Who cares about the Second Amendment?

wethepeopleBY: JOSEPH ENGLAND

You should, that’s who. The Founding Fathers created the Bill of Rights to protect the rights of individuals. The freedoms of religion, speech, association, and the rest all refer to individual liberties. The Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms is no different. As many of you know, the Second Amendment continues to come under attack by those who would subvert your rights to bear arms.
Having read the above paragraph, it would appear that you have rights that should be protected and fought for. Currently there is a man that comes to mind that is doing just that. His name is Chris McDaniel and he is applying for the job of representing the great state of Mississippi in the United States Senate beginning this year. Mr. McDaniel has spoken out on the gun rights topic which is dear to his heart many times, but more importantly his voting record speaks loudest. Some of the following bills listed are examples of his support for your rights as a citizen of America and Mississippi.
Mr. Chris McDaniel voted to keep shooting ranges open (S.B. No. 2466, Feb.25, 2008), co-sponsored and voted for a bill to protect the rights of concealed carry permit holders (S.B. No. 2306, Feb.5, 2009 and co-sponsored/voted to remove concealed carry prohibitions in 2010 (S.B. 2153, Feb. 10,2010) to name a few. Also in response to President Obama’s issuance of 23 Executive Orders to restrict Second Amendment rights, Mr. McDaniel co-sponsored the ”Firearms Safety Protection Act in 2013” which authorizes state law enforcement to ‘stand-down’ and not assist should there be a federal attempt at gun control measures.[S.B. 2748, Jan, 21,2013].
So as you can read above, the war on your rights have to be met with legislation brought forth by courageous individuals willing to accept the responsibility to look out for you and future generations. Without them, just imagine for a moment where we’d be given the current legislative environment that persists in Washington. This legislation and others is brought about by people (like you and me) and Mr. McDaniel speaking out and most importantly acting on. This right and the ‘Bill of Rights’ must be protected from anyone who would try to modify or outright take them away. Thousands of Americans have fought and died for these rights, your rights, to be preserved for both current and future Americans. Let no one forsake them in any manner, shape or form. To do so, would be perilous to us all now and forever.
To bring the point home even more so, consider the recent statements by another courageous man. His name is Detroit-Police Chief James Craig. He’s recently made news in Detroit (named the most Dangerous City in America in 2013) stating that he believes the citizens of Detroit should legally arm themselves in order to reduce crimes that are commonly associated with guns. I know, having legal gun ownership reduces crime? Yes it does and to prove it, in the last six months, Detroit has seen a 40% reduction in Justifiable Homicides’. (A homicide is justified if it is done to prevent a very serious crime, such as rape, armed robbery, manslaughter, or murder, and most of those in the last year involved citizens who were defending themselves from criminal attacks by killing their attackers. Puzzled? Consider this. Chief Craig came from L.A. (not lower Alabama) where he was against gun ownership, but after having moved to the city of Bangor Maine to become police chief did he get the chance to experience the impact that legally armed citizens can have on crime. He became a believer. By the way Bangor Maine is widely and statistically considered one of the safest cities in our country.
As I write this article, I can’t help but consider the citizens of the country’s (Ukrainians, Egyptian, Jordanians, our neighbors on the southern border Mexico and many others) that are in the midst of fighting for their rights. We as Americans should not take ours for granted and that they are forever guaranteed. I’ve read in many books that suggest that every morning, among many things, we should start our day by giving thanks for at least ten blessings that we count important to us. It helps bring perspective to the coming day. I suggest that each of us remind ourselves of the blessing of Living freely in America with rights bestowed upon on us by the ‘Bill of Rights’ and most importantly by God above.

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