When Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Joe Manchin (D-WV), and certain Democrats in the House of Representatives, promise to push for more gun control in January 2013, they overlook four important words: "shall not be infringed."
These words form an integral phrase in the 2nd Amendment, and speak to our Founders' intent that the U.S. government not "infringe" on the peoples' God-given right to keep and bear arms.
Consider the text of the 2nd Amendment:
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.
As I've written in earlier posts, the 2nd Amendment does not create a right nor does it confer one. Rather, it hedges in a right with which we were "endowed by [our] Creator." When we understand this, it's easy to see that our Founders put this amendment in place to tell the government that the right to keep and bear arms is sacrosanct.
When Democrats push their gun control schemes in January -- if they actually follow through with the gun control schemes they've floated during the past week -- they must understand that they will be doing exactly what our Founders said they have no power to do. They will be infringing on a right that the Bill of Rights explicitly lists as off limits to inference by the federal government.
This is something the leftists running our academies don't want us to know, so it's something that many of us weren't taught and certainly something that our children don't hear -- even in U.S. history. Therefore, now more than ever, it is a truth that we must recover and one to which we must cling when answering the Democrats' pending gun-grabbing schemes.
Our Founders recognized the right to keep and bear arms as essential and God-given. Because of this, they hedged in this right by telling the government it "shall not be infringed."