Marijuana & the 2nd AmendmentSubmitted by andersonone on Mon, 01/06/2014 - 17:03
How can you support my possession of a dangerous weapon but not my possession of a substance that makes me less likely to use it? It’s a question that needs to be answered by every pro-2nd amendment sheriff, pastor, politician and citizen who associate themselves with the conservative movement.
I’m not going to bring up numbers, statistics or studies. This is a very simple issue. Guns kill. Marijuana chills. Oh, and by the way, I’m probably one of the biggest gun rights proponents out there. The 2nd amendment has nothing to do with hunting, more guns lower the crime rate and it’s crucial that the people own guns to keep a tyrannical government in check. That is what I truly believe.
Now to the topic of marijuana. Whether you’ve used it or not doesn’t matter. We are talking about rights here. Rights of the people vs. interests of the government. When you understand that the government is largely bought and paid for by corporations (including the pharmaceutical industry) you can figure out why they’d be interested in keeping it illegal. At some level, you need to get to the point where you agree that people have the right to treat their own medical ailments. Back to rights. Crap. Kind of like the rights people have to defend their home and loved ones with a firearm. Believing that you have to go to the doctor to feel better would be like believing that you need to go out and find a cop to defend your family while a burglar is kicking in the door. I used the words “feel better” for a reason. I think we can agree that most medications prescribed today are intended to help us “feel better” about our condition, not put an end to the condition itself. The people at the top of the pharmaceutical industry aren’t stupid. You are worth a lot more money sick than you are healthy and they can prescribe you a lot more anti-depressant and anti-anxiety medications if you’re not using marijuana. You’re not going to use marijuana unless you feel like you need it. Just like you’re not going to go to the doctor unless you feel like you need to. And do I even need to bring up the issue of side effects? Consume some marijuana and you may feel somewhat loopy…I don’t have enough room to list all the side effects from what we consider “conventional” medications but I’m pretty sure I’ve heard death mentioned on some of those TV ads.
But let’s get back on topic. If you haven’t made the connection between the 2nd Amendment, marijuana legalization and rights yet then maybe you never will. You might not want to. You may be perfectly happy fighting for your right to own a firearm but not for the right of someone who wants to fire one up to feel better about losing his job. It’s a selfish thought process when we exalt our rights over the rights of others. Even if there was no 2nd Amendment you would still have the right to have a gun to defend yourself. You don’t get your rights from the government. You get them from God. Whether or not you agree with someone using marijuana doesn’t matter. Plenty of people don’t agree with you owning a weapon.
The point is this: You cannot legislate your beliefs on other people and expect different treatment for yourself. Responsible gun owners have more in common with responsible marijuana users than either side can fathom. We cannot allow the media or politicians to pit us against each other in a struggle for rights. We must acknowledge that all rights are equal as long as me exercising my rights doesn’t infringe on you exercising yours.