Quick Question

I don’t know if this is a real poll with real results or not, but it’s a great example of how loaded polls happen. This is how mentalities change from “we have natural rights, inherent to human beings” to “laws and governments GIVE us rights.” Short term goal: good – we have this right to keep and bear arms. Long term result… Not. So. Much.

quick question

The Second Amendment gives us nothing. Our rights exist. Our right to life. Our right to property. And by extension, our right to protect our life and property in the most effective way possible. That right is not given to us. That right exists, and whether governments recognize it, infringe upon it or whether we allow them to do so does not negate their existence.

The Second Amendment recognizes an existing right and strives to protect it from government attempts to violate it.

By asking the question in a manner that implies this right is somehow granted by the law instead of protected by it, leads the respondent to answer in a manner that reinforces the idea that fundamental rights are given, instead of being protected by the law.


We are lucky to live in a nation where the basic Law of the Land recognizes our basic rights and protects them from government infringement. The Second 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.” It says government cannot infringe against this right, not that government somehow grants it. It is a right that is pre-existing, and government has no authority to treat it as a privilege.

It shall not be infringed. It is a right. And it exists.

And I resent media attempts to somehow change the parameters to transform this right into something that is given by a piece of paper written by man.

7 responses

  1. Indeed. But the Amendment is important as it serves as a distillation 2500 years of western thought put into the law of the land. Behind it is Natural Law derived from such work as the Thomistic take on Classical Greek logic and the Bible along with the work of countless political philosophers and statesmen from Plato to Rousseau and Locke. The founders understood this when they placed it in the Bill of Rights. It is more than words on paper but the point is appreciated for that very reason.


  2. Which is precisely why I do NOT recognize the government’s “right” to grant me “permission” to carry a weapon whenever I believe it’s prudent to do so…period. CCW permits are NOT legal, in my opinion, because they are attempts by government to ASSERT the right to grant me permission to keep and bear arms…a right the government doesn’t have because it grants the government the absolute right to infringe on MY rights by denying them to me–either arbitrarily or for some trumped-up “cause.”


  3. All of my rights are endowed by Nicki Fellenzer.

    Be kind to me, my queen.🙂


    1. Rowr. That’s kind of HAWT!


  4. 🙂


  5. Yeah, the wording of that poll brought pretty much that exact mental rant when I saw it. Didn’t see a link anywhere to apply the rant to the nitwits who wrote it, though.


    1. I saw a photo of it, and I grabbed it. That’s why I said I wasn’t sure if this was a real poll or not. No link, unfortunately, but this is not the first time I’ve seen that type of wording in a poll.


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