COMMENTARY: On gun rights and the Second Amendment

Frederick Su

By Frederick Su
For the Northwest Asian Weekly

Following the Sandy Hook shootings, gun control is back on the books, with Obama and like-minded people pushing for an “assault weapons” ban. They decry such weapons as high-capacity, high-powered arms designed to specifically kill people, implying the 2nd Amendment is for hunting.

Yes, weapons kill. That is their purpose. For good, they kill other animals for meat and kill criminals, enemies, terrorists, or tyrants and their soldiers. America was born and remains free through force of arms. Realize, too, pacifists live by the grace of warriors.

Think “assault weapons” (semiautomatic rifles) don’t have a defensive purpose for civilians? Think again. In April 1992, Korean business owners armed themselves with AR-15s and AK-47s in South Central Los Angeles when riots occurred following the acquittal of four white policemen in the Rodney King beating. Businesses were being burned to the ground and police were nowhere to be found. As Richard Rhee said, “Burn this down after 33 years? This is my market and I’m going to protect it.”

The 2nd Amendment is not about hunting. It was framed because the colonists had fought a war against tyranny. Tyrants confiscate weapons. General Gage, Commander-in-Chief of the British Forces in North America, had confiscated weapons from citizens in Boston and then later tried to confiscate arms and ammunition in Concord and Lexington in April 1775. That ignited the Revolutionary War. If hunting is implied at all, then the implication is to hunt tyrants and their minions.

Another specious claim by liberals is that the Founders would never have allowed semiautomatic rifles to be owned by private citizens. Well, consider this. King George’s redcoats are coming down the road intent on pillaging and killing colonists in an attempt at subjugation. Wow! Should the colonist go get his bow and arrow or should he get the most up-to-date weapon he can so as to repulse this attack and, hopefully, survive?

The founding generation spent blood and lives fighting tyranny. They wanted to ensure that the progeny of their genes would remain a free people and that their ideas would become a beacon of freedom to the world.

Hence, the Constitution was born, the greatest document ever conceived by man. The Founders were touched by God. The 2nd Amendment provides teeth for all the other rights in the Bill of Rights.

A recent New York law, pushed by Governor Andrew Cuomo (D), requires registration of assault weapons.

Cuomo favors gun confiscation. If that occurs, many liberals, like Cuomo, mistakenly expect American gun owners to relinquish their guns, as the citizens of the U.K. and Australia did. The liberals will be abetted by the news media, who will show Joe Gunowner turning in his weapons, making America a safer place.

Not so. Many American gun owners hold the 2nd Amendment near and dear to their hearts, a principle they will fight and die for. If gun confiscation becomes law, three things can happen. One, nothing changes because the law cannot be enforced. Two, if enforcement begins, civil strife will ensue, perhaps with martial law. (Think Prohibition—and alcohol wasn’t even guaranteed by the Bill of Rights — with its black market and widespread lawlessness.) America will now have become a more dangerous place, not only for gun owners, but also for the general population at large, as well as for law enforcement personnel, the National Guard, and the military—the latter three who will be tasked with enforcement. Though all of the latter three have sworn an oath to the Constitution, including the 2nd Amendment, there will always be myrmidons. Third, in the worst case scenario, civil war will erupt. Last time, 600,000 Americans died.

As Larry Correia wrote in his WordPress gun-rights blog, “How many of your fellow Americans are you willing to have killed in order to bring about your utopian vision of the future?”

We can work to reduce gun violence by imprisoning criminals, executing convicted murderers, institutionalizing violently unstable people, and arming teachers. We don’t need to make more gun laws, thus making the uber-majority of gun owners criminals.

Gun control advocates had best tread carefully. Many New York gun owners have blogged that they will not register their assault weapons under Cuomo’s new law. So, the ball is in Cuomo’s court.

America, overall, is a safe, peaceful place. The idealistic vision of registering, banning, and confiscating weapons to make America safer may, instead, slide us down a slippery slope toward civil strife and, perhaps, civil war.

Please. Let’s step back from the abyss. (end)

Frederick Su is an ex-Marine of the Vietnam era, holds a Ph.D. in physics, and is the author of An American Sin, a novel about an Asian American and Vietnam. He is also an NRA member, characterizing the NRA as “The greatest civil rights organization in the world.”

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  2. RFalls says:

    I’ve read every post with great interest. I have some personal opinions about what is going to happen. First off, I’m beginning to feel I’m gonna die one way or the other. I’m 63 and disabled, and I mean badly disabled. So since ObamaCare has been passed and we couldn’t get it defunded I feel I will not be allowed to be fixed the next time anyway. So with that said & done.. Try to think logically. We talk boldly about not letting our guns go. I don’t think it will make a bit of difference for so many of us as I know I can’t stand alone. I live out in the Country and no one around me has any will or guts to stand up and fight. BO has us signed up with the UN Peace Treaty that if the Senate ratifies which I’m beginning to think our Congress for the majority is gutless yellow streaked people that have been offered jobs in the Socialist empire of the United States Nation, will happen. We know he has already asked many of our troops if they would be able to fire on their Countrymen and the answer was almost a resounding no. So, BO doesn’t have the back up he needs. So the Peace Treaty is passed and it will be the UN Troops that will come after your guns. As I was about to say about my neighbors and such if there isn’t anyone in a group that I could join then it would be fruitless for me to honestly say I would stand. A army of United Nations troops with all the equipment that has already been brought into the US for someone as evidenced by the train that a couple of journalist saw driving out of Colorado. It was very very long with all kinds of new military hardware, trucks, half tracks, tanks, humvees and I think the article said troop transports…. with the government buying 8 billion rounds of hollow point 40 cal ammo ??? What do you expect? So much else that if you have been reading and keeping up with all the happenings of BO and his administration, the fast and furious bit, Benghazi and our people being allowed to be killed while our commander was disposed. AND all this is going on the back burner as other stuff has been happening like the shootings going on in schools. It’s as if we are focused on other things that we forget so easily the horrors that has been taking place against the 2nd Amendment, our Constitution and the American People…. what the heck if going on.??? Wish we had a very large group of people that were formed up and had leadership to bring the people to bare against the Government… But I haven’t seen it. So anyway you look at it, if we don’t get things going.. WE ARE NOTHING. God Bless America

  3. Hans says:

    Listening to the British tabloid commentator Pierce Morgan on CNN there is no chance of armed revolt in America because the government controls numerous nuclear weapons and the American military is so mighty. His highly vetted audience delights in his witless remarks on cue but regardless one has to stop and say “What?” Nuke ourselves? Maybe he means a little, tiny almost imperceptible Liberal Nuke. You know, the kind of nuclear weapon with only a half of a half life.

    If that won’t work then there is the mighty American military and it certainly is. One of the best if not THE best in the world. I am sure the fine Americans that stand their posts will be just straining to unleash that mighty war machine on their families and friends all over the country to subdue those tarty little gun toters.

    Pierce! You are a GENIOUS no matter how latent.

    I’d say take a slow boat to China but they would probably just ship you back…..

  4. Frederick Su says:

    One of the great things about allowing comments online is that an author can give his/her reasoning for an opinion piece, which in this case, was limited to 750 words for the print edition (which carries over to the online edition) because of space considerations.

    For those who are interested, here is the reasoning for my op ed piece.

    It all started when I read Jenny Durkan’s Op Ed, 2.3.13, in the Seattle Times.

    Durkan, U.S. attorney for Western District of Washington, stands with Obama for an assault weapons ban, saying these “are not hunting weapons.” I was appalled that a lawyer, much less a U.S. attorney, had no fundamental concept of the 2nd Amendment, implying in her statement that the 2nd Amendment was for hunting!

    I immediately wrote a rebuttal op ed and sent it in to the Op Ed editor at the Seattle Times. I waited and waited and finally sent a reminder. The editor said, yes, she wanted to publish my rebuttal to “get my perspective.” A few days later, she changed her mind, saying that my piece was too violent. Now, mind you, I did not encourage or advocate violence. I only made the prediction that violence would result if gun confiscation occurs. I refused to rewrite the piece to tone it down, and thus pulled it from consideration. I then inquired at other major newspapers, and as you may have guessed, the mainstream media, mostly liberal, refused to publish it. Only a small, limited circulation newspaper, Northwest Asian Weekly, had the courage and journalistic integrity to publish my piece. While the editor at NWAW may not agree with my opinions, in a free society, he and the publisher recognize their role as a newspaper. That role is to put out both sides of an issue and let the readers decide. Unfortunately, nowadays, the big, mainstream media have failed miserably to honor that sacred obligation. I am thankful to NWAW.

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  6. The Second Amendment, as the rest of the Bill of Rights, is an acknowledgement of our natural born rights, not a granting. The entire Bill of Rights is about keeping the governments in their place. The Second Amendment is about the common person’s right to own weapons of war so that we can keep the governments in their place by keeping the ‘monopoly on force’ in the hands of the people where it belongs, as in ‘We the people.’ Remember that? It will not be infringed any further and the ‘gun laws’ in existence will be repealed. End of discussion.
    Guns don’t kill, governments do. Gun free zones are the problem, they allow armed criminals to kill. Arm the teachers, the administrators and the parents. Don’t allow the “Liberal”(commie) trash who control the so-called educational system to teach mindless pacifism that is ensconced in their arrogance of false civility.
    If we have violent criminals in prison who have been convicted of a crime and can’t be trusted with weapons why is the govt. turning them back out on the street? So they can point at them and say “See, the sheeple can’t be trusted with guns.” The ‘crime’ argument is a red herring.
    Time to repeal all of the ‘gun laws’ including GCA ‘68 and the NFA; Shut down the evil BATF Nazis and try them for treason, and murder where appropriate and distribute their retirement funds among their victims; Then enforce the Bill of Rights on places such as Commiefornia and New Yawk and Chigawgo and if necessary bring the troops home and have them restore Liberty here and remove Amerika’s natural born traitors in the process.
    Millions will dig the ditch they are told to dig then wet their pants when the machine gun bolts slam home and die stupidly wondering “How did this happen to me?” The tiny minority will have to do what will be required.
    It’s time to stop arguing over the culture war. It’s time to stop hunkering down for the apocalypse. It’s time to stop waiting to get beamed up. It’s time to start thinking Normandy.
    If you sit home waiting your turn you deserve to have your gun taken from your cold dead hands.
    The Founders didn’t wait for the Brits to knock down their doors. They gathered at the green and stood up like men and they killed government employees all the way back to Boston.
    What will you do when it’s time to hunt NWO hacks, republicrats and commies(“Liberals” and ‘progressives’)?
    Don’t understand? Go to willowtowndotcom and read the quotes page first. Then read my column “Prepping for Slavery.”

  7. Tom Paine says:

    Thank you for the most insightful article. Very well done. I will send the link to some of my friends and colleagues.

  8. Pete says:

    Thank you for such an eloquently and poignant article. Too many firearms owners point to the “leftist academia”. They need to read what a truly educated person has to write on the subject of the 2nd Amendment. Keep the fires burning Dr. Su.

  9. Joe says:

    Excellently written article to dispell the misinformation on the purpose of the 2nd amendment and what the consequences of abrogating the means to defend against tyranny and other criminals.

  10. Linda says:

    Very well said. Thank you!


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