Using language that is contrary to the Second Amendment, U.S. District Judge William Young has trampled on some citizens right to bear arms.
His ruling to ban military-style and large capacity weapons in Massachusetts is because they are “designed and intended to be particularly suitable for combat rather than sporting applications.” He then wrote that those weapons fall outside of the “scope of the personal right to ‘bear Arms’ under the Second Amendment.”
He went on to state, “…because the undisputed facts convincingly demonstrate that AR-15s and LCMs are most useful in military service, they are beyond the scope of the Second Amendment.”
His ruling is a blatant attack on a citizen’s right to bear arms in that state.
It is also, most importantly, just his opinion. It is not the intent of the document’s words,
Our Founding Fathers did not write the Second Amendment for “sporting applications,” i.e., hunting, etc.
They wrote it so that We the People can protect ourselves, our families, our property from any kind of threat, including a tyrannical government such as they, themselves, separated themselves from.
Judge Young, and any others like him, who decide to use their own “opinion” of what our sacred Founding Documents mean, are over-stepping their rightful duties and do more to harm this country than they can imagine.
If we decide that we need to solicit opinions about what was meant in the Bill of Rights, or anything else written during and after our fight for independence, the only ones we should seek are those who were there, who lived through it, who actually wrote it.
As to intent of the people to bear arms, Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence and 3rd president, declared as early as 1776 in the proposed Virginia Constitution, “No freeman shall ever be debarred the use of arms.” He also wrote, “It is their right and duty to be at all times armed.”
George Mason, the “Father of the Bill of Rights” and co-author of the Second Amendment wrote in 1788, “That the People have a right to keep and bear Arms; that a well regulated Militia, composed of the Body of the People, trained to arms, is the proper, natural, and safe Defence of a free state.” Who should have the best opinion of meaning other than the person who co-wrote that amendment?
Samuel Adams, who was instrumental in our fight for independence and forming this country, said in 1788, “And that the said Constitution be never construed to authorize Congress to infringe the just liberty of the press, or the rights of conscience; or to prevent the people of the United States, who are peaceable citizens, from keeping their own arms…”
Alexander Hamilton wrote, in Federalist 29, “If circumstances should at any time oblige the government to form an army of any magnitude that army can never be formidable to the liberties of the people while there is a large body of citizens, little, if at all, inferior to them in discipline and the use of arms, who stand ready to defend their own rights and those of their fellow-citizens.”
In 1787, Noah Webster wrote this: “The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any bands of regular troops that can be, on any pretense, raised in the United States.”
And, from those very people who know best what the Second Amendment is about, the most common use for those arms is … Defense. For We the People.
Not sport as Judge Young wrongly opined.
This Federal judge has crossed the line and should be removed from the bench.