OpEdNews Op Eds

Does the NRA Really Support the 2nd Amendment?

By (about the author)     Permalink       (Page 1 of 1 pages)
Related Topic(s): ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; (more...) ; ; ; ; ; ; ; , Add Tags  (less...) Add to My Group(s)

View Ratings | Rate It


Become a Fan
  (1 fan)
- Advertisement -

Does the NRA Really Support the 2nd Amendment?
(image by Freedom Tracks Records)
According to the 2nd Amendment of the United States Constitution, 
"... the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed".  The word "Arms" is deliberately capitalized, a common practice at the time used for emphasis. Since Thomas Jefferson later owned a private cannon, the largest weapon of his day, "Arms" to the framers clearly meant more than small arms one can easily "bear"; note, to "keep" and bear Arms.

The word "gun" is found nowhere in the Constitution, a carefully worded document. According to the preamble, one of the main purposes of government is to "insure domestic Tranquility" (also capitalized).  To honestly and correctly interpret the intentions of the framers, everything that follows the preamble, including all ten original amendments, must be weighed in light of the Constitution's stated purpose.

At the time the 2nd Amendment was drafted, there was no federal army, no national guard, and no organized police force, a fact of history ignored by the modern National Rifle Association's absurd position, which not long ago was far less radical than today.  There were also no large urban populations or police protecting them, gravely endangered by modern assault weapons.   And, who knows what horrific weapons may be contained in a future brief case or even much smaller space?

For many years, the NRA and mainstream media have been guilty of drawing a non-existent, artificial line down the center of the 2nd Amendment, limiting the debate to private gun ownership.  To contend the 2nd Amendment permits unlimited private ownership of modern assault weapons is no more constitutionally rational than to clam it allows for unlimited private ownership of bombs, chemical weapons, and space-ray machines, also modern "Arms", unknown to the American founders.

The NRA must admit that according to its interpretation of the 2nd Amendment, we have just as much right to own private nuclear bombs and bio-weapons as we do to own a multi-round handgun, none of which existed when it was drafted.   If we wish to have a society at all, then the 21st-century question is not "if" we are going to restrict the NRA's interpretation but, rather, in what manner are we going to restrict it.
- Advertisement -

For the record, if any living Americans have the right to argue in favor of restricting the 2nd Amendment, it is Bill and Sarah Brady. And, as the "founding fathers" wisely allowed for, we can always amend what the Constitution originally stated.  A perhaps better and much saner idea would be to amend the NRA, by forcing a reluctant media to point out its deceptive and highly irrational position.

The NRA has no Constitutional or other right to limit the 2nd Amendment to a debate over guns, nor to ignore the intentions of the American founders clearly stated in the preamble.   For a Constitutional position to be correct, it must fall within a clearly stated purpose of, "in order to insure domestic Tranquility".

Does the NRA really support the 2nd Amendment?  You decide. 
- Advertisement -



Richard Aberdeen is a Nashville, Tennessee based author and songwriter and owner of Freedom Tracks Records, a multi-genre independent record label focusing on political and social issues, where the music is always free.

Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

Go To Commenting

The views expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.

Writers Guidelines

Contact Author Contact Editor View Authors' Articles
- Advertisement -

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Why Are There Homeless Veterans in America?

Can Charles Darwin be Trusted?

Is Atheism Scientific?

Does the NRA Really Support the 2nd Amendment?

Should We Boycott Walmart & Exxon/Mobile?

Is Richard Dawkins Really a Scientist?


The time limit for entering new comments on this article has expired.

This limit can be removed. Our paid membership program is designed to give you many benefits, such as removing this time limit. To learn more, please click here.

Comments: Expand   Shrink   Hide  
5 people are discussing this page, with 14 comments
To view all comments:
Expand Comments
(Or you can set your preferences to show all comments, always)

Ever notice how badly the NRA is lying about what ... by Richard Aberdeen on Friday, Nov 15, 2013 at 1:46:12 PM
"Domestic tranquility",  my ass.   ... by sesquiculus on Friday, Nov 15, 2013 at 2:56:55 PM
[ repeated, same comment as below applies here ]&n... by Richard Aberdeen on Friday, Nov 15, 2013 at 7:59:07 PM
The term Arms was used because it could cover a wi... by Bill Johnson on Friday, Nov 15, 2013 at 3:12:02 PM
So, you would have us believe arming private jets ... by Richard Aberdeen on Friday, Nov 15, 2013 at 7:07:12 PM
I would not have someone like you or anyone else t... by Bill Johnson on Saturday, Nov 16, 2013 at 4:51:14 PM
Since the right is an individual one. There is no ... by Drake_Burrwood on Friday, Nov 15, 2013 at 7:27:12 PM
Thomas Jefferson owned a private canon.  At t... by Richard Aberdeen on Friday, Nov 15, 2013 at 7:56:49 PM
Is this your spin on things that you can definitiv... by Bill Johnson on Saturday, Nov 16, 2013 at 4:55:13 PM
You seem to miss the point.  The point is not... by Richard Aberdeen on Saturday, Nov 16, 2013 at 6:02:15 PM
Cooling off periods fail because the average recov... by Stuart Chisholm on Sunday, Nov 17, 2013 at 4:33:38 PM
Nuclear bombs are ordinance.  Guns are weapon... by Stuart Chisholm on Sunday, Nov 17, 2013 at 4:24:43 PM
Virginia Tech is one of several recent attacks tha... by Richard Aberdeen on Sunday, Nov 17, 2013 at 5:49:38 PM
Over 2000 private warships were used during the Re... by Richard Aberdeen on Sunday, Nov 17, 2013 at 5:53:48 PM