France Krazalkovich, who is running for a seat on the Upper Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners, introduced a Second Amendment preservation resolution to the board during their February meeting. The resolution was introduced in his capacity as a citizen and resident of the township. Mr. Krazalkovich writes that it was met with mixed response in February…Details
Collier County, Florida has taken measures to protect the safety and security of its citiz
ens, passing a resolution that will nullify any federal gun control measures in that county.
The resolution was passed on Feb. 26 with a unanimous vote and declares ‘that no county resources be used in the implementation of any Federal law, executive order or executive directive that infringe on the right to keep and bear arms.”
The resolution also calls for the state government to follow their lead and be vigilant in defending the liberties of Floridians saying, “The Collier County Board of Commissioners calls upon the Governor and the Florida Legislature to immediately pass an act to nullify the implementation within the State of Florida of any Federal law, executive order or regulations restricting the right to keep and bear arms.”Details
I frequently hear people talk about how many “constitutional rights” we have lost under (fill in whichever President’s name). This brings up a very interesting misunderstanding about the origin of our rights… For one thing, our rights don’t come from the Constitution; the Constitution merely recognizes that our rights preexist it.
For instance, in the 2nd Amendment it goes like this:
“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.”
It says “the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed” ..not “the people shall have the right to keep and bear arms” – this is a very important difference in syntax! This is true throughout the document, and the document even recognizes in the 9th Amendment that we have all the rights not specifically mentioned.
“The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.”
If the Constitution gave rights, then the syntax of the 9th would say something like “that the people shall enjoy” or “that the people shall have” instead of “retained by the people.”
The meaning of the subtle difference here is profound, and has vast implications!Details
The process of writing our constitution was painstakingly debated because words mean things. When you choose words it is important they reflect the meaning you intend so it is no wonder there is a concerted effort underfoot to change the meaning of words and history by the enemies of our constitution, and it is happening every day, every chance they get.
Take for instance the president and secretary of state discussing our right to “freedom of worship” as opposed to right to “the free exercise of religion” as stated in the constitution. At first glance they may seem similar but freedom to worship is not the same as freedom of religion. There are many religions that define the terms of how they worship therefore free to practice their religion. Freedom to worship is not religion specific and taken to the next step could be defined by the government since it is not tied to religion. For some this may seem trivial but for thinking individuals it is the difference between protecting their religion and losing their religion.Details
The Supreme Court recently ruled that the Second Amendment applies to all states throwing the Chicago gun control ruling back to the Appeals court. See the story here.
If you are an avid believer in the right to bear arms and a gun owner, as I am, you might think this is a brilliant ruling. But on closer examination, it surely is not. Why? The Supremes used the ill conceived Incorporation Doctrine.Details
One of my highly-esteemed colleagues, Wilton Strickland, who is an author, columnist, attorney in Florida and Montana, magna cum laude graduate of the college of William and Mary law school and a fond friend of liberty accurately described a major problem in America relative to restoring freedom in the States in his recently-released article entitled, Staying Away…Details
I generally take a dim view of gun-control laws, believing they do more harm than good (i.e., making the law-abiding more vulnerable to criminals). That said, today’s decision by the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) in McDonald vs. City of Chicago does not have me rejoicing. The further expansion of the SCOTUS’s 14th…Details
Mainstream media has recently reported the story of the alleged “Militia” group in Michigan which supposedly had plans of killing police officers as a sort of “freedom task”–in the name of Jesus Christ no less. In reality, “This is a group that [is] neither a militia [n]or a Christian group.” This is not the first…Details
Two of the most common constitutional misunderstandings we receive by email here at the Tenth Amendment Center are: 1. The General Welfare clause of the preamble authorizes the federal government to enact all kinds of programs – including health care, environmental controls, and the like. 2. The National Guard is not the militia. The militia…Details
Sen. Margaret Dayton (R – Orem) is the sponsor of S.B. 11, Utah-State Made Firearms Protection Act. In a recent email she stated, “My Firearms Freedom Act passed out of Interim Committee in Nov – and I anticipate that it will go directly to the floor when the Legislature convenes in January. I am pleased…Details