Why our Second Amendment Rights are So Important Today.
One of three men charged with using a gun stolen from a police officer to kill a San Francisco man last month reportedly was an illegal immigrant who was being monitored by U.S. immigration officials.
This is exactly why I am against Sanctuary States and Cities. We have enough criminals running the streets. It is a wonder why so many Americans are arming themselves and fighting for their second amendment rights. There was a day where I could walk the streets and feel comfortable that my life and freedom was secure. I never had a thought about someone trying to kill me or my family. With the open borders from the past administrations we now have to worry about criminals that have escaped other countries with the specific intent to harm Americans. The worry does not start with just illegal immigrants either. It has been the norm to allow violent protests, looting and civic unrest across the United States because the police are afraid to uphold the law. The liberal teachings of the past four decades have allowed the American decency to deteriorate. The make believe from Hollywood, cgi graphics and special effects that are on the television and movie screens today depict that violence is okay, and that really nobody gets hurt. There could be nothing further from the truth.
Our Second Amendment Rights are more important today than in any other time in U.S. History.
Constitutional Expert Rod Martin talks about our rights to defend ourselves.
First, Christians generally believe (and historic Anglo-American jurisprudence assumes) that the right of self-defense is included within the rights to life, liberty and property, and that those rights come from God and are contained in Scripture. In an age where all attackers must be presumed to have firearms and a large percentage of them actually do, many Christians therefore believe that it is inherent to that right of self-defense that every individual be able to possess and use such weapons to defend those rights.
Second, the Declaration of Independence makes an exceedingly strong theological point when it states that it is a “self-evident” truth that “all” people are “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness….”
It is worth noting here that “unalienable” is not a synonym of “inalienable”: the latter is something no one may take away from you; the former is something you may not even give up yourself. “Unalienable” means that it is part of one’s nature in such a way as to be inseparable from the meaning of personhood.
It is also worth noting that this is language is obviously an expression of Christian thinking: there weren’t a lot of Muslims or Hindus in Philadelphia, and atheists don’t make a habit of citing a Creator’s acts as the linchpin of their entire political philosophy, one on which they are about to stake their “lives, fortunes and sacred honor” on the field of battle with a King commanding the greatest military force on the planet. It is certainly true that Jefferson was no orthodox believer, but he was crafting language for a room that was filled with them: he was not at liberty to act on his own.
So the belief in a God-given right to keep and bear arms stems also from America’s founding document, which in addition to asserting these “self-evident” “unalienable” rights, goes on to state clearly just what degree of self-defense is bound up within them: the right of private citizens to take up arms not merely against a deer or a criminal or an Indian raid but even against a King whom they determine to be acting unjustly.
There are any number of Christians who would question that last belief, citing particularly Romans 13 against it (and you can see my World Magazine article “” in relation to that point). But they are a distinct minority in American Christianity, and in America generally, as expressed not only in the writings and beliefs of the Founding Fathers but in those of earlier thinkers who influenced them like Samuel Rutherford, whose classic Lex Rex (which means “the law is king,” a direct assault on the then-current belief “rex lex,” or “the king is the law,” the sort of absolutism embodied in Louis XIV and his famed position that “I am the state”) was a seminal work advocating the right and duty of lesser magistrates (such as the people’s assembled representatives in Philadelphia) to defend the people, even by force of arms, against tyrants.
All of that brings us back to arms. The Second Amendment is not about hunting. It is about retaining the ability to resist tyranny and about the right of self-defense, whether against armies or individuals. The widespread American belief that this right is God-given — like the rights to life and liberty — is rooted in an intellectual and jurisprudential tradition that goes back at least five centuries and serves as the foundation of the American Revolution and the formation of the American Republic. It is not some latter-day, fringe thought.