Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) reacted to the Highland Park parade attack during a Monday press conference by suggesting America’s Founding Fathers would not support a “constitutional right to own an assault weapon.”
Many people might think that Pritzker knows something about the Constitution and the Founding Fathers. The Constitution was written and signed by the delegates to what we now call the Constitutional Convention that was held in Philadelphia in 1787. The document we know as the Constitution of the United States that was signed in Philadelphia, did not contain any reference to arms, or assault weapons.
As a part of the Constitution, Article VII, the final article of the Constitution, required that before the Constitution could become law and a new government could form, the document had to be ratified by nine of the thirteen states. The people said they would only ratify the Constitution if the rights of the people were more specified and more clearly defined.
In order for the Constitution to be ratified, it was agreed that a Bill of Rights would be added to the Constitution. The Constitution was ratified on June 21, 1788, and the Bill of Rights was ratified on December 15, 1791. That was in a time when politicians kept their promises.
The 2nd Amendment was a part of the Bill of Rights. It was the people who insisted they have the rights to bear arms. The 2nd Amendment says, “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.”
Yes, the people required that they be able to keep and bear arms. No specific type of arms was declared. The arms of that time would have been the same type of arms that were used by the Revolutionary Army to fight the British and secure liberty. Those would have been so called assault weapons when they were used in war.
It was not the Founding Fathers that insisted the 2nd Amendment be a part of the Constitution but the people. The arms the people insisted they be able to keep and bear, were the so-called assault weapons of that day.
There were differences however between then and now. The people were and insisted on being self-reliant and not government reliant. The people studied the Bible and incorporated its teachings into their daily lives. The people, including politicians, believed that you do what you say you would do. The people insisted that those who violated the liberties of others, such as life, liberty, and property, be denied their liberties as was dictated by natural law.
It was not the arms that were different, it was the politicians and the people that was different. The arms were still inanimate objects that could do nothing on their own, but the people were honorable, respectful of the liberties of others, and understood that the rights and liberties of law-abiding people must be protected while the rights and liberties of the unlawful must be removed. It was a different time.
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