Is Gun Ownership a Fundamental Right?

By: T F Stern
T F Stern’s Rantings

The question of the day at News Radio 740am was, “Do you agree with the Supreme Court – is gun ownership a fundamental right?” The replies came back 52.26 % said “Yes,” 7.14 % said “No,” while 40.59% went with “You’ll have to pry it from my cold, dead hands.”

In the play My Fair Lady, Eliza confronted Freddie as he wooed her, “Words, words, words; I’m so sick of words. I get words all day long; first from him now from you. Is that all you blighters can do?”

Words and their meanings are important; fundamental or natural rights are generic, while God-given rights acknowledge specifically His having authored them. If anything, I’m consistent in my appreciation for God given rights, having written on this previously, quoting scripture for those unfamiliar with the concept.

“…For shall the work say of him that made it, he made me not? Or shall the thing framed say of him that framed it, he had no understanding?” (2 Nep 27:27)

I make the distinction for an important reason; as Ezra Taft Benson remarked, “If we accept the premise that human rights are granted by government, then we must be willing to accept the corollary that they can be denied by government.” Benson went on to say:

“Since God created man with certain unalienable rights, and man, in turn, created government to help secure and safeguard those rights, it follows that man is superior to the creature which he created. Man is superior to government and should remain master over it, not the other way around. Even the non-believer can appreciate the logic of this relationship.”

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Links To Visit – 06/29/10

examiner.com – Supreme Court overturns Democrat attacks on gun rights

The Anchoress – It’s FINE if law bans books – UPDATED

Bookworm Room – The problem is Washington, D.C. — by guestblogger Sally Zelikovsky

examiner.com – Administration senselessly railroading allied spy to his death

examiner.com – Democrats quietly launch major union takeover

Juneau Empire – The Jones Act: Lost at sea (Hat Tip: Curtis Frantz)

examiner.com – Obama sending in unions to force through amnesty

Caroline Glick – Alternatives to surrender

Bookworm Room – A leftist guide to mis-defining terms when it comes to Kagan

Bookworm Room – A challenge to us all to renew the philosemitic paradigm in America

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Financial News Update – 06/29/10

17% plunge in CITIGROUP triggers 5-minute trading pause

Mohammed El-Erian: Here’s Three Reasons Why The G20 Was Very Disturbing For The World Economy

Private Sector Lost Nearly 10 Million Jobs in Last 3 Years – Public Sector Gained 720,000

Financial Reform Bill Will Not Stop the Next Meltdown (Hat Tip: Brian B.)

Financial ‘reform’ designed to protect big banks at the expense of small ones

Sweeping Finance Bill Set (Hat Tip: Brian B.)

The 18 States Facing The Most Brutal Austerity Cuts

Think Tank Warns That Hong Kong’s Dangerous Dependence On Finance Could Result In Catastrophe

Paul Krugman Throws In The Towel, Says We’re Headed For Another Depression

The G-20 Achieved Just What The Politicians Wanted: A Buffer For Delaying The Inevitable

Jim Chanos Explains The Four Themes Of Short-Selling

How A Yuan Hike Could Tank The Baltic Dry Index, And Give Commodities A Shock

Fantastic Presentation On How To Analyze And Think About Gold Prices

10 Things You Need To Know Before The Opening Bell

More Keynesian Clowns Come Out Of The Woodwork

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