The Second Amendment, under the federal Constitution, states, “... the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” That law clearly points out, “shall not be infringed.” Hmm.

Should Congress pass a federal act that would ban all firearms from the people, with the exception of single-shot rifles, shotguns and handguns, would such an act violate the Second Amendment? Would the Supreme Court stand behind such an act?

The phrase “liberty is not free” does not apply merely to a threat by a foreign government. The threat can come from the people’s own government, and such a possible threat can only increase as particular firearms become illegal through gun control laws that are passed.

Firearms are the teeth for securing the people’s liberty, and they now sit in the federal dentist’s chair for extraction tooth by tooth. This is definitely the infringement of the intent and purpose established through the law of the Second Amendment.

Here in their own words is the reason our founders established as law, in the U.S. Constitution, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, and that such is not to be infringed by government.

“A free people ought not only be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government.” So said George Washington, father of our country.

“The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.” — Thomas Jefferson

Tenche Coxe, in “Pennsylvania Gazette,” Feb. 20, 1788: “Their swords and every other terrible implement of the soldier is the birthright of an American. The unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments, but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people.” Liberty truly had a mouthful of teeth in early America.

The ultimate goal behind these forward-moving gun control laws is the disarmament of the American people. “To disarm the people is the most effectual way to enslave them.” — George Mason

Bill Ivy

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Johns Island