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The Bill of Rights is Not Negotiable

Since government never granted the rights in The Bill of Rights in the first place (given from our Creator) it has no authority to take them away.

There is a destructive, delusional meme spreading like a virus among many misguided Americans. It pushes the idea that government can pick and choose which rights codified in the Bill of Rights it wishes to recognize or discard on any given day. This delusion is predicated on the concept that if a popular majority can be emotionally whipped into a frenzy over one particular right, then that right can simply be discarded and stricken from the Bill of Rights. But no such power exists to discard any portion of the Bill of Rights, at least not without proper ratification by three-fourths of the fifty states.

There is no such power found solely in the federal government. There is no such power placed solely in the executive branch, nor in Congress, nor in the White House. The Bill of Rights describes a set of individual rights and liberties that are not granted by government, but recognized as DIVINE rights given to use by our Creator. Because government never granted the rights in the first place, it has no authority to take them away. "The Framers of the Bill of Rights did not purport to "create" rights. Rather, they designed the Bill of Rights to prohibit our Government from infringing rights and liberties presumed to be preexisting." - William J Brennan Jr.

The individual liberties described in the Bill of Rights cannot be infringed, nor deleted, nor overridden by popular opinion... not even loudly screamed opinion. America is not a nation ruled by the tyranny of the mob. It isn't even a democracy -- it's a republic, where certain inalienable rights describe the protection of each individual, even if that individual is the lone voice of sanity in a majority gone mad. 

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Mary Davis January 11, 2013 at 11:04 PM
If you re-read the text.. "I suppose".. is not accusing you. Please explain what you mean when wrote in reference to the modern day Holocaust warning video, "Oh dear....It must be terrible being so afraid.?" If you are not denier.. that's great, but then explain why you think a mere 75 years later we have absolutely no need to keep vigilant against it happening again?
Richard Cass January 11, 2013 at 11:14 PM
I was expressing empathy for your state of mind if those videos are shaping who you are. Case in point- you are so scared and angry that you can justify calling a perfect stranger a holocaust denier.
Mary Davis January 12, 2013 at 12:36 AM
Richard C.. I may well then owe you an apology. There is so much sarcasm in these threads.. that's how I read your post. I was careful, however, to use the "suppose" , which you might also insert the word surmise deduce.... I did, however suppose it.. so it is accurate. The videos don't shape who I am... I posted them for everyone else's benefit.. especially the ones that don't think I ought to have the right to be vigilant and retain a deterrent to government gone bad. The only way I and other gun owners can be a deterrent to tyranny is if I (we) are not restricted by the same government we are a deterrent to. I love this Jefferson quote: "Democracy is like two wolves and one small lamb voting over what will be for lunch. Liberty is having a well armed lamb disputing that vote." (paraphrased) I am that lamb.
Louis Carollo January 12, 2013 at 09:31 PM
I'm usually a very strong person, but when I went to The Edmonton Town Hall and saw ALL those mementos, I had enough tears that I could not stay there very long. Yes, my wife and I did go and see ALL the other sights for those poor children, that left this world so suddenly and so innocently. I do want to say I'm a gun owner and there are a lot of facts out there that are so untrue. My BIGGEST thing instead of getting rid of certain firearms, why not STOP these gangs that are ALL around us. They are the higher percent of kids that die needlessly because they steal or get firearms illegally. The biggest number of firearm deaths are the kids that have no mercy for anyone cause they have an illegal firearm. I'm sure you saw in the papers that two 14 year old KIDS asked for a cigarette or light from a woman and she said "Get a job". So they shot and killed her. Add these stories up and you can see just who are the violator of the LAW and WHY so many KIDS are dying!! Why can't the police stop them?? They have to forcefully take them out one way or another. To the Newtown, CT parents who lost love ones, your in my heart and prayers forever. I, as a gun owner have a heart and soul that makes me cry every time I think of what has just occurred. I'm so SORRY for what you have to endure.
Steven DeVaux January 13, 2013 at 12:48 PM
In thinking about the cry for gun control - a thought. How is it that so many police are shot - many killed - every year with illegal guns yet there is no outcry or task force to solve the illegal killing of police with illegal weapons? I mean think about that. We have laws on the books already, we have armed enforcement of those laws - and yet, police are still being killed at an incredible rate compared to the rest of the world by ... check the statistic ... a preponderence of young males between the ages of 13 and 25. How will new laws protect unarmed non-law enforcement folks "better"?

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