Powell Gammill
Powell Gammill

Subject: Gun Rights

With all the controversy stirred up from the recent Sandy Hook shootings, the second amendment has been thrust to the foreground yet again.  I want to add my two-cents worth to this conversation.  Here goes:

Excerpt from:

Personal Liberty & Constitutional Liberty in 2012  

A Lay Person's Primer, Refresher and Guide to The Constitution for the United States of America

Final (Unedited) Draft

Copyright 2012 by DC Treybil.  All rights reserved.



Summary of Amendment II

Key points made about the second amendment include:

One part of the mission of the Constitution for the USoA is to suppress convulsion within,

 Another part of the mission of the Constitution for the USoA is to repel invasion from without,

Last but not least, part of the mission of the Constitution for the USoA is to guarantee to every State (and by extension, every person in that state) a republican form of government,

The following statements can be made concerning a republican form of government, an actual, de facto republic: a republic is a system of government in which the people at large hold actual real power, laws enacted through duly-elected legislative bodies not only enjoy consent of the governed but are in reality the will of the people, a republic is truly government of the people, for the people, by the people.

A well regulated militia is a militia which is effective in supporting all aspects of the constitution's mission,

Such a militia is a militia that outmans and outguns the regular army,

To ensure that it outguns the regular army, an effective militia is a militia whose members have unfettered access to arms (weapons, guns, ammunition, etc.). Access to weapons stored in any central location under control of any body of the formal government or under control of the military chain of command may be rendered inaccessible, either by malfeasance of ambitious individuals, by attack, or by natural disaster. The members of an effective militia must keep and bear arms. The phrase it is their right, it is their duty from the DoI fairly leaps to mind. In this context, that which is a right is also a duty.

If the civilian militia does not outman and outgun the regular army, the will of the people may be replaced at anytime, upon the whim of an ambitious person in the chain of command, the will of a few. Absent this check, any hope of long maintaining a de facto republican form of government is lost.

Absent any viable legitimate enforcement body, the will of the people may be replaced by the will of a mob during a convulsion within (riot),

Absent any viable defense force, the will of the people may be replaced by the will of an invader.

A well regulated militia is both that viable enforcement body (or back up) and that viable defense force.

Note:  The foregoing is an excerpt from a work I hope to publish on Kindle before the end of this month for $1.00.  The complete work consists of 227 pages.  If nothing else, the book contains a useful vocabulary, almost a language, that helps to clearly define liberty, both in the natural sense of the word and in the context of a federated constitutional republic.  Comments/feedback from interested parties will be welcome.

DC Treybil