Loss of Second Amendment, A Loss For Human Rights and Individuality

There is a lot of talk about the Second Amendment right now. The Bill of Rights is a document that has been enshrined in the annals of America. Ultimately, it is the fundamental rights that is provided to individuals to protect them from an overbearing government. While of the amendments on the Bill of Rights that are under attack, the amendment that takes the greatest beating is Amendment #2– the Right to Bear Arms. (I believe I could make valid arguments on all ten are under attack, yes even Amendment #3– No Quartering of Soldiers, but that is a different article.)

What the Second Amendment Says

In total, if it is not ingrained in your heart or tattooed on your arm, the Second Amendment reads, “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.” A plain reading and understanding of this text is that the people are the standing army and therefore should be armed as such. There are multiple documents, court opinions, and articles on this amendment that date from when it was written to now.

A Defense of the Second Amendment

The article you are reading is not about interpretation of the Second Amendment; it is about the defense thereof. This right is under greater threat now than at most likely any other time in history.

School Shootings and Protection of Children

We are all aware of the current shootings, especially in schools. It is well established that people are more protective towards their children than themselves. So, if they feel their children are threatened, they will act.

Media Banging Gun Control Gong

The media (regardless of party affiliation) is banging the Gun Control gong for politics and ratings. My disgust of the media hit an all-time high when a broadcaster on a conservative channel reported about a burglary where the shop attendant was pistol whipped by a semi-automatic handgun. While some may see that as simply descriptive reporting, it is clearly inflammatory by relating a non-relevant fact due to the current hysteria. It would be akin to replacing the words “shop attendant” with “illegal immigrant shop attendant.” It is pandering to the audience in the worst way. The attention has heightened greatly. In addition, the media is working strongly on the Republican base (the traditional stalwarts of the Second Amendment).

Look at current news articles. Although Trump proposed providing teachers with guns for protection, it was repeatedly titled “gun control”. Any Republican who indicates he is in favor of any kind of gun restriction finds their name in print. Typically, I dismiss these ravings as they resurface every several years, but I nearly lost control when my brother, who is traditionally conservative and an outdoorsman, is now seriously leaning towards gun control laws and believing the nonsense that is spouted by the media.

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“For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.”

(Matthew 24:21)

How Bad Are The Lies?

So how bad is it? The lies are everywhere. I wanted to search some basic facts, which I will share here, about gun violence. There are multiple sites that promote gun facts, such as Gun Violence Archives, Everytown Research, et cetera. These are decidedly anti-gun sites. They are sponsored groups that are perverting real data. This is what the Average Joe America is reading right now. You need to be worried. You need to stand up and be counted.

Real Statistics

What are the real statistics? The best statistics on homicides (excludes injuries and suicides) is the Uniform Crime Report (UCR) by the FBI. This was fantastic data for the last twenty years. It provides a wealth of data, including age variations, location (urban vs. rural), and many other interesting statistics. What was very interesting is the Expanded Homicide Data Table 8. This is the definitive statistic on gun deaths annually. How many of you have heard this referenced? I did not until I did significant research on my own. What I found of even more concern was that it is very difficult to find the UCR for 2015 through today. Instead, you have to rely on Center for Disease control (CDC). The CDC has a site called “FastStats”. It has two categories– All Homicides and Fire Arm Homicides.

Charts From FBI and CDC

Please see the chart below from the FBI. Courtesy of the FBI:

Courtesy of the CDC: And now a chart from 2011 CDC (with a link so you can verify):

CDC’s 2011 Report on Homicides

In 2011 the homicides reported by the CDC total more than 16,238 vs. 8,897 (from the FBI). That’s more than 54% greater. Why is there a difference? The CDC includes accidents, suicides, and every other gun-related event. Suicides and accidents are a tragic loss. I have lost a dear friend to a suicide, and my heart goes out to every hunting accident I read about. However, including these numbers into the total is a significant statistical modification, if the argument for gun control is due to “criminal attacks” or “mass shootings”. It is a clear and deliberate misrepresentation of gun homicides (defined as the deliberate and unlawful killing of one person by another with guns). It is all about intention. There are groups working diligently to vilify guns.

Advocates for Gun Rights Quiet on Fatalities

The strongest advocates for gun rights, including manufacturers and the NRA, are not providing data to the American people and seem to want to avoid discussing the fatalities. This is a mistake.

There are some decent groups advocating, including Just Facts, but no gun advocacy group is willing to take a hard look at the statistics, and this allows the anti-gun groups to control the conversation.

All the signs show that there are many countries and terrorist organizations who are scheming to launch a devastating attack against us with a terrifying technology. They could literally win the war with one shot, leaving our country on its knees. See this video for evidence we are living in the dark days.

Tidbit Found on Just Facts

One interesting tidbit I found on Just Facts is:

Realize that the anti-gun groups have control of the argument. They control the data and nobody on the advocacy side is taking a stand. There are intelligent, business savvy and successful people who understand the impact of statistics and data on both sides. Yet all the data is being driven by the gun opponents. The worst part is that most people are now used to getting answers with a simple search. To get to the truth you have to be intelligent and make an effort. Otherwise you are relying on the media and politically motivated informational advertisements. The media is taking their information and broadcasting from these political sites.

Take a stand and educate yourself. Learn the true facts. According to the PEW Research Center, nearly 30% of Americans are legal gun owners. Based on current population statistics that means we have nearly 98 million gun owners. This also means that gun owners are a minority. There is a significant push to take away the rights of these people and of all 326 million Americans. Gun deaths will grow statistically on the CDC’s leading causes of death. The media will continue to spout nonsense like guns kill more people than driving. The gun advocacy group holds to their smug guns don’t kill people; people kill people. Yet we are losing the war even if we win a few battles.

Statistically Significant

While I do not want to sound callous, when discussing large numbers there is a term called “statistically significant”, i.e. the results have impact on the greater outcome. This is usually represented by the formula p<.05. Any number less than that does not impact the outcome of the whole. The percentage of deaths caused in the U.S. by homicide is roughly .00004. Yet, as part of our core, we value individuals, so even a single person lost is a tragedy. Unfortunately, nobody is talking about the other relevant statistics, because we do not have them readily available.

Basic Statistics on Current Events

We need someone to develop basic statistics on current events. It is possible with appropriate resources. What is the probability of a mass shooter in a school versus other public places? This is a definable number, and it is important. Why? Because if it is statistically significant, it demonstrates that schools are unsafe. We need to understand what facts are significant.

Potential For Other Outcomes

Significant means there is a potential for other outcomes. Back to the school example, if significant it then leads to important questions about why schools are targeted. Is it a social issue? There is a need for facts to a host of important items, including but not limited to mental health, video games, illegal gun purchases, the “gun show” loop, as well as other potentially pertinent facts. Why? Because these arguments are being weaved together to strip you of your rights.

Gun Show Loophole

How often have you heard the media talk about the “gun show loophole” where you don’t need to have a background check? While even the fact is primarily false, at least in the state I live in, it would be interesting if any media provided a report on whether any of the shooters (especially the mass shootings) purchased their guns legally or through the “gun show loophole.” It would be an interesting comment if your typical media talking head started spouting about the “gun show loophole” and there was a statistically relevant response like, “none of the mass shooters in the last decade utilized that loophole, and less than 10% of all criminal attacks with guns do.

Loophole, Incarceration, and Facts

In addition, utilizing that loophole and committing a crime results in a 33% greater chance of incarceration and 20% longer term.” While the former sentence is fiction, it would be wonderful to have a logical and factual discussion. As ideal as it would be to have an advocate understanding the facts, we may be too late. Youtube has recently shut down a host of independent conservative channels who actually question some of these issues. While they claimed it was an accident and many have been restored, it was a surprising, comprehensive, specifically targeted, and swift attack. It was not as if Youtube accident shut off 5,000 channels of a random nature. No, this shutoff was specific. You need to be aware.

World is Fragile

We come to SurvivalBlog because we understand the world is fragile. It is fragile from many perspectives, including geopolitical, economic, and moralistic. The collapse may come all at once, or it may be gradual with rumblings (like the 2008 Panic). This could be one of the political rumblings.

Loss of Second Amendment, A Loss For Human Rights and Individuality

The loss of the Second Amendment (although significantly weakened already) would be a loss for human rights and individuality. It would eliminate the strength of one of the last bastions in the world that stands for freedom of the people and respects people as individuals (not as a collective). The loss of gun rights would take the power of the people and put it squarely in the hands of the government.

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” While quoted often, it is more than apt now. It is worrisome that the people of our great land would willingly subjugate themselves to any government when generation after generation fought to preserve our freedoms. Stand up and fight for the Bill of Rights. You have been warned.

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17 Comments

  1. I for one, do not need written “permission” from government to exercise the rights given me by GOD. If that ultimately leads me into being an outlaw in the opinion of man, so be it.

  2. Frankly, I don’t know how many people will actually come out and say what they really feel or not–but I feel like “screw the kids”–I’ll keep my AR.

      • “As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths.”
        “The Lord will enter into judgement with the leaders of his people, and the princes thereof: for ye have eaten up the vineyard, the spoil of the poor is in your houses.
        “What mean ye that ye beat my people to pieces, and grind the faces of the poor? saith the Lord God of hosts.
        Isaiah 3:12,13,15

      • “Monumentally stupid” is a woefully inadequate description of your so-called argument. Learn English please.

  3. There has never been a government that banned it’s own ARMED FORCES from “Keeping and Bearing” ARMS.
    Find one government in the history of humanity that felt a need to document a “RIGHT” for it’s ARMED FORCES to possess ARMS.
    Oppressive Governments are ALWAYS banning the People’S RIGHTS to arms.
    The claim that the Founding Fathers wrote the 2nd Amendment to give Our ARMED FORCES a “right” to keep and carry ARMS is S-T-U-P-I-D.
    The only reason for the Second Amendment is to clearly spell-out the GOD GIVEN RIGHT of INDIVIDUALS to keep & bear ARMS.
    The only reason for the BILL(list) of RIGHTS was to codify INDIVIDUALS’ GOD GIVEN RIGHTS.
    Has there ever been a government that was not chock full of it’s “rights” up to and including declaring itself to be the Lord God Almighty?! (Rome, Egypt, Israel,etc)
    Does the 1st Amendment mean the GOVERNMENT is allowed to give speeches? Try shutting up any Politician. But THEY would LOVE to shut YOU up, hence the FIRST Amendment.
    Anyone who tells you the 2nd Amendment applies to the Army or State Militia, is telling you they think you are STUPID.
    There has NEVER been a government that felt it had to codify it’s army’s/soldier’s “RIGHT” to “Keep and BEAR ARMS” because there has NEVER been a government that refused to allow It’s own soldiers to KEEP and BEAR ARMS!
    The Second Amendment was written for the People, like the other 9 Amendments in the Bill of Rights. This was confirmed by the SCOTUS in the DC vs Heller decision, where they stated that the “People” in the Second Amendment were the same “People” that are mentioned in the First and Fourth Amendment.
    The 2nd Amendment clearly guarantees the “right of the PEOPLE to keep and bear arms”, and certainly not “the Militia”.
    Why would “the Militia”, a type of army manned by citizen-soldiers as opposed to full-time “regulars”, need a constitutional amendment to guarantee they have the right “to keep and bear arms”?
    Is there any specific statement anywhere in the Constitution that the army Congress is empowered to raise has the “right to keep and bear arms”? Of course not. …………. That is assumed.

    the 2nd amendment,, specifies that the RIGHT to bear arms is the right of the people,, NOT the militia,,,, it is the people who will make up the militia,, but the right is not the right of a “well regulated militia” it is the right of the people,

    It is implicit in the nature of all kinds of armies —- be they militia or regulars, volunteer, conscripted, or mercenary — to be armed.
    They are all “armed forces”.
    They all “bear arms”.
    They all carry guns.
    That is what they do.
    It certainly no more requires an amendment to the Constitution to state that “the Militia” has the RKBA , than a specific statement that the army Congress is empowered to raise may be manned by armed troops.

    “The [U.S.] Constitution is a limitation on the government, not on private individuals … it does not prescribe the conduct of private individuals, only the conduct of the government … it is not a charter for government power, but a charter of the citizen’s protection against the government.” Ayn Rand

  4. For decades we have ignored the goings on and allowed the country to be flooded with libtards. Immigrants, and our schools bring more and more libtards to the voting booths. We will soon see that all elections are lost. I seriously doubt that Trump won for the reasons we think. I think the media saying 95% chance hillary wins kept a lot of voters from voting. They figured there was no need. I also think we will see the oposite of that in the coming elections, and we will be shocked. In the long run, we will lose. The next time there is libtard control, it is over. It is Biblical!

  5. The U.S. Constitution was written by people far smarter than we are today. We watch TV all day. They read books! The problem with citing the Constitution is libtards don’t care. They think it is old and out dated. They think we have some how evolved way beyond that time, and need to modernize. They are clueless, and we are too! We think this is all fixable. We fail to see what is happening. We are talking years, not decades. In a matter of years all that this country stood for will be gone. Like frogs in a pot, we have no idea. Look around. What do you see? God is all but gone! Even conservatives and Christians are flying rainbows! With no idea what the rainbow is! We are sodom! We are gommorah! On TV you see satanic symbols, witches and warlocks, but they can’t even say God or Jesus! You can talk of MohamMAD (Genesis 16:12), but you can’t say God or Jesus, in school, or the public square. We can no longer use pronouns, assign gender, or even species. Try watching any TV show, or movie, with your kids or parents without first screening it. Pop music is off the charts evil. They are teaching your grade school kids sex ed, and lgbtq as yound as kindergarten. Demon trannies at public libraries are reading lgbt nursury rhimes to 4 and 5 year olds. Do you get it? This isn’t fixable! Not by us. Give up your guns if you want to, but I am 100% sure we will need them soon.

  6. After decades of dems, rinos, leftists, socialists, communists,etc., destroying education, industry, finance, medicine, Pharma, Agra, Military, passing illegal laws, running all types of actions to cause people to say they will give up freedom for a little safety are acting like sheeple.
    These so called servants and agencies think all will lay down give up our rights will realize when they start a civil war for total gun confiscation it will be the end of many and we will fight till we have regained or this nation is left in ruins…
    It is their move and these leftists will realize they have bitten off way more than they can chew…

  7. If you don’t like guns DON’T BUY ONE. Go to a gun-free zone and stay there. Get shot. But don’t take my God-given right to own one.

    So far, the only ones getting shot seem to be in gun-free zones you idiots created.

    • NO ONE can “take your rights”, YOU can only surrender them. Cherish and DEFEND what GOD gave you. Time is up, choose a side.

  8. I have studied this topic for years. I’ve challenged my representatives in Congress and the State. I’ve issued the same challenge to the entire legislature, and the pretend pro-2nd groups. No takers so far.
    The 2nd Amendment has 27 words in it, and the first 13 are completely ignored by the pretend pro-2nd community, and those who are opposed to the People being armed.
    The purpose of the 2nd was to guarantee that the government could not disarm Militia. What is Militia? According to our Founders, and quoting the author of the amendment “The whole people.” It is not voluntary. It is not an arm of the military, and it has its own officers. It is a force of law, but it is not compelled to follow unconstitutional law, and has the only legitimate authority of arrest upon probable cause.
    So, today we have no legitimate Militia as the myriad of laws surrounding this aspect of our sovereignty. The vast majority actually believe that the National Guard is militia, and you can’t convince them that look here is the difference right here in the Constitution. The 2 are completely different entities and come under different sections of the Constitution.
    Without a change in the law, and combined with the outlandish stupidity of the general public, including so called constitutional experts, the government has managed to disarm the one entity “necessary to the security of a free State”.

  9. I don’t need to spout off statistics to people trying to take my guns. Hey author danama, are you trying to convince us to give gun-control groups authority over us that they do not have? I do not care how many people are killed in gun violence. I am a Porcupine to a Coyote. A Whitetail Deer to a Wolf. A Badger to a Bear. I am wise as a serpent and harmless as a dove, but if they try to kill us because of their satanic blood lust on 175,000,000 Americans, they will feel the pain of death.

  10. We have gone past the intellectualization of our rights supposedly guaranteed by our Constitution. It is now time to start taking stock of who is willing to put their lives on the line to secure our rights with led. I am stating point blank that I am willing to give up my life to secure our rights that came with life when we were born. Living as a slave to the state is not living, not by any stretch of the imagination. The state has always been a very bad manager because aggressive humans which work for the state believe it is their right to manipulate others which is a purely a self righteousness act backed by the state’s guns. Only guns will force the state back into its cage where it belongs. Remember my friends, History is always reported on in favor of the victors who demonize the opposition. I would hope that in this instance our American Patriots will be viewed as the heroes of the 21st Century, against the demonization of our Patriot Movement.

  11. This hysteria over guns in America has given opportunity to write government agencies and representatives with some common sense considerations. The criminal, hate filled, angry murderer chooses to use a gun to lash out at innocent victims on the pretense of solving their problem. Similar to TV shows and movies that solve all problems with guns, eliminating expendable citizens and demonstrating no feelings, no emotion nor any remorse over the destruction of innocent life. They will lash out at people who had nothing to do with their problem. The anti-gun people, filled with hate and contempt for gun owners, businesses and manufacturers, follow in the footsteps of the murdering killers who attack innocent school kids. They want to solve their problems by lashing out at innocent victims who had nothing to do with their pain or suffering. They want to get even. They want revenge. They want to hurt someone, anyone because someone hurt them. Rather than mobbing the murdering killer and hanging him up high, they don’t even talk about him. They don’t blame him. they don’t even consider his actions his own. He too, is a victim of the bigger enemy: the law-abiding, honest, tax paying, hard working citizens who served this country and have been loyal American citizens who committed no crimes against humanity and are basically, pretty harmless; but, they own a gun. The anti-gun people are part of the hate America groups who want to destroy the freedom and benefits of this great nation. The exorbitant spending, the excessive prolonged wars, the giving away money to illegals, terrorists, the shutting down industry and eliminating people’s ability to take care of themselves as well as the reduction of land use, environmental issues that drain pocketbooks and gather people into controllable groups, ALL contribute to breaking down this country’s strengths to bring us closer to dissolving America as a strong, stable world power Union, to create weaker people, weaker resolve to remain unified and an unstable society that requires military might and tyranny to control.
    The anti-American, anti-gun, anti-life, anti-private enterprise, anti-private property, anti-Christian, anti-Israel, etc.
    are all of the same amoral, vindictive, revenge filled hate that considers the loss of people who are in the way, just part of the price they pay to achieve their goals. Note too, they reject evidence and historical fact that proves their goals and their methods don’t work to achieve any utopian society they envision. Their belief in evolutionary development assures them that trying harder, putting more money into, being as sincere and enlightened as they think they are, will put to stop any of the rational, common sense, honest people who brought those blind, self absorbed freaks into the world. You can’t tell them any facts. And if you get one statistic a little off or if you have a typo, they will reject everything you say and consider you to be unreliable, lacking credibility.
    Anti- gun people hate with a vengeance. They hate and want to destroy anyone and any organization they can to prove their point. The NRA never killed any school kids but that doesn’t matter. They are labeled right along with terrorists. And the terrorists? They are given money, pandered, reclassified to only include small percentage who are never seen of and are always “over there across the ocean somewhere”.
    Remember to tell the anti-groups that they are doing exactly what the murderers had done to those school kids…lashing out to kill anybody who is innocent, free of guilt, honest, law abiding and who had nothing to do with their problem. Being unforgiving and seeking revenge against innocent life is as horrible a crime as murdering the school kids. Neither the kids nor the law abiding gun owners did anything to offend those hate groups wanting to destroy America. Tell your politicians; write to them and call them so their phone is off the hook. Keep them busy “hearing the good that American gun owners have done” and clearly express to them the character of those wanting to destroy you; you law abiding, honest tax paying gun owner. Bring it to the personal level…why are you wanting to destroy me? Ask the surviving parents why their hate is lashing out at you, who didn’t do anything to them?

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