NY Times: If You Think The 2nd Amendment Is There To Protect You From Government, You’re Un-American
Here’s Stanley Fish, writing an op-ed for the far left NY Times:
Is the N.R.A. Un-American?
The more militant members of the N.R.A. and most of its leaders may be un-American.
By “militant” I don’t mean those who wish to protect recreational shooting and hunting; nor do I mean those who, like Justice Antonin Scalia, believe that there is a constitutional right to defend one’s home and family with firearms. These are respectable positions (although I am deeply unpersuaded by the second). I mean those who read the Second Amendment as proclaiming the right of citizens to resist the tyranny of their own government, that is, of the government that issued and ratified the Constitution in the first place.
The reason this view may be un-American is that it sets itself against one of the cornerstones of democracy – the orderly transfer of power. A transfer of power is orderly when it is effected by procedural rules that are indifferent to the partisan, ideological affiliations of either the party exiting power or the party taking power. A transfer is disorderly when it is effected by rebellion, invasion, military coup or any other use of force.
Most who believe in the 2nd Amendment and understand its roots are simply un-American, per the Far Left. The entire purpose of the 2nd was to make sure citizens were able to have firearms in order to deal with all threats, both foreign and domestic. To resist tyranny, both foreign and domestic. The Framers were very much worried about the power of government, both foreign and domestic, hence they made sure citizens would be able to have firearms, making this the 2nd amendment included in the Bill of Rights. Liberals do not like this, because a disarmed citizenry is a docile citizenry.
So, they deem that the NRA and its supporters, and those who aren’t but still are 2nd Amendment supporters, are now un-American. Certainly we are, in terms of what this great country has become. Our rights are eroded daily. Our citizens are left to die in far off lands while the president heads off to a campaign event. The IRS abuses its power. The DOJ seizes journalist phone records. They spy on citizens electronic communications. HHS abuses religious organizations. The hit parade goes on and on. Ask for redress of grievance? Brother, good luck with that. Government thinks you work for them, not the other way around.