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The People Print
Thursday, 20 September 2007
 

Below you will find the Bill of Rights for the United States of America.  Please read and note the words that I have highlighted.  I'll explain after it is read.   Choose read more to read my actual comments. 


 

 
           THE BILL OF RIGHTS
Amendments 1-10 of the Constitution

The Conventions of a number of the States having, at the time of adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added, and as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government will best insure the beneficent ends of its institution;

Resolved, by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, two-thirds of both Houses concurring, that the following articles be proposed to the Legislatures of the several States, as amendments to the Constitution of the United States; all or any of which articles, when ratified by three-fourths of the said Legislatures, to be valid to all intents and purposes as part of the said Constitution, namely:

Amendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

Amendment II

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.

Amendment III

No soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

Amendment IV

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Amendment V

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

Amendment VI

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.

Amendment VII

In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise reexamined in any court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

Amendment VIII

Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

Amendment IX

The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

Amendment X

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.

 


 

The People

 

Our founding fathers had great foresight and were well educated people.  When they joined together to set up our government, they studied governments from the past.  They looked at what made them great; what made them fall; what made them unique; what made them successful or not.  They took information from  governments of the past to help create our country.  These men recognized that in the past, governments were either too weak and fell to others or too powerful and would become corrupt with power.  They set out to make a government of the people, for the people, run by the people.  Many states were afraid of a national government because of the oppression that often occurs by such an entity.  They had just won their freedom from the oppressive British government and were not sure about signing a document forming a government that could do the same thing.  Realizing the lack of faith from ordinary people, our founding fathers produced the first ten amendments to permanently protect the rights of the people from the government.  After the amendments now known as the Bill Of Rights were added, states had little problem ratifying the constitution.

  

In five of the first ten amendments to our constitution the words "the people" appear.  First, lets look at four of them.  

 

Amendment 1 -   Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

 

Now it is crystal clear that "the people" refers to ordinary citizens of the United States.  There really can be no other explanation than ordinary citizens.  Ordinary people in the US may express themselves freely.  

 

 

Amendment 4 -   The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

 

Again we see the people being referred to as ordinary citizens.  Ordinary people have a right to be safe in the US.

 

 

Amendment 9 -   The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

 

This amendment refers to the fact that the people have other rights not listed in the constitution and that because they are not listed, it does not mean they do not exist.  Again… “the people” meaning ordinary citizens of the US.

 

 

Amendment 10 -   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.

 

Here we see that certain "powers" are given to the United States Government.  For those powers not listed in the Constitution, the states or the people possess those powers.   Now  notice, the US government, the State Governments, and The People are all mentioned,  of course, there is no other explanation for the definition of "The People" other than the ordinary citizens of the United States.

 

So, as you can see in these 4 amendments, "The People" ALWAYS refers to ordinary citizens.  Not once in these four amendments can it be taken any other way.  "The People" refer to ordinary citizens of the US.  There is no doubt!

 

 

 

Now, here comes the point of my rant.

 

 

Amendment 2 -   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.

 

Here we once again see the term "The People."   Now, the first part of the amendment mentions a well-regulated militia.  Liberals want to take that phrase and change the meaning of "the people" to make it refer to the state.  Lets look at the definition of militia...

 

 Militia - An army composed of ordinary citizens rather than professional soldiers.

 

In all definitions the term militia refers to citizens that can be called to duty if needed.  Militias are ordinary citizens.  An argument can be made that our state militia is the National Guard.  That's fine but it is still ordinary citizens.

 

The term "the people" has been argued that it refers to the militia.  Well, since the militia is ordinary citizens... what's the point?  Liberals want to change the definition to take away the right of the people to own guns.  Here is the thing... the same Founding Fathers that wrote "the people" in the other four amendments wrote it in the second amendment also.  These were smart men.  They studied and set things up for success.  If these men used the term "the people" in four other amendments referring to ordinary citizens, why would they use it to refer to "the state" in another?  Nowhere do they refer to the state as the people.  The people are just that... the people of the United States of America.  Like it or not, the people mean the people and they have a right to keep and bear arms!

 

"Shall Not"  - Now this is a powerful and definitive term.  In our Constitution, the term "Shall" means WILL.  Not may; not can; not could; not should; not might; it means WILL.  So the term, "Shall Not" means just that...  Shall NOT; Will NOT; Can NOT; is NOT to be infringed on.  

 

So, as you can see, the founding fathers set up the ordinary people of the Unites States of America to have rights and freedoms that can not be taken away.   With-in these rights, is the right to own guns.  It does not spell out for hunting, sport, or any other reason... just that you can have them.  There were no limitations at all.

 

We could get extreme on this issue and use this to prove any gun law is illegal.... which technically should be correct.  No reasonable person would normally go to that extreme.  There are people who should never have guns.  People who are mentally incapable of handling the responsibility, children, and criminals come to mind.  The thing is, when left wing nut jobs try to attack fundamental American rights, you have to go back to the beginning.  We ALL have the right to own a gun.  There is NO other way to read this.   All of the laws that have been made to "control" guns all "infringe" on the rights of Americans to own and keep a gun.  This by definition is unconstitutional.

As you can tell, I believe that we have the right to have guns.  If guns are taken away, only the criminals will have them.  It has been shown time and time again that in states where the gun laws are the toughest, the crime tends to be higher.  In states where the gun laws are the most lenient, the crime tends to go down.  Wake up people, this is not rocket science!

 

There is also the matter of security.  Not to long ago a former Russian General was interviewed.  He revealed that Russia had discussed the invasion of the US but it was completely dismissed due to the fact that most Americans at the time possessed guns and there was no army on earth that could fight the military on one side and every citizen on the other.  The fact that American's own guns has actually deterred our enemies for years.  Now, as we face our greatest enemy of all time in the extremist, we cannot start to give up our arms for protection.  As liberals attempt to change our government, these people will start to come here more and more.  If we cannot protect ourselves, we are done for.

 

Our Founding Fathers had vision.  They set our country up to be successful... and it has been for over 200 years.  Now, we the people are facing a period in time where many of us are willing to give up the rights that we hold so dearly.  These rights are being taken away and given to the government.  History has shown that when the government has too much power, they grow corrupt and eventually collapse or is taken over.  We cannot let that happen.  The founding fathers of this great country set us up for success.... why change it now?  This goes for all of our rights, not just the ones pertaining to guns... not just the ones you agree with... not with the ones you like... but ALL of them! 

 
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