Ever since I turned 18, I have always thought to myself that the one thing I would do is to own a gun and, of course, get a carry/conceal permit. However either money or time has been an issue. I always thought there was plenty of time.
However after seeing the raise of the Occupy Wall Street movement all over the place, I am now regreting the fact that I don't have one and I can't afford a gun right now.
First let's look at the Second Amendment (this is more for you gun-control socialists of Occupy Wall Street than for you vast right-wing conspiracy people):
"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."
Well Regulated Militia
The problem with language (one that will only get worse with time, I'm afraid) is that words lose their meaning and then get placed some where else. Take the word "Gay" for example. At first it meant someone was happy or odd. It had nothing to do with homosexuality.
While the meaning may have change, intent has not. Federalist No. 29 makes it clear that "Militia" is anyone who can pick up a gun and can defend.
I'm also happy to announce that the U.S. Supreme Court in District of Columbia v. Heller defined "regulated" as not government regulation as we know it today, but meaning "disciplined" or "trained". I honestly think everyone should be disciplined/trained to used firearms, whether or not they want to own a gun/rifle. When I went through basic trainning in the Army, I found using the M-16 very easy dispite my initial apprehensions of not ever using a rifle before. However I was not just given the gun and told to fire it, I was given instrution to respect its deadly nature and trained throughly on how to use it.
So the meaning and intent of "A Well Regulated Militia" has been vetted, even by the U.S. Supreme Court.
The Right Of The People
Again, Justice Antonin Scalia put to rest the meaning and intent of this clause of the secound amendment:
Nowhere else in the Constitution does a "right" attributed to "the people" refer to anything other than an individual right. What is more, in all six other provisions of the Constitution that mention "the people," the term unambiguously refers to all members of the political community, not an unspecified subset. This contrasts markedly with the phrase "the militia" in the prefatory clause. As we will describe below, the "militia" in colonial America consisted of a subset of "the people" - those who were male, able bodied, and within a certain age range. Reading the Second Amendment as protecting only the right to "keep and bear Arms" in an organized militia therefore fits poorly with the operative clause’s description of the holder of that right as "the people".
I could not have put it better myself.
Of course the progressive left loves to give rights only to subsets of people. This is why we have affirmative action* and hate crimes*. If they can define "the people" only for certain people, then only certain people can have rights. Limiting people rights is one way of controling people and they know this for a fact. Communism and socialism are not about the rights of the people, they are about control through goverment.
I am not a slave to no man or government, not even to my own.
Keep And Bear Arms
Justice Antonin Scalia, once again in District of Columbia v. Heller, puts it better than me the part of the secound amendment:
Before addressing the verbs "keep" and "bear," we interpret their object: "Arms." The term was applied, then as now, to weapons that were not specifically designed for military use and were not employed in a military capacity. Thus, the most natural reading of "keep Arms" in the Second Amendment is to "have weapons." At the time of the founding, as now, to "bear" meant to "carry." In numerous instances, "bear arms" was unambiguously used to refer to the carrying of weapons outside of an organized militia. Nine state constitutional provisions written in the 18th century or the first two decades of the 19th, which enshrined a right of citizens "bear arms in defense of themselves and the state" again, in the most analogous linguistic context-that "bear arms" was not limited to the carrying of arms in a militia. ... Rather, they (the petitioners, District of Columbia) manufacture a hybrid definition, whereby "bear arms" connotes the actual carrying of arms (and therefore is not really an idiom) but only in the service of an organized militia. No dictionary has ever adopted that definition, and we have been apprised of no source that indicates that it carried that meaning at the time of the founding.
For once, the true function of the U.S. Supreme Court comes through** and it came through on the side of right. They clearly stated that the individual right of the veried people in the United States allows us to carry arms to protect themselves and our country. Admiral Yamamoto was understandably fearful of invading the United States for this one reasona lone: There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.
Occupy Wall Street
Should I be fearful of Occupy Wall Street? Maybe, maybe not.
Still, the anti-Semitic and socialist fever of the Occupy Wall Street movement fills me with sense of dread. I hate to invoke Godwin's Law already, but isn't this how Nazi Germany started?
Think about it. First you have an economic crisis (Great Depression/Great Recession), then you find and demonize a scapegoat (Jews/Rich People), and finally then you bring down the current system with violent means (Reichstagsbrand/Occupy Wall Street?***). The American Nazi Party declared its full support for Occupy Wall Street. They must see something we don't. So while we could easily dismissed Occupy Wall Street as a movement, we really shouldn't. Nor should we be sympathetic with them at any level.
I hope I am wrong. I hope Occupy Wall Street fizzles out this winter. Still, I personally regret that I cannot afford a gun right now. They are not that far away from me and thus I am not beyond being effected. I do not wish to go out and kill anyone, but only to protect myself and those around me.
*I can spend all day and night on this subject, but I'll leave that fot another post.
**Again, I can on and on with this subject.