District 2 Libertarian Candidate for Congress
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I'm all for gun control - by free citizens making their own choices. Private citizens have managed to control their own guns just fine, with both hands, pursuant to USC Title 10 subtitle A Part I Chapter B section 311(2). They provide themselves better training for the defense of their own lives and property than the government ever could. Aside from the vast majority of Americans being part of, near, around, related to, and in many cases protected first by the militia, this is why the right to bear arms shall not be infringed. Period.
The Second Amendment says:
"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"
There's also the Ninth Amendment, which bars government from construing its Constitutional powers to disparage individuals or states from excising any of their rights. It reads:
"The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people"
The Tenth Amendment then shackles the federal government from using any power not specifically delegated to it by the remainder of the document. It reads:
"The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people"
So even if you asked your government to limit guns, it could not. Any official or civil servant attempting to so do becomes guilty of violating their oath to uphold and defend the US Constitution.
Police rarely stop violent crimes in progress. This is your country. If you don't defend it, no one will. This is why people buy guns in a republic. We are a constitutional republic, not a "democracy" where popular consensus can deny anyone some or all of their rights. A democracy is unsustainable, as so many rights are eroded that it must be secured through a dictatorship upon reaching a critical mass. According to Jefferson, a democracy is two wolves and a sheep voting on what's for dinner.
Government cannot vote away rights, which are conferred upon oneself with entry into this world. Likewise, government cannot bar you from using your rights to fulfill your responsibilities, including self defense.
The facts are clear. Gangs don't check serial numbers or go through background checks before a drive by shooting. Assassins don't care if their rifle has a flash suppressor, telescoping stock, pistol grip, 60 round magazine or bayonet. School shooters don't care whether guns are allowed in schools or not. The same people in Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington DC or New York City will never care no matter how restrictive gun laws are.
Criminals have no difficulty bringing guns into these "gun free" zones. If the government told you to put yourself at great personal risk in such a way to give criminals the sole monopoly of force, would you?
Democrats and Republicans have written victim disarmament laws to place you at great personal risk. I won't.