Biden came out today and said that President Obama may act alone with a series of executive orders to combat gun control. Maybe you think that is a good thing, maybe you think it’s a bad thing. In either case I think an executive order on gun control would result in an interesting discussion as related to the second amendment.
The Second Amendment
I hate it when people say that the 2nd Amendment is “the right to bear arms.” That’s just not true.
The “right” to bear arms is not a right granted by the Government. At least the founding fathers didn’t believe that. They believed that the right to defend yourself – including the right to have a weapon was a natural right.
What the 2nd Amendment actually does is outlaw any attempt by the Government to take away this natural law (i.e., no outlawing Guns). Let’s read the amendment:
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.
The Amendment says “the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” Meaning the right to bear arms, which we have naturally, cannot be taken away by the Government or anyone else.
Executive Orders and Gun Control
I doubt that Obama will even think about issuing an Executive Order outright banning any weapons, but just the fact we are having the conversation is curious. Executive Orders always reek of forced unapproved policy.
More likely Obama will make getting a gun more difficult. Perhaps increase the requirements documentation, background checks, etc. – I’m not sure what I think about that yet, but i do know it is an interesting phenomena when any leader starts issuing executive orders on issues that do not involve an emergency or war.
Why not let the congress handle it? Does President Obama think he knows better than the elected officials of the very people these congressmen and women represent? I do not agree or like the idea of executive orders when it comes to things like this – it is more akin to a dictatorship than a presidency.
If the majority of the people truly believe in an issue let them voice their concern to congressman and pass a law the old fashioned way. Let the political system work! Even if the President is absolutely right, he’s wrong.
In principal going above the heads of elected representatives is bad medicine.