2A is an Individual Right

Whereas civil rulers, not having their duty to the people duly before them, may attempt to tyrannize, and as the military forces which must be occasionally raised to defend our country, might pervert their power to the injury of their fellow citizens, the people are confirmed by the article in their right to keep and bear their private arms.

  • Tench Coxe, A friend of James Madison and himself a Delegate to the Continental Congress, writing in support of the Madison’s first draft of the Bill of Rights, 1789.

Besides the advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation, the existence of subordinate governments, to which the people are attached, and by which the militia officers are appointed, forms a barrier against the enterprises of ambition, more insurmountable than any which a simple government of any form can admit of.

  • James Madison, Federalist No. 46, January 29, 1788

A militia when properly formed are in fact the people themselves…and include, according to the past and general usuage of the states, all men capable of bearing arms…  “To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them.

  • Richard Henry Lee, Federal Farmer No. 18, January 25, 1788

The right of the citizens to keep and bear arms has justly been considered, as the palladium of the liberties of a republic; since it offers a strong moral check against the usurpation and arbitrary power of rulers; and will generally, even if these are successful in the first instance, enable the people to resist and triumph over them.

  • Joseph Story, Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States, 1833

The founders were big believers in natural rights. The Bill of Rights did not grant us any rights, it recognized preexisting inalienable rights. The Supreme Court confirmed this way back in 1876:

The right there specified is that of “bearing arms for a lawful purpose.” This is not a right granted by the Constitution. Neither is it in any manner dependent upon that instrument for its existence. [READ THAT LAST SENTENCE TWICE] The second amendment declares that it shall not be infringed, but this, as has been seen, means no more than that it shall not be infringed by Congress

  • United States v. Cruikshank

Integrity

“Whatever we do, we must act with honesty and with integrity, and regardless of your chosen career, you’re only as good as your word. If you are not honest, your reputation will suffer, and once lost a good reputation can never, ever be regained.”

— Robert S. Mueller III

On Character

“Bodily vigor is good, and vigor of intellect is even better, but far above both is character. It is true, of course, that a genius may, on certain lines, do more than a brave and manly fellow who is not a genius; and so, in sports, vast physical strength may overcome weakness, even though the puny body may have in it the heart of a lion. But, in the long run, in the great battle of life, no brilliancy of intellect, no perfection of bodily development, will count when weighed in the balance against that assemblage of virtues, active and passive, of moral qualities, which we group together under the name of character; and if between any two contestants, even in college sport or in college work, the difference in character on the right side is as great as the difference of intellect or strength the other way, it is the character side that will win.” – Theodore Roosevel

Goals

Read your bible every day. Love God and aim to please Him more everyday. Be the SERVANT He expects you to be.

Love your wife more everyday. Be the LEADER God expects you to be.

Love your children more everyday and let them be kids. Be the EXAMPLE God expects you to be.

Exercise 5-6 days per week. Be the STRENGTH God expects you to be.

Firearm and combative training no less than once per week. Be the PROTECTOR God expects you to be.

Christ

Christ is the dividing line of humanity.

What you do with Jesus determines your destiny.

Be a good man

There is a difference between being a good man and being good at being a man. You need to be both.

Stress

Stress causes you to close yourself in and shut out your family. Stress brings down more people than bullets.

Lean on the Lord

Sometimes your head won’t be right and your thoughts will get jumbled and disjointed.

Sometimes you will feel isolated and alone and will withdraw inside yourself.

Sometimes you will feel like you are failing, failing yourself and those around you.

Sometimes you will not want to let anyone in because it makes you feel weak when they see you like this.

In these times when you feel this way, lean on the Lord. Even when you don’t want to.

These are the times when His grace will be most manifest in your life.

He knows what you need even when you don’t. Trust Him.