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Gun Rights

May 13, 2009

The problem here is that the meanings of words change. Gay meant something far different in 1920 than it does now. My grandfather used to tell me what a “gay blade” he was. I used to think that he really should not brag about that.

Many people swear by the King James version (KJ) of the Bible but do they really know what they are swearing by. A very learned man once told me that the New International Version (NIV) was a more correct translation. I thought this was strange coming from such an educated man of God since I had been raised on KJ, by him. When I questioned him about this he explained that the NIV was recently translated from the original scriptures by people who not only spoke and wrote the original languages fluently but also had studied the time periods during which they were written. I found this strange. So, I questioned him on why it would be so important the translators had studied the time when certain scriptures were written. He replied with that same sentence, ‘The meanings of words change.”

You’re probably wondering, “Gay? Bible? Where is this guy going with this?” Well, when the Constitution was written words, such as “regulated” and “militia”, had a different meaning than they do today. They did not have a national guard or standing army, Thomas Jefferson said when speaking of banks, “I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies…”. More dangerous than standing armies? What do you suppose he meant by that? Militia did not have the evil stigma attached like it does today. The militia of the day was the local farmer, baker, blacksmith, banker, and handyman grabbing their guns and heading to the fair grounds for a drill. Regulated meant functioning and well regulated, as stated in the Constitution meant functioning well.

As you can see the framers of the Constitution meant for the people to keep firearms and practice with them. Thomas Jefferson said, “No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.” He also said, “The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.”

Study these things. Look into it. But don’t take too long. A serious assault on your right to keep and bear arms is HR 45, Blair Holt’s Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act. It has only been introduced  at this time but it needs to be killed. It has several unconstitutional sections but some highlights are; mandates licensing of all firearms, registration and safe storage (it provides for inspection so you get to surrender your fourth amendment rights as well), and to top off your felony status you must inform the federal government if you change addresses.

Look into this now, and nag your representatives constantly until it is dead. Owning a firearm is not a luxury like owning a car or a motorcycle. It is a right. One that “shall not be infringed”.