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Arms, Militia and the Rights of the People
Craig Parry, Jody Strickling, Quinton Farmer, Nathan Farmer, Robert Oldham
University of Phoenix
HIS/301
Instructor: William Gillespie
June 29th, 2009

Arms, Militia and the Rights of the People
“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed.”(2nd amendment, U.S Constitution)
The framers of the Constitution wanted to create a government that was governed by the people. They felt the best way to control the government was through “checks” to make sure the government did not have too much power. The founders decided one way to check the ...view middle of the document...

We must remember that the power of government is limited to the power lent to it by the people. It cannot have any power that the citizens do not have which is why we have the right to own guns. These rights, written under the protection of the Constitution, come from God and through the people these rights are given to the government. It must not be confused that our rights are given by government. We must also have a way and means to protect these rights. Patrick Henry summed this up by saying “Are we at last brought to such a humiliating and debasing degradation that we cannot be trusted with arms for our defense? Where is the difference between having our arms in possession and under our direction, and having them under the management of Congress? If our defense be the real object of having those arms, in whose hands can they be trusted with more propriety, or equal safety to us, as in our own hands?”
There are many in Washington and in academic groups nationwide who would seek to have this right removed. We must maintain the importance of the God given right and fight to keep it. These rights will continue to be under subtle assault. Our politicians know of the danger of an outright attack so they will demise and scare us into giving the right up slowly. George Mason Said “ When the resolution of enslaving America was formed in Great Britain, the British Parliament was advised by an artful man, who was governor of Pennsylvania, to disarm the people; that it was the best and most effectual way to enslave them; but that they should not do it openly, but weaken them, and let them sink gradually….”
Since the second amendment was ratified and put in place, there have been many court cases and executive orders that have impacted the right to bear arms. A few examples of some laws that were passed are:
-Residence of Washington D.C can only register guns that are olive-drab green, dark earth or black but not two toned-blacks because that color is not on the “Safe Handgun Roster”.
-If you live in the city of Chicago you are required by law to register your gun every year. You cannot miss a year because if you do the gun is deemed ‘Un-register able” and therefore illegal within city limits.
-In the City of New York it can take up to 1 year to obtain a gun permit and cost about $500. Stacks of paperwork must be filled out; you must provide personal information as well as have a private interview with a law enforcement officer.
A court case against Attorney General Eric Holder went as follows:
Stephen P. Halbrook (the leading Second Amendment attorney in America) talks to Eric Holder (Attorney General designate) about his opinions on the Second Amendment right while in the first day of questioning before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Holder’s record is clear: He opposes individuals being able to keep or bear arms. Holder talks about the Heller case opening the door to a lot more individuals carrying guns. He claims...

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