The Federal Government has stripped away many of our liberties at an alarming rate over the last 100 years. The right to bear arms, to privacy, a speedy and fair trial, equality under the law and the right to protections from illegal search and seizures. We must protect the Bill of Rights and remind Washington that government is of the people, by the people and for the people.
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An armed citizenry is a good deterrent to despotic government. That was the intent of the 2nd Amendment. Our founding fathers had an intimate understanding about despotism and tyrannical rule. When the 2nd Amendment was drafted, the war with England was fresh on their minds. During the war the British regularly confiscated the people’s arms in an attempt to thwart the colonists’ ability to fight. The founding fathers were students of history and knew all governments, even the one they were creating, had the ability to become tyrannical. To protect future generations from this threat, the founding fathers had the good foresight to include the right to keep and bear arms in the Bill of Rights as a deterrent to tyranny.
There are some who argue for limiting the rights of citizen’s to own or carry weapons. They make claims that banning a certain rifle or reducing the magazine capacity of a pistol will somehow actually stop violence. It will not. There are currently laws that criminalize such activities as assault, battery and murder. Yet these activities still occur. Laws that criminalize the ownership of firearms will only penalize honest citizens. Criminals who will not follow the most basic laws against violence will surely not care about laws prohibiting them from using a firearm.
It is important that we control the narrative and educate our younger generations about the history, purpose, and need for the 2nd Amendment. Those who seek to undermine our Republic will continue to attempt to undermine the 2nd Amendment. I stand ready as a member of the National Rifle Association, life time member of the Arizona Citizens Defense League and as your next Congressman to fervently defend the 2nd Amendment for future generations. Our government is out of control and no longer cares for the rights of the people. Meanwhile, the country has been plunged into a massive debt; courts are acting as legislators, ignoring the constitution and making partisan rulings. It is time to send a citizen of the people to fix Washington D.C. not another politician.