Joe Randomguy April 28, 2017
I was fortunate enough or unfortunate enough to attend the public hearing on HB-414 April 26th, 2017. It was another carefully crafted plan to show a mass of force to beg lawmakers to please not take their (law enforcement) tool (pistol permit) away. The stats prove it really is not an effective tool at all and it certainly is not the only tool. Actually they should have said, “Please do not take our money away?” Oh well a lot could be said about the arrogance I witnessed there and the childish actions of some.
When Jefferson County Sheriff Mike Hale was being interviewed on the sidewalk by a TV station I saw an officer drive by, look at the TV crew and Sheriff Hale, turn on the external speaker system in his tax payer paid for black pickup truck and proceed to act like a child as he made loud heckling noises in an attempt to disrupt the interview. Whoever you were sir you are a disgrace to decent LE. And you wonder why people are fed up. It is arrogant individuals like you that cause “we the people to say enough is enough!”
What I heard coming out of the mouth of Representative Mary Moore caused me to think about how far our nation and state has fallen. You could tell by the looks on the other representatives faces that they wish she would just shut up. She embarrassed them that bad I believe.
Her pompous arrogance toward gun owners was evident as well as her dislike for Sheriff Mike Hale.
You know the old saying I am sure, “It’s better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than open it and remove all doubt.”
Here is what she said that removed all doubt as to what I think:
“We do not have the right every citizen to carry a gun. The meaning has been misinterpreted. The second amendment starts out by saying that if you are a part of a well-regulated militia then you have the right to bear arms. The history behind the second amendment is that when the second amendment came about slave trading had just gotten so huge in the United States. In most cases the plantation might have three or four hundred slaves and the surrounding community might have been less than the population on a plantation. During that time you would have more and more slave uprisings and in order for the community to protect themselves they were “allowed” to form some type of militia to maintain the law and to protect the citizens around the plantations.”
Representative Moore went on to say “We need to acknowledge what the second amendment says. It does not say that every citizen has the right to bear arms. It says if you are a part of a well-regulated militia then you have the right to bear arms.”
Since you took it upon yourself to “school” us on the second amendment let me take this opportunity to take you to school.
The truth is:
The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution states: “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.” The reference to a “well regulated” militia, conjures up a connotation at odds with the meaning intended by the Framers. In today’s English, the term “well regulated” implies heavy and intense government regulation. However, that conclusion is erroneous.
The words “well regulated” had a far different meaning at the time the Second Amendment was drafted. In the context of the Constitution’s provisions for Congressional power over certain aspects of the militia, and in the context of the Framers’ definition of “militia,” government regulation was not the intended meaning. Rather, the term meant only what it says, that the necessary militia be well regulated, but not by the national government.
To determine the meaning of the Constitution, one must start with the words of the Constitution itself. If the meaning is plain, that meaning controls. To ascertain the meaning of the term “well regulated” as it was used in the Second Amendment, it is necessary to begin with the purpose of the Second Amendment itself. The overriding purpose of the Framers in guaranteeing the right of the people to keep and bear arms was as a check on the standing army, which the Constitution gave the Congress the power to “raise and support.”
As Noah Webster put it in a pamphlet urging ratification of the Constitution, “Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom in Europe.” George Mason remarked to his Virginia delegates regarding the colonies’ recent experience with Britain, in which the Monarch’s goal had been “to disarm the people; that