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Obama White House: "The Second Amendment gives citizens the right to bear arms."

Obama White House: "The Second Amendment gives citizens the right to bear arms."

By Martin Hill

July 22, 2013


Perusing the White House website, the Obama Adminstration has a page on The Constitution which contains a strikingly warped view of the 10 Amendments. It lists the Bill of Rights but oddly, doesn't list the actual text of the Amendments but rather a creative 'description' of each of them.

It starts out good, saying that the Constitution "is the source of all government powers, and also provides important limitations on the government that protect the fundamental rights of United States citizens."
However, by the time it gets to the 2nd Amendment the text at whitehouse.gov states "The Second Amendment gives citizens the right to bear arms."

In reality, the Constitution doesn't "give us our rights" at all/ Our rights are inherent, and the Constitution was intended to restrain government. Thankfully there are a number of well-known writers and pundits who promote a proper view and understanding of the Bill of Rights, to counter the government and establishment media propaganda.

As Jacob Hornberger of the Future of Freedom Foundation aptly explains,

The Constitution Doesn't Give Rights to Anyone, including Americans

"...the Constitution doesn't give anyone, including Americans, any rights, nor does it purport to. Instead, the purpose of the document is to prohibit the federal government, including the U.S. military, from infringing upon or interfering with people's preexisting rights. In other words, people's rights don't come from government or from documents that bring government into existence. They come from nature and God. They exist independently of government and the Constitution. That is, even if there were no federal government and no Constitution, people would still have their natural, God-given rights. Such rights preexist government."

2004 Libertarian presidential candidate and Constitutional scholar
Michael Badnarik
, in his book Good to be King, states "I define a right as something you can do without asking for permission. The opposite of a right, therefore, is something you cannot do without asking
for permission." Badnarik provides a free download of his chapter 'Rights vs. Privileges', in which he states "The most important concept in this book is the difference between rights and privileges. For that reason, this chapter can be downloaded from my web site at no charge, and may be reproduced and distributed without written permission, as long as it is copied intact and without modification.1 A right is defined by Black's Law Dictionary as "a power, privilege, (sic) faculty, or demand, inherent in one person and incident upon another - the powers of free action." Please note that rights are "inherent" in a person. This means that it is physically impossible for rights to be extracted from a person by any means."

Ron Paul, in his
farewell speech to Congress
, stated "Our Constitution, which was intended to limit government power and abuse, has failed." The Appendix to Paul's book Liberty Defined lists THE TEN PRINCIPLES OF A FREE SOCIETY, beginning with number one: "Rights belong to individuals, not groups; they derive from our nature and can neither be granted nor taken away by government."

Judge Andrew Napolitano, in his article No More Asking for permission to speak, explains
"Our right to exercise the freedom of speech comes from our humanity, not from the government."
In Guns and Freedom,
Napolitano writes "As we have been created in the image and likeness of God the Father, we are perfectly free just as He is. Thus, the natural law teaches that our freedoms are pre-political and come from our humanity and not from the government, and as our humanity is ultimately divine in origin, the government, even by majority vote, cannot morally take natural rights away from us... The historical reality of the Second Amendment's protection of the right to keep and bear arms is not that it protects the right to shoot deer. It protects the right to shoot tyrants, and it protects the right to shoot at them effectively, thus, with the same instruments they would use upon us."

Napolitano also poins out that Obama Doesn't Believe in the 2nd Amendment and that the Second Amendment Was Written To Protect Right To Shoot Tyrants Not Skeet Shooting

James Bovard, in his book Freedom In Chains explains "The notion of the citizen's inviolable right to liberty - the underlying principle of the Declaration of Independence - has practically vanished from the American political landscape. Attorney General Janet Reno, in a 1995 speech vindicating federal action at Waco, informed a group of federal law enforcement officers: "You are part of a government that has given its people more freedom... than any other government in the history of the world." Reno's portrayal of freedom as a gift from the government epitomizes the shift in American political thinking away from the individual and towards the State as the fount of all good and all rights. If freedom is a gift from the government to the people, then government can take freedom away at its pleasure."

You can also check out this interesting DailyPaul thread, What is a Right?

Martin Hill is a Catholic paleoconservative and civil rights advocate. His work has been featured in the Los Angeles Daily News, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, The Orange County Register, KNBC4 TV Los Angeles, The Press Enterprise, LewRockwell.com, WhatReallyHappened.com, Infowars.com, PrisonPlanet.com, Economic Policy Journal, FreedomsPhoenix, Haaretz, TMZ, Veterans Today, Jonathan Turley blog, The Dr. Katherine Albrecht Show, National Motorists Association, RomanCatholicReport.com, Republic Broadcasting Network, WorldNetDaily, OverdriveOnline.com, Educate-Yourself.org, Dr. Kevin Barrett's Truth Jihad radio show, Strike-The-Root.com, ActivistPost.com, Los Angeles Catholic Lay Mission Newspaper, KFI AM 640, IamtheWitness.com, Redlands Daily Facts, BlackBoxVoting, The Michael Badnarik Show, The Wayne Madsen Report, Devvy.com, Rense.com, The Contra Costa Times, Pasadena Star News, Silicon Valley Mercury News, Long Beach Press Telegram, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, L.A. Harbor Daily Breeze, CopBlock.org, DavidIcke.com, Whittier Daily News, KCLA FM Hollywood, The Fullerton Observer, Antiwar.com, From The Trenches World Report, and many others. Archives can be found at LibertyFight.com and DontWakeMeUp.Org.

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Honestly I disagree with the notion that the Constitution does not give powers but limits them. I think that is an extremely dangerous idea, and a total misconception from the original intent of our Constitution. It actually does expressly provide a succinct list of all the things our Federal Government is supposed to be empowered with. Things like the Bill of Rights, which are used to "limit" power, get away from the fundamental idea that the government is simply not supposed to do ANYTHING unless it's listed expressly in the Constitution.

As far as citizens go however, this is correct, the Constitution does not grant rights, those are ours to begin with.

All good information, but

All good information, but it's kind of "preaching to the choir" here.

I recommend posting that information as far and wide as possible to on-the-fence and freedom-hostile web sites for maximum effect.

id love to go back in time

And sit in on one of professor obama's constitution classes. Any videos or lectures of one of his classes that anyone knows of?

That's the weird thing, isn't

That's the weird thing, isn't it? For a guy who rapidly rose to his position, the only really publicly visible thing I knew about him was his DNC speech before he was considered to fill the slot.

Who took his classes? Where are photos and videos of such an outgoing fellow? Where is the documentation? I've seen one web site that has a few recollections of him as a kid, student and during college, but it is all remarkably tepid stuff.

All of his history is sealed!

We'll find out the truth about the usurper in about 3 generations

"It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere".

It's hard not to be a menace to society when half the population is happy on their knees. - unknown

"The Second Amendment gives citizens the right to bear arms."

"The Second Amendment gives citizens the right to bear arms."

What is given will be taken away.

Each and every one of us, ALL Americans, should FLOOD the whitehouse, ALL reps, etc., not asking that it be corrected, but DEMANDED!!!!

"What if the American people learn the truth" - Ron Paul