Dennis Slonka: Gun Rights The Basis of All Other Freedoms
In the past several months, The Providence Journal has published about a half-dozen letters and commentaries from constitutional cognoscenti with a need to explain the Second Amendment to Rhode Islanders. All of them quote fragments but never the entire amendment.
I would like to exercise my right to do the very same thing, quoting my chosen fragment which, interestingly, none of them have ever quoted. The Second Amendment says “the right of the people to bear arms shall not be infringed.” I read those words in my Constitution and I believe in them. I do not need anyone with the hubris to state they “know” what was in the mind of the Founding Fathers to try to qualify those words with me.
Perhaps the Founding Fathers foresaw that a government that purposely put guns into the hands of criminals, think “Fast and Furious,” and weakly enforces the many firearm statutes already on the books may well need a responsible armed citizenry.
Some are appalled, just appalled that the National Rifle Association spends money to defend the Second Amendment of the Constitution. Along with millions of Americans, I gladly contribute to the National Rifle Association and pray that it continues to uphold this cornerstone of our individual freedom, a right that secures that freedom and all of the other rights enumerated in the amendments to the Constitution.
Others decry the “cowardice” of our legislators for refusing to pass “commonsense” legislation that infringes on the Second Amendment. Our legislators are upholding the Constitution and should be commended for their courage in doing so.