Gun Advocates Rally Against Repeal of Michigan's "Stand Your Ground" Law

The degree of ignorance exhibited by some of our elected representatives can be truly appalling, particularly when it comes to U.S. history.

One of the current projects of politicians from the Left has been the restriction of the rights of law-abiding citizens to own guns, in violation of the Second Amendment to the Constitution.

Twisting and fabricating interpretations never meant by the Founders is a necessity for the success of that project.

Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Connecticut, is just the latest mouthpiece for taking away Americans’ rights. On Monday, he was discussing the movement among states to declare unconstitutional federal gun laws null and void, drawing unwarranted comparisons to the Civil War and thus, in his mind, to slavery.

Then he added, “I think history will look back on this round of nullification as kindly as it did on the last round. It is laughable also because it is a total bastardization of the Second Amendment. The Second Amendment is not an absolute right, not a God-given right. It has always had conditions upon it like the First Amendment has.

“The idea that the Second Amendment was put in there in order to allow citizens to fight their government is insane. If that was the case, we wouldn’t have also included treason in the United States constitution. … The Second Amendment is not designed to allow the citizenry to arm itself against the government, and nullification is another example of states not understanding the true nature of that amendment.”

But the senator is projecting his own confusion. The bedrock principle of America has always been that rights come from God: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights …” etc. For liberals, here’s a quick recap: Rights are granted by God to individuals, individuals grant authority to their government, government’s job is to preserve individual rights.

The current government has a vested interest in making you believe the opposite is true, that government grants you rights, that you must obey government, and God takes a back seat, never to appear in public. But if rights don’t come from God, then they aren’t “rights,” they’re just political favors.

As for the assertion that the Second Amendment was not put in the Constitution to allow citizens to take up arms against their government, the senator should acquaint himself with the Federalist Papers, No. 29, which addresses the idea of a “militia,” composed of all capable citizens, as called for in the Second Amendment.