The nine-minute video clip below illustrates in a nutshell the current cultural struggle in the United States between the opponents and supporters of the Second Amendment of the Constitution.
That there should even be a discussion of the issue is a sign of how low the American polity has sunk. There are very few sentences in legal documents that are clearer than this one:
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
Anyone who can read — which admittedly represents a declining percentage of the American population — can understand the plain meaning of those words.
On January 15, a citizen of the town of Oak Harbor, Washington, got up to address his remarks to the city council during the period for public comments. His revelation that he possessed a concealed carry permit, and that he was in fact “packing heat” right there in the chamber, upset several council members. One of them felt strongly enough about the issue to propose a city ordinance banning the carrying of weapons at council meetings — notwithstanding the fact that such an ordinance would have violated the U.S. Constitution, the state constitution, and the laws of the state of Washington. When the motion failed to pass, the councilman was too distressed to remain in the meeting.
The response by Mayor Scott Dudley to the incident was inspiring. Make sure you watch all the way through this clip so that you can hear the mayor’s calm, lucid, well-reasoned opinion about his oath of office and what the Second Amendment means to Americans:
I agree with Mayor Dudley: I feel safer knowing that ordinary law-abiding citizens like myself carry guns.
All of my neighbors have guns, and I am not afraid of them because of it; I am actually less afraid than I would be if they weren’t well-armed. They come to our front door during hunting season carrying their rifles — pointed carefully downwards, finger off the trigger, per the safety guidelines — to ask permission to hunt on our property.
I gladly consent, and I’m glad that my neighbors have rifles and plenty of ammo. One of these days they may need them to shoot at something besides white-tailed deer.
Hat tip: Don L.