Defend2 is about exercising our 2nd Amendment right, and challenging laws that infringe the rights it grants.
The right to keep and bear arms (often referred to as the right to bear arms) is a right for people to possess weapons (arms) for their own defense. Only a few countries support the idea that their people have a right to keep and bear arms and protect it on a statutory level, and even fewer protect such a right on a constitutional level.
In the United States, self-defense is an affirmative defense that is used to justify the use of force by one person against another person under specific circumstances. In the U.S., the general rule is that “[a] person is privileged to use such force as reasonably appears necessary to defend him or herself against an apparent threat of unlawful and immediate violence from another.” In cases involving non-deadly force, this means that the person must reasonably believe that their use of force was necessary to prevent imminent, unlawful physical harm. When the use of deadly force is involved in a self-defense claim, the person must also reasonably believe that their use of deadly force is immediately necessary to prevent the other’s infliction of great bodily harm or death. Most states no longer require a person to retreat before using deadly force. In the minority of jurisdictions which do require retreat, there is no obligation to retreat when it is unsafe to do so or when one is inside one’s own home. – Taken From Wikipedia –
The late Justice Antonin Scalia wrote: “[There’s] the argument of flexibility and it goes something like this: The Constitution is over 200 years old and societies change. It has to change with society, like a living organism, or it will become brittle and break. But you would have to be an idiot to believe that; the Constitution is not a living organism; it is a legal document. It says some things and doesn’t say other things.”
Justice Clarence Thomas followed: “There are really only two ways to interpret the Constitution — try to discern as best we can what the Framers intended or make it up. No matter how ingenious, imaginative or artfully put, unless interpretive methodologies are tied to the original intent of the Framers, they have no basis in the Constitution. … To be sure, even the most conscientious effort to adhere to the original intent of the Framers of our Constitution is flawed, as all methodologies and human institutions are; but at least Originalism has the advantage of being legitimate and, I might add, impartial.”
Justice Scalia concluded: “If you think aficionados of a living constitution want to bring you flexibility, think again. … As long as judges tinker with the Constitution to ‘do what the people want,’ instead of what the document actually commands, politicians who pick and confirm new federal judges will naturally want only those who agree with them politically.”
The following was taken from: Not a Second Class Right: The Second Amendment Today by Nelson Lund;
In most American states, including many with large urban population centers, responsible adults have easy access to ordinary firearms, and they are permitted to carry them in public. Experience has shown that these policies do not lead to increased levels of violence. Criminals pay no more attention to gun control regulations than they do to laws against murder, rape, and robbery. Armed citizens, however, prevent countless crimes and have saved many lives. What’s more, the most vulnerable people—including women, the elderly, and those who live in high crime neighborhoods—are among the greatest beneficiaries of the Second Amendment. If the courts require the remaining jurisdictions to stop infringing on the constitutional right to keep and bear arms, their citizens will be more free and probably safer as well.
Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) on 2nd Amendment;
PROTECTING OUR SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS
The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution 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.” For me, what the Founders provided in these words is clear: the American people have the right to arm themselves and no law or government shall ever deprive us of this right.
Many people, when asked which amendment they think is most important, can quickly respond with an answer. Among those you would probably hear are the First Amendment, which guarantees free speech, the Fourth Amendment, which prohibits illegal search and seizure, and the Fifth Amendment, which provides due process to the accused. Others you might hear include the Thirteenth Amendment, which abolished slavery, and the Nineteenth Amendment, which guarantees the right to vote regardless of gender.
I have sworn an oath to protect and defend our Constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic, but the Second Amendment has always stood out to me as special. The Founders understood governments almost inevitably become more powerful over time, mostly at the expense of state and local governments and even by infringing on the rights of private citizens. They also understood a necessary step in the slide toward authoritarianism was the disarming of law-abiding citizens who could stand in the way of this consolidation of power.
As we respond to atrocities like the school shooting in Parkland, Florida – and we should – let us do so in a thoughtful way which does not compromise the American people’s Second Amendment rights. There are many ways for us as a nation to respond to these events, including improvements in community policing, training for teachers and staff to identify and respond to active shooters, and better security for our schools. Like many challenges we face, the best response is one which is carefully considered and widely supported. -Taken from: Column | Congressman Adrian Smith April 6, 2018 –
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