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Gun Ownership A Natural Right, Not a Political One

2nd Amend.

Gun Ownership A Natural Right, Not a Political One

As the newly-elected Republicans get closer to assuming office in the House, Senate, and in gubernatorial offices around the country, it is important to remember that gun ownership is a natural right, not a political one.

In other words, although Second Amendment supporters should be thrilled that gun control candidates were trounced on November 4 2014, now is not the time to rest on our laurels. Rather, it is time to make sure incoming officeholders remember that our right to keep and bear arms comes to us via our Creator and not from government, so says Thomas Jefferson.

Jefferson expressed these things in the Declaration of Independence when he pointed to “certain unalienable rights” with which we have been endowed by our “Creator.” These rights include those guarded by the Second Amendment, as well as the others protected in the Bill of Rights. And previously reported, Jefferson described them as “unalienable” to show that they are inseparable from us—they are part of our humanity.

Oxford law professor William Blackstone greatly impacted Jefferson’s understanding of these things by describing unalienable rights as “absolute” rights. Blackstone explained that they were absolute because they came from him who is absolute, and that they were, are, and always will be, because the giver of those rights was, is, and always will be.

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