We the People have a natural, inherent and unalienable right to keep and bear arms. Contrary to popular belief, that right was not granted by the Second Amendment, but instead is derived from English common law, the Enlightenment, and even ancient Roman philosophy.
When looking at the original intentions of the Founding Fathers, we see that the Second Amendment was actually devised as a way to prevent the federal government from infringing on our preexisting right to own and carry weapons. In fact, any federal laws that limit or control guns in the hands of citizens would be viewed as tyranny by the Founders, and dealt with accordingly.
As such, it should come as no surprise that some states have responded to this tyranny by nullifying it in their states, exercising their Tenth Amendment right of state sovereignty. Also unsurprisingly, people are increasingly supportive of these efforts by the states.
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A poll last year by the prestigious Rasmussen showed that only about 4 in 10 people support the idea of federal gun control laws in their state, with about 50% of respondents saying that local and state gun laws should take precedence over federal laws.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 40% of Likely U.S. Voters believe the federal government should be chiefly responsible for setting policies about gun ownership. Forty-nine percent (49%) think it should be a state or local issue. That includes (34%) who think state governments should determine gun ownership rules and 15% who think local governments should have that responsibility. Twelve percent (12%) are undecided.
The poll also showed that nearly 4 in 10 people support their state nullifying federal gun laws within their borders. This can be done by passing a piece of legislation modeled after the Tenth Amendment Center‘s ‘Second Amendment Preservation Act’.
Basically, the Second Amendment Preservation Act reasserts the right of a state to determine what is best for its own citizens when it comes to gun laws. The Act declares that any and all federal laws that are viewed as unconstitutional or an infringement of the Second Amendment will be null and void within the state, and no agent or officer of the state may enforce, or cooperate with federal enforcement of, these gun control measures. Some states have even addedcriminal penalties to this act.
A number of states have already passed or are currently working on legislation that would nullify federal gun control laws in their state. But nullification is not strictly limited to gun control, nor is it only being pursued in conservative red states.
Numerous states are attempting to nullify Obamacare in their state, and while those states tend to be Republican states, liberal states like California and Michiganhave gotten in on the nullification act too, trying to ban the NSA and the NDAA ‘indefinite detention’ provision, respectively.
Back to the issue of gun control, several liberal states are seeing their populations rejecting not only federal gun control laws, but also strict new state laws. People inColorado, Connecticut and New York are rebelling against their state government’s embrace and expansion of federal gun laws and the anti-gun agenda being pursued by President Obama’s administration.
Ultimately, the people will decide for themselves whether they will continue to let the federal government infringe on their gun rights by voting for change,moving to more gun rights friendly states, or actively rising up in rebellion against the feds. Let’s hope that the government gets the message that people oppose their strict gun control and infringement on their natural rights, before drastic measures become necessary.