Sunday, October 18, 2009

The right to bear arms

From Freedom Watch

"The Constitution shall never be construed to authorize Congress to infringe the just liberty of the press or the rights of conscience; or to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms."

- Samuel Adams

From the Future of Freedom Foundation

Friday, October 16, 2009

The right of a citizen to bear arms, in lawful defense of himself or the State, is absolute. He does not derive it from the State government. It is one of the "high powers" delegated directly to the citizen, and is excepted out of the general powers of government. A law cannot be passed to infringe upon or impair it, because it is above the law, and independent of the lawmaking power.
Cockrum v. State [1859]


Anonymous said...

Ah, but does that mean he can take his arms anywhere he wants with not restraint?

It is one thing to own a weapon and keep it in your house. It is another to expect to take that weapon anywhere you want regardless of the other person's interest in keeping your weapon out of their establishment.

Jim Fedako said...

11:24 --

In an ethical society, no one could take arms onto another's property without approval.

But we live in a world that assumes rights to the property of others -- very unethical, to say the least.

Anonymous said...

An armed society is a civil one. The proof is in the stats.

Class A license owners, for the most part (there are always exceptions), in "Open Carry" jurisdictions who openly carry understand and respect the "public" vs. "private" aspect of open carry. It's their responsibility and most don't abuse it because state and local laws can be amended to forbid it.

My neighbor openly carries on his property, and seeing him do so doesn't bother me a bit. In fact, I admire his guts to do so because of how "hoity-toity" our neighborhood is (lots of snooty, young professionals). He's not in LE (he's a statistician).