I would like to say how relieved I am that there has been a clear and unequivocal call for the repeal of the Second Amendment (via The Smallest Minority via Another Gun Blog). Yes, relieved, because it is so much easier to fight one’s enemies when they can be clearly seen. Clearly seen especially by those who consider themselves “moderate” on the topic.
That these pompous twits believe repealing this amendment would have their desired effect is a stunning thought. But that is not really my point.
It was stated in the syllabus of the decision that the Second Amendment only recognizes a pre-existing right. It establishes nothing. It creates nothing. Again I will quote:
We look to this because it has always been widely understood that the Second Amendment, like the First and Fourth Amendments, codified a pre-existing right.
This is correct. The right to speak your mind freely without government forcibly silencing you, the right to worship a higher being or not as you choose, the right to gather with others of like mind and the right not to be randomly shaken down by the local–or the federal, for that matter–“thug hunters” for no good reason are rights that are fundamental to you, regardless of what any constitution says. Repeal these amendments, and the rights still exist. It may become harder to exercise them, but still, there they will be.
The Second Amendment protects, recognizes and codifies what I believe is The Most Fundamental Right. If the government censors your criticism of its actions, what do you do? Shout louder? If the government ignores your petition of grievance, what do you do? File another petition of grievance, but this time use a larger font?
Patrick Henry said it (via disinter):
Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect every one who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are ruined…. O sir, we should have fine times, indeed, if to punish tyrants, it were only sufficient to assemble the people!
“Indeed, if to punish tyrants, it were only sufficient to assemble the people!” If not for this Most Fundamental Right, we would be but impotent shrieking harpies to our oppressors. The right to self-defense against any tyrant is your inherent right. Whether such a tyrant is merely a mugger trying to rob you of your worldly goods or a government trying to rob you of your freedoms, you still have the same inherent right to fight back. When your just grievances are continually ignored, your rights further infringed upon without relief, what then is left? There is nothing left but to exercise force against your oppressors. You must exercise The Most Fundamental Right.
This you must ask yourself: Do you, and only you, ultimately own the right to your own life? Your own life is your most fundamental measure of ownership. If the government takes steps to prohibit you from criticizing its actions, you still live although your freedom to speak has been violated. The government may pass laws prohibiting you from legally associating with those of like mind, yet still you live.
If your basic right to survival is denied, all these lesser rights become moot. If the ability and the required tools to protect your own life become prohibited, you will not be able to speak or assemble or anything else. You will simply be at the mercy of whatever establishment tin-pot mini-dictator you happen to offend.
Your life is your most fundamental measure of ownership. Defending your own life is your Most Fundamental Right.