Do Rights Matter Anymore?

For years we’ve seen the Left’s assault on the Second Amendment.  The arguments are always the same: you don’t “need” that many rounds.  You don’t “need” this type of gun or that type of gun.  The Second Amendment doesn’t cover modern technology, only flintlocks and muzzle-loaders from an era long since past.

As if the words “the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed” truly mean “the right to keep and bear arms shall be infringed if we say it’s the right thing to do.”

Now, a Massachusetts politician wants to take it one step further, by using violations of the Second Amendment as justification to violate the Fourth Amendment.

The Second Amendment provides the American people the ability to defend themselves, whether from burglars, rapists, muggers, thieves, or tyrants.  The Fourth Amendment provides yet further protection against tyranny by restricting the government from barging into our homes or searching our persons without cause.  This protection is already on tenuous grounds, as government agents can stop and search people for just about any reason these days.  Want to fly on a plane? That now is probable cause for an invasive body scan and search.  If you happen to be driving down the wrong street at the wrong time, you can be questioned, and possibly searched.  Recent cases have come to light in New Mexico where police used an unreliable drug-sniffing dog as justification to perform invasive medical procedures on people they “suspected” of smuggling drugs.

And now, if you exercise your Second Amendment rights, some government officials want to interpret that as cause to violate your Fourth Amendment rights.

The idea has been floated before – many states and municipalities have laws and regulations regarding safe storage of firearms, but in many cases these laws and regulations are unenforceable until after an incident has occurred or a violation is reported.  The proposed solution?  Law enforcement officers should be able to enter any gun owner’s home at any time to inspect your guns, check your storage methods, and arrest you & confiscate your firearms if you are not in compliance.

But there is a problem: simply owning a gun is not probable cause for millions of Americans’ privacy rights to be wantonly violated – just like buying a plane ticket is not probable cause to be X-rayed and searched, and driving down a street is not probable cause to be stopped and questioned at a checkpoint…and yet, too many Americans have ceded their rights for little reason other than the government says that they should.

We cannot afford to sell out more and more of our rights to a government that seems intent on controlling every aspect of our lives.  If we give up our rights on small things, it is only a matter of time before we will have no rights at all.

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When they came for the guns, I didn’t speak out, for I did not own a gun…then they came for me, and there was no one left to defend my rights.
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