Multiple people were killed today in Roseburg, Oregon.
God bless their loved ones, as well as all those who were injured. I can only imagine the heartache and terror they feel.
Almost immediately, political voices began clamoring for more gun control. In light of this tragedy, a couple of thoughts have come to mind.
Follow the Constitution
“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.” – Amendment 2
This means that the government shall not infringe on the rights of the people to keep and bear arms so that they can be trained and prepared to defend themselves from enemies both foreign and domestic at a moment’s notice. This does not refer strictly to enlisted military personnel. This refers to regular American citizens, both in private and in public. It especially means that Americans must be prepared to defend themselves from a tyrannical government—even their very own. We had to do it during the revolutionary war. We must always be prepared to preserve our liberty and defend our constitution, even when our very own leaders seem to trample it under their feet.
Umpqua Community College’s policy was as follows: “Possession, use, or threatened use of firearms (including but not limited to BB guns, air guns, water pistols, and paint guns) ammunition, explosives, dangerous chemicals, or any other objects as weapons on college property, except as expressly authorized by law or college regulations, is prohibited.” Dana Loesch Some have reported that people could obtain written permission to carry a concealed gun, but only on the grounds outside the buildings. My first question is this: isn’t amendment 2 all the written permission we need? Also, I feel the Constitution makes it very clear that I can defend myself both outside and inside a college campus building, without asking for special permission.
I believe that UCC’s policy is unconstitutional, because it prohibits possession in a public place. In other words, it infringes on the right to “keep and bear arms.” No public institution should be able to remove from Americans their God-given right to bear arms with which to defend themselves. Had more people at that college felt able—and desired—to exercise their constitutional right to keep and bear arms, maybe no one would have died there today. I’m not blaming them. I’m not trying to make them feel guilty. No one could have guessed that today would be their last. But America has a chance to avoid these tragedies in the future. The answer is a deeper devotion to the constitution.
Our country needs to reverse course with gun control. We need more citizens carrying, not fewer. We need more gun training, not less. We need smarter arms-bearing, not more timid. We need better support for law enforcement, not the anti-cop sentiment we get from some Americans and politicians looking to score political points. In short, we need America. We need the America that was meant to be: a God respecting and constitution loving people of liberty and justice.
It is hard to take any politician seriously who expresses concern for mass-murder when they, just in the days and weeks previous, expressed their unyielding support for abortion. Consider this:
If America wants to start to see less of death and terror, we need to show more concern for the sanctity of life. Let’s start by protecting the constitutional right of every baby yet in the womb to live. Let’s add to that the unleashing of the constitutional right of every observant American to keep and bear arms for their own protection.