This was written in response to a request from the NRA to write our representatives concerning the aggressive attempts by those who wish to impose restrictions to our rights as citizens to keep and bare arms. At the time I was working in Oklahoma so it was sent to the Oklahoma Representatives.
"A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bare arms, shall not be infringed."
"A well-regulated militia": an army of soldiers who are civilians but take military training and can serve full-time during emergencies. I am retired military, I have had my training, I am ready to fight at any given notice. It may be to late to be victorious if I have to wait for the government to issue me a weapon. You no longer have to provide for me as I am capable of defending myself, family and country if need be. Do not limit my ability to do that.
"being necessary to the security of a free state": Oklahoma is a free state, the only way to keep it free is for the Federal Government to avoid limiting the citizens of the state to protect that freedom.
"the right of the people to keep and bare arms": Do not take away my right to bare arms because you failed to properly protect the majority of the citizens from evidently disturbed people that are hell bent on causing harm have no care for the laws or the consequences for ignoring those laws.
"shall not be infringed": There is no confusion here, you cannot transgress, violate, encroach or invalidate my right to bare arms, limit my ability to protect myself, family or country by telling me how many bullets I can have, how fast I can pull the trigger, or whether or not I can have a pistol grip or a scope on my weapon.
Instead of finding ways of limiting my ability to a proper defense, work on ways to protect our children to the same means yours is protected, start enforcing the laws already on the books, stop appeasing those that want to take my rights away and playing politics with the constitution.
It is apparent that our government is not very well equipped to handle a lot of multitasking, so I would suggest that you take care of one thing at a time, maybe then you will begin to become constructive rather than destructive. Balance the budget, then secure the borders, reduce the funds to hostile countries and give that money to the military so that they can continue to put their lives on the line so that you can draft, vote and pass laws that only apply to everyday citizens but exempt all politicians.
And you wonder why folks do not trust you and they have a low opinion on the job you are doing. (end)
It is very frustrating that people will think that changing the constitution and altering the rights and freedoms of law abiding citizens will make life safer and better. My question is better for who? Criminals are not going to abide by the written law, that folks, is why they are called criminals. If there is a choice between dialing 911 and waiting 15 to 20 minutes for the police to respond, or, to use my given right to defend myself and my family with my weapon, then I chose my weapon and I will fight, to keep that right.
"We the people are the rightful masters of
both the Constitution and the courts, not
to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow
the men who pervert the Constitution."