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Introduction: The gun 1st appeared in Europe\'s literature in 1326. It evolved into a mechanical tool as no other tool before it, it incorporated different materials like wood and metal, it also involved physics, chemistry and had ignition. Thus, making the gun the foundation of modern technology, not to mention the fact it gave America its freedom."The shot that was heard around the World" April 19,1775.
In 1689 the English Bill of Rights, was passed by Parliament in responsed to King James II trying to disarm his subjects. The English Bill of Right allowed the people to be armed "suitable to their condition"
and "allowed by law." This Right was then transfered to the American colonies, and after the American
Revolution, our Bill of Rights of 1791, further strengthed the Right to Bear Arms with the words "the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."
Thesis Statement: I will persuade you in that, (1) federal gun control laws are unconstitutional, and (2) I
will prove that the 2nd Amendment is both a "State" and "Individual Right."
Can any of you tell me the difference between the Declaration of Independence, the United States
Constitution, and the "Bill of Rights"? Lets start with the Declaration of Independence.What was the pur- pose of the Declaration of Independence? It outlined the reasons as to why the 13 colonies wanted sep-
eration from Britian. What does the United States Constitution do? It outlines the federal government and gives it certain powers, these powers are stated within the document itself. What does the "Bill of Rights" do? (the Rights of the Individual). It limits the power of the federal government. How does the "Bill of Rights" limit the power of the federal government? Well, let me 1st give you an example. Can the federal government establish a federal religion? No! Why not? Because the 1st Amendment prohibits it. Lets look at the 1st Amendment. It says in part. "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of rel-igion." Thus the "Bill of Rights" forbids the federal government in the establishment of a federal religion.
So lets use a little common sense, if the federal government can not establish a federal religion. How
can it establish gun control? It can\'t, the 2nd Amendment forbids it, just like the 1st Amendment
forbids a federal religion. Let\'s look at 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."
Now lets move to the 10th Amendment in the "Bill of Rights," it states that the Constitution gives the
federal government certain powers and only those powers listed in the Constitution. Whatever power
is left over is reserved to the States. Thus, the 2nd Amendment takes gun control from the federal gov-
ernment and the 10th Amendment puts the gun issue in the hands of the States. Lets look at the 10th
Amendment, it says: "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."
By the reasoning of common sense, it is therefore unconstitutional for the federal government to pass
gun control measures, because the 2nd Amendment restricts the federal government and the 10th Amendment gives that power to the States. Thus, the State\'s have a right to reasonably regulate firearms
but not deny individual ownership. ( The words "the people" refer to individuals. )
The Delclaration of Independence proves the Individual\'s view, it says in part " We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty (freedom), and the Pursuit of Happiness--".
" Nature\'s God " shows God created all men, but the gun made all men equal (equality). The reality
is, the gun exists, and if some have gun\'s and others don\'t, then inequality is present. The "Laws of
Nature" state, that one has a right to defend himself/herself (within reason). Is the use of a gun
reasonable? In light of the fact criminal\'s have guns! The answer is YES, one has a Right to defend
their "Life" with a gun which allows for the "Pursuit of Happiness--". Keep in mind that "freeman own
gun\'s slaves don\'t!"
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James Madison, Politics, Gun politics, Civil rights and liberties, Law, Right to keep and bear arms, United States Constitution, United States Bill of Rights, United States, Gun politics in the United States, Second Amendment to the United States Constitution
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