I just watched an interesting video that came up in my feed. I will share it here, along with some clarifying points. It is on Facebook, so if you do not have that you will not be able to see it.
Video here – https://fb.watch/gDKYk7vtDN/
The GOP Rep in the video is absolutely correct. There is a distinct difference between fully automatic firearms and semi-automatic firearms. However, he is playing into the commies terminology when he uses the phrase “weapons of war.” That phrase has allowed them, with RINOs and constitutionally illiterate members of GOP to progressively disarm Americans for generations now. The commies almost always state that the Second Amendment does not cover the citizens’ right to keep and bear arms that meet the ever changing definition of a “weapon of war.” That is a LIE!
At the time of the passage of the Bill of Rights, and up until this day, our Constitution grants only the Congress the enumerated power to declare war. The Executive and Judicial Branches were not granted this power by the states. ONLY the legislative branch. The branch of government that is closer to the people than the other two.
I’ll cite the exact clause from Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution – “To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water;”
Interesting wording there that is not talked about much. What exactly is a Letter of Marque and Reprisal? Who exactly received such a letter from Congress, and what would be the need? Lets break that down a bit and then examine how our government is lying about the right to keep and bear arms. Including arms that are considered “weapons of war.”
First, what is a Letter of Marque and Reprisal? Here is a common definition – A letter of marque and reprisal (French: lettre de marque; lettre de course) was a government license in the Age of Sail that authorized a private person, known as a privateer or corsair, to attack and capture vessels of a nation at war with the issuer. Our Constitution and Bill of Rights were written during the time period considered to be the “Age of Sail.”
More interesting words there. A government license to a “private person.” Meaning not a member of the (at the time) Army or Navy. Just why would the states grant the federal government the power to issue Letters of Marque and Reprisal? Well, at that time private persons were often better armed than the Continental Army and Navy. Just what were they armed with? Why, weapons of war of course.
So, when you hear any member of the ruling elite, the new aristocracy, state that the Second Amendment was never meant for the people to keep and bear arms that are weapons of war, know that they are lying to you.
The states, when adding that to the Bill of Rights (it was the second thing they wrote), it was put there with the understanding that the people should always retain the ability to – as stated in our Declaration of Independence “That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it…”
The Founding Fathers knew of the possibility that existed that the central, or federal, government would begin to centralize all power into a tyrannical style of government. The Second Amendment ensured that the people would always possess the means necessary to alter or abolish that government.
Another interesting fact is that the power to issue Letters of Marque and Reprisal is still one of Congress’ enumerated powers. They has been no effort to amend that enumerated power, and for good reason. Now, the government that hates us just nibbles around the edges of our rights, with made up words and terminology, in order to remove the citizens’ ability to alter or abolish them.
The federal government is enabled in this endeavor by weak state governments that do not push back on the erosion of our constitutionally protected rights. That needs to change.
Will the voters of TN House District 12 take a Stand in the Arena with me to out government back into it’s constitutionally limited role?