Letter: Second Amendment protects our rights

We, the people, have come to a crossroads, where we need to decide if we are going to be a nation that follows the law or a nation where the mob rules. This is apparent when members of Congress and the president are debating how to enact gun controls.

We have a law, a very eloquent one that 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.” This is the Second Amendment to the Constitution.

There are two very important words in this law: infringed and arms. “Infringed” means to act so as to limit or undermine. “Arms” means weapons and ammunition. These two words are critical, because the Second Amendment prevents the government from limiting or undermining the right of the people to keep and bear weapons and ammunition.

You see, the Senate (or House of Representatives) considering gun control legislation is not lawful. They are not allowed to limit our rights as citizens to keep and bear weapons and ammunition. Thus, any legislation passed by the Senate (or House) or any executive orders enacted by the president regarding gun control violate the Second Amendment, and any judge should automatically rule these gun control laws as unconstitutional.

However, there is a lawful way to change the Second Amendment to allow-gun-control laws. This could be accomplished (following the law) as stated in Article V of the Constitution: In the U.S. Congress, both the House of Representatives and the Senate could approve by a two-thirds supermajority vote a joint resolution amending the Constitution. Amendments so approved do not require the signature of the president of the United States and are sent directly to the states for ratification.

Yet, even given the clarity of the Second Amendment, the Senate and president are forging ahead with potential gun controls. Why? Because “We, the people,” have forgotten (or were never taught) the rule of law. Gun-control legislative actions are a reaction to recent horrendous events, actions being driven by emotion rather than reason. This is mob rule. Mobs are notorious for taking irrational action based on emotion, rather than making rational decisions.

If you want to enact gun-control laws, then you must do it by the letter of the law, starting with changing the Second Amendment. For those of you who think the Constitution is outdated and should be ignored, our Founding athers took up arms to combat tyranny from those who governed them. They then wrote the Second Amendment to allow us to take up arms if tyranny ever arises in those who govern us.

Karl Duckworth

chemical engineer

Denham Springs