“I think in terms of what has been achieved in this debate, we’ve
reached a proper balance between the right conferred by the Second
Amendment and the reality of changing lifestyles in America,” said John
Warner last week after the Senate’s historic vote curbing, yet again,
the inalienable rights of Americans to bear arms.
John Warner, you’re an ignorant man. So ignorant, in fact, it is
amazing to me that the people of the great state of Virginia have
repeatedly chosen to return you to the United States Senate. Either
voter fraud in Virginia must be as rampant as it is in my own state of
California, or the intentional dumbing down process of the state’s
public education system must be in its final stages.
It’s sadly ironic that a man like Warner represents a state from
which so many of the geniuses of freedom, America’s visionary founding
Had Warner ever bothered to read James Madison, Thomas Jefferson,
George Washington, George Mason, etc., he might have learned that the
Second Amendment confers no rights to Americans. Instead it prohibits
the government from infringing on those God-given, natural and
inalienable rights that all people possess. In other words, it doesn’t
give the people anything. It restricts the government from doing
something — something like what Warner and his colleagues did last
In the weak minds of people like Warner, if only we could just repeal
the Second Amendment, there would no longer be any right to bear arms.
Nonsense. Government can and has throughout history denied people their
basic human rights. But those rights remain whether or not the people
are willing and able to restrain the forces of evil and coercion.
We say today, for instance, that the government of China denies basic
human rights to its people. This is the case whether or not the nation’s
constitution pays lip service to such rights or not. Government cannot
take away what it did not grant.
Even though it is extremely rare in the world today or throughout
history for people to enjoy the right to bear arms, it nonetheless
remains a fundamental human right. Why? Because without it, all other
rights truly become meaningless and unenforceable. They become subject
to the whim of government, which maintains a monopoly on force.
As Joseph Story wrote in his influential “Commentaries on the
Constitution”: “The right of the citizens to keep and bear arms has
justly been considered as the palladium of the liberties of a republic;
since it offers a strong moral check against the usurpation and
arbitrary power by rulers; and will generally, even if these are
successful in the first instance, enable the people to resist and
triumph over them.”
“Changing lifestyles” be damned, John Warner. Are we likewise to
begin abrogating rights enumerated in the First Amendment because they
no longer conform to our 21st century lifestyle? No doubt there are many
in government who would welcome such a move — and do, through their
advocacy of hate-speech codes and other limits on free expression. But
that’s the point of the Constitution. It is designed as a permanent
document — a mission statement of who we are as a self-governing people
under God. It doesn’t bend and sway along with popular opinion. Nor does
it become moot because of the random and evil acts of some maniac punks.
Maybe John Warner, as a member of today’s ruling elite, doesn’t
believe that the modern state any longer presents a threat to our
heritage of freedom, to our individual liberties. In fact, it is only
the state which can and does routinely deprive people on a wholesale,
across-the-board level of their God-given rights.
America’s experiment with freedom is still quite young, quite rare.
And this short and unique political tradition is based largely on the
people’s healthy mistrust of the state.
No matter what restrictive laws and draconian enforcement we subject
ourselves to, there are always going to be some dangerous nuts who get
hold of guns and kill innocent people. My greater concern is that our
life and liberty will someday be solely reliant on the goodwill of the
more dangerous armed nuts in government.