The Right to Keep and Bear Arms (2A) - The Second Amendment
Though the vast majority of Americans are totally ignorant of the fact, the Bill of Rights (the first 10 Amendments), like the Constitution itself, has a Preamble: “The conventions of a number of the States having at the time of their 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.”
The 2nd Amendment (hereinafter 2A) is one of those “further declaratory and restrictive clauses”. It declares in no uncertain terms that Americans have a right and a duty to possess the means for their personal defense of themselves, their families and property, and their liberties. As Patrick Henry stated, “The great object is that every man be armed” and “everyone who is able may have a gun.” (Patrick Henry, in the Virginia Convention on the ratification of the Constitution. Debates and other Proceedings of the Convention of Virginia, taken in shorthand by David Robertson of Petersburg, at 271, 275 2d ed. Richmond, 1805. Also 3 Elliot, Debates at 386)
USFA endorses these clear statements of right, and stands to defend the 2A in all times and all places it is threatened. The 2A is the one right in the Bill of Rights that gives the people the means to defend the other rights. The oaths many of us took demand nothing less. Americans are to be assumed to be “able” and innocent until proven otherwise, through the due process of law.
Further, ALL existing laws and regulations that in any way bind or inhibit the 2A must be stricken from the books, including (but not limited to) the myriad regulations of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Only criminals who have been adjudicated to be “prohibited possessors”, and the mentally ill who have been adjudicated as such through due process of law, and who have been shown to be a danger to themselves or others, should indeed be prohibited from possessing firearms.
Such people, who - if and when, through the legal process - have had their rights restored should be allowed unfettered freedom to exercise those rights once again.