[OPINION] The Bill Of Rights Restricts Gun Restrictions

by Ronald A. Sobieraj

Thank you for enriching my letter on the Bill of Rights by quoting the complete Second Amendment. It uses the phrase “security of a free State”. The word “State” is also used in the Sixth Amendment to distinguish it from the Federal government. The Bill of Rights was pushed by the “Anti-Federalists” to prevent the new Federal government from becoming as powerful as the recently overthrown monarchy and its oppressive laws (Stamp Act, Writs of Assistance).

The Ninth Amendment says “The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.” The Second Amendment explicitly bans the Federal government from restricting the people’s rights to keep and bear arms. The Framers of the Constitution believed that government was created to guarantee people’s rights, not to restrict them. The historical precedents show no restrictions until recent times. Since the 1968 Gun Control Law, the number of violent deaths by firearms has virtually doubled; did it work?

One way to understand the Second Amendment is to revise it for modern times. “Well regulated traffic, being necessary to the economy of a free State, the right of the people to own and drive automobiles shall not be restricted.” Even without this law, the Federal government does not restrict owning and driving automobiles. You should learn about history from a good book, not from lobbyists and their advertisements.

Ronald A. Sobieraj is a resident of Perth Amboy.

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