The Right is Losing the Second Amendment

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Friday, September 27, 2019


FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS: HOW THE RIGHT IS LOSING THE SECOND AMENDMENT

As Congress comes back to town from summer recess, gun control is yet again dominating conversations in the swamp. And one thing hasn’t changed, Republicans are sitting idly by while the opposition continues to whittle away at the Second Amendment. 

President Trump, a self-proclaimed Second Amendment and self defense supporter has yet to show much support for the fundamental right. While in the White House, he has instituted more Second Amendment limiting proposals than President Obama did in eight years. President Obama was the best thing to happen to the gun industry in decades, but President Trump is shaping up to be a close second.

Much of the latest attacks on the Second Amendment are targeted at “assault-style weapons.” Many critics of the right to bear arms say that these types of firearms are not included in the original text of the amendment. 

For one thing, the people spewing out these unsubstantiated claims often mischaracterize the firearms they refer to. The AR-15, one of the most popular firearm platforms in the United States, is just one of many firearms that are very similar in nature, but are not “assault weapons.” However, true to their naive nature, gun control advocates say nothing about scars, kris vectors, AUGs, tavors, or any other firearm that functions similarly to an AR-15. 

These frivolous claims are not rooted in history nor judicial precedent. The Founders created the Second Amendment as a check on government, an inalienable right that would never be taken away by the government. The Second Amendment is intentionally vague. While the technology has changed significantly and time, place, and manner restrictions have been put in place since single-shot muskets, the legal principle has not. 

Whether it is red flag gun laws, magazine capacity limits, or an outright ban, the results don’t change. These liberty limiting regulations have not changed anything relating to crime with firearms. 

Statistically, gun control has never worked. Columbine happened during the Assault Weapons Ban with a firearm that was specifically outlawed. Why do we keep advocating for gun control?

Make no mistake, the end goal of left wing gun control advocates is to repeal the right to bear arms. Repealing the Second Amendment, like many Democrats want, would create an exceedingly dangerous legal precedent for every other right in the Bill of Rights. 

What’s stopping the government from taking away other rights, like the First Amendment? Maybe the Fourth? Like to vote? Not anymore. That’s the danger of repealing the Second Amendment. 

For reference to how immeasurably lucky Americans are to have our system of law, take a look at present-day Hong Kong. People in Hong Kong are literally dying in the streets for the same rights that we are so willing to give up to the government. 

For the party that claims to support limited-government policies and deregulation, the Second Amendment seems to be one exception to the so-called rule. Unfortunately, top, generally principled, conservatives are advocating for more liberty-limiting laws related to the Second Amendment.

Taylor Giles is a political science and strategic communications major at West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia. In addition to being an outspoken critic of politics, Taylor is an outdoor and shooting enthusiast.

The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.


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Taylor Giles is a political science and strategic communications major at West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia. In addition to being an outspoken critic of politics, Taylor is an outdoor and shooting enthusiast.

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