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Second Amendment

“Whenever there is a gun massacre, statists inevitably respond that it’s time to repeal the Second Amendment. The idea is that if the Second Amendment is gone, so will be the right to own guns in the United States. There is just one big problem with that position: It’s wrong. The Second Amendment, like the First Amendment, doesn’t give anyone any rights. Instead, it prohibits the federal government from infringing on rights that are natural and God-given and that preexist government.” – Jacob G. Hornberger

I fully support our right to self defense, in fact I believe in the entire bill of rights, and if elected will work to restore these rights to the American people.

More gun control will only make us less secure. Thomas Jefferson has stated:

“Laws that forbid the carrying of arms… disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes… Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man. “

In 1775 the British army under the command of Lt. Col. Francis Smith attempted to confiscate the arms of colonists. This action was met with rebellion, leading to the Revolutionary War. Gun control desecrates the memory of the many veterans who fought for our right to carry arms.

“No free government was ever founded, or ever preserved its liberty, without uniting the characters of citizen and soldier in those destined for the defense of the State. Such are a well regulated Militia, composed of the freeholders, citizen, and husbandman; who take up arms to preserve their property, as individuals, and their rights as freemen.”
–James Madison, United States Congress, Bill of Rights Ratification, 1779

More gun control is a potentially very dangerous direction to take. There have been countless episodes of democide (murder by government) that was preceded by confiscation of weapons. Outright genocides that have occurred in China, Guatemala, Uganda, Germany, and Cambodia started with gun prohibitions and confiscations. When the Khmer Rouge took power in Cambodia, soldiers went from house to house knocking on doors. They would explain to the people “We are here now to protect you, … and no one has a need for a weapon any more.” Shortly after 2 million Cambodians were murdered.

 

Despite the media misinformation, gun violence is way down. According to FBI statistics, in 1993 there were 7.0 firearm deaths per 100,000 people, in 2016 this has dropped to only 3.4 firearm deaths occurred per 100,000 people. Which is still 3.4 firearm deaths per 100,000 people too many. So how do we as a society keep on reducing deaths by firearms? Certainty not by making the ownership of firearms more difficult for law abiding citizens who are exercising their constitutional right according to the Second Amendment.