interpretation of these basic rights by the courts has changed over time, the fundamental rights guaranteed by our country’s first leaders remain just as strong.
In the wake of tragic and senseless acts of gun violence, attempts are often made to enact additional gun restrictions. The White House is currently leading the charge by taking executive actions and urging Congress to take legislative action to further restrict access to firearms.
There are currently thousands of federal, state, and local gun laws in place to prevent criminals from obtaining firearms. I do not believe in placing further restrictions on law-abiding citizens who legally own guns or who want to obtain them through legal means. The right to bear arms is no less sacred of a Constitutional right than freedom of speech, religion, or of the press.
We all want our communities to be safe places to live, work, learn, and play. As we work to prevent all tragic acts of violence from occurring in our communities, I believe we must better understand the role that mental illness plays in these senseless acts, and look at ways to help and support individuals suffering from mental illness and their families.
It will take everyone working together to find a solution that puts an end to senseless acts of violence. As a nation, our focus should be on preventing criminals from obtaining firearms by enforcing our existing gun laws, helping those who suffer from mental illness, and preserving the Constitutional rights of all Americans.