The Role of Firearms
by Ezra Child
Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself.
They are the American people's liberty teeth and keystone under independence. The church, the prairie wagon and the citizen's firearm are indelibly related.
From the hour the Pilgrims landed, to the present day, events, occurences, and tendencies prove to insure peace, security, and happiness, the rifle and pistol are equally indespensable.
Every corner of this land knows firearms, and more than 99 99/100 percent of them by their silenndicate they are in safe and sane hands.
The very atmosphere of firearms, anywhere and everywhere restrains evil interference - they deserve ace of honor with all that's good.
WHEN FIREARMS GO, ALL GOES - WE NEED THEM EVERY HOUR.
-- President George Washington, address to the Second Session, First United States Congress
It was very clear what President Washington had in mind when he wrote that last passage. In hise they had fought a revolutionary war, in his time they had vast frontiers, in his time they had agrus outlaws, in his time they had a new government that needed to be kept safe.
We know very well that he had no foresight and couldn't see our time. All the reasons we don't guns, and all the reasons we do. In our time we have highly urbanized cities full of people of vr ocial, ethnic and moral standings, in our time we have huge gangs and drug dealers, in our agewehae iots and chaos in the streets, in our time we have natural disasters capable of wiping out hol ciies in our time we have at times an uncertain government.
I believe that what he said has the same meaning and impact today as it did yesterday, differente, sometimes different circumstances but same need.
Our Constitution and the rights there-in were under constant attack from day one. I know that oight to bear arms still is a need even in today's society, especially in today's society. Most pol on't agree, they think that because technology has increased along with the standard of livingsiceth drawing up of this amendment, we no longer have a need for something like this. Guns havekep ths ntion free, guns have also protected our citizen's lives since before the birth of this ntion bot of hich our first Congress took into consideration and understood. I do feel that we ned firarms n oursociety. The police are not always going to be by our side, number one, its not teir jo, and umber wo, they simply are unable to. We the people from time to time will need the scurity nd protction o a firearm, although society has made flying leaps progress wise, it has notchanged uman natre or th free agency to choose from right and wrong. There, since the birth of mn have ben violentoppositio between good and evil, the innocent have and always will need some fom of protetion.
Through the judicial system through the past years we see how our nation has set its standards oe Second Amendment. The first Supreme Court ruling occurred in 1876. Chief Justice Morrison R. at aid the right "of bearing arms for a lawful purpose is not a right granted by the Constitution, orisit any manner dependent upon that instament for its existence" The case (U.S. v. Cruishank esablsh wo principles: First, the Second Amendment does not afford an individual right to bear ams (s ditinc from an individual's participation in a collective body of a militia), second, the Scond mendmnt isnot legally "incorporated"-that is, does not apply to the states through the due pocess nd equl protction clause of the 14th Amendment. Since the Second Amendment is not incorported thejudgemet is let up to the state and any infringement of the right is not a federal offense Most o our Amedments ae incorporated, and their word protected by federal law. Why hasn't thisAmendmentbeen incoporated? Why when the Second Amendment clearly states "the right of the people o keep andbear arms,shall not e infringed", well surprise! It seems that according to our Congres, bearing he objects hat keep usfree, and upholding our fore-father's wishes is not needed. Accrding to the freedom isnt important. It's a fact if you let someone step on you once they will undoubtedly do it again. The erosion ne amendment will inevitably lead to others. We cannot allow something like this to happen, withu iking future infringements on our rights, possibly in the near future.