Monday, May 19, 2008

Wrap Up of Glenn Beck’s Gun Week Part 1

The Glenn Beck show had a week-long focus on the 2nd Amendment. This election is incredibly important for the preservation of not only the Second Amendment, but any favorable Heller decision as well. A lot of good points came out, and I’d like to take this opportunity to highlight a few from the recap:

The week started out with Wayne Lapierre discussing the Heller case and the fundamentals of the 2nd Amendment. The focus here was on the right of self-defense and self-preservation.

“Warren v. District of Columbia. The d.c. Superior Court ruled, ’... a government and its agents are under no general duty to provide public services, such as police protection, to any particular individual citizen."

This is a key point – it underscores the fact that the police and other authorities are not there to protect the public and have no obligation to do so. Therefore anyone who tells you to “call the police” if you’re in danger is blindly ignorant to this truth. Mr. Lapierre continues:

“It begs the basic question: If the police have no duty to protect individuals in their homes, who does? The individual does. You and I do. Average citizens. That is why the Second Amendment has such deep relevance in modern times. There is nothing archaic and outmoded in the notion that people must have the means to defend themselves against violent criminal predators. Self-defense is a basic human right. It is the fundamental reason that countless tens of millions of Americans own firearms.”

Quite well said. These statements go to the core of the meaning of the 2nd Amendment. A meaning lost on much of modern America laboring under the delusion that someone else, some other agency, is responsible for their safety.

Another key point:

“Whatever its outcome, American gun owners need to keep in mind that when we elect the next president, we will be shaping a Supreme Court that could reach 50 years into the future, and in that future hangs all the freedoms we hold dear.”

This more than anything should be a key message of the upcoming campaign. Regardless of what is won with Heller – the Heller decision will stand only as long as there are strict constructionists in the judiciary. Both Clinton and Obama would certainly appoint the type activist judges and other mental gymnasts who try to explain away the words “the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed”. Ostensibly this would be done in the name of public “safety”, yet the cynic in me wonders if they’re just demagogues or have a more sinister agenda...

Next time – the NUGE speaks...

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