Yes, my name is Jared Winchester and I share the same name of the Winchester rifle that was so prevalent in America’s history in the Wild West.
I have serious concerns about how I was taught the Second Amendment versus how many people, who’s families were armed by my family, interpret the Second Amendment.
Fifty-nine people died on October 2, 2017 while attending a Jason Aldean concert with over 22,000 people in attendance. Sixty-four year old Stephen Paddock opened fire from the 32nd floor of Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada killing and injuring over 500 people with rifles he legally purchased.
Personally I am having a difficult time absorbing this tragedy. I fear the fact that this kind of news keeps occurring directly relates to the fact that politicians, who are suppose to serve the communities who voted for them, won’t pass legislation that would deter events like this from happening.
As a Winchester I above all else believe people should have a right to defend themselves.
Yet as a citizen of these United States, I believe in laws that should be passed that would not allow criminals, mentally ill people or members of extremist groups to purchase an automatic or semi-automatic weapon.
I believe these groups of people should not be allowed to purchase a firearm period.
I believe NO ONE should be able to purchase an automatic or semi-automatic weapon.
All together, Paddock had a cache of over 49 firearms in the hotel room, his personal residence and another property he owned. This is beyond ridiculous and should never be allowed in a sensible policed society. Think about it.
Anyone who decides to buy even a semi-automatic weapon can very easily convert it to a fully automatic weapon that would allow a person to have more firepower than an average police officer carries around with them. Does that make sense to anyone? Of course not. It’s absurd.
Let me quote the Constitution, if I may.
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. (Constitution, II Amendment)
This is one sentence in the Constitution. In this sentence there are three commas. When this sentence was written it is obvious that whoever wrote it was first and foremost speaking about a well regulated militia.
Secondly whoever wrote this sentence was implying a well regulated militia that was formed for the security of a free State are the ones who have the right to bear arms. So in order to bear arms a militia must be formed and only in an instance of securing a free State.
The sentence, in essence, is saying that the freedom of the State is paramount. If whoever wrote the sentence was trying to say that every American has the right to arm themselves, they would have put that statement at the very beginning of the sentence.
But it’s not. It’s that simple.
When the framers of the Constitution wrote the Second Amendment there was no FBI, no ATF, and no CIA. If these entities existed during the time the Constitution was created, I personally feel the Second Amendment would have been left out of the final draft.
You see, these organizations exist to regulate corruption. Even within the government the FBI serves to keep government authorities with power accountable to the very laws they are drafting. Or attempting to draft.
It’s a hopeless wish to think anything meaningful could come from a Senate and House of Representatives dominated by Republicans who are well paid by NRA lobbyists and oil companies during their campaigns.
So guess who gets subsidies and guess who gets pesky federal laws from being made so gun dealers can make more money?
Guess who gets to dig for oil with pesky federal safety regulations and pesky environmental restrictions lifted? Yep, you guessed it.
Federal Law Enforcement Agencies, like the ATF, exist to protect the States and their citizens from domestic threats. They are the very essential arm of the government which is responsible for enforcing federal laws to protect American citizen’s rights by protecting them in a free society.
The Marshals Office, the ATF and FBI serve in the, “security of the free State” which directly relates to the security of our Nation as a whole.
If these arms of the government oversight and enforcement of federal law, which afford the liberties written in the Constitution to Americans, existed when the Constitution was written, the Second Amendment would not exist. These organizations are the militias of society as it stands today.
It’s an absolute madhouse when Joe Blow can build and run a firearms store and then Joe Blow is left with the dubious task of selling a firearm versus not selling one due to background checks. If you’re trying to run a business and make money, the view of someone regulating those sales are motives for gun stores and enthusiasts to create organizations such as the NRA to fight against laws which would keep firearm dealers from making a better profit.
Ledgers are more important to some versus passing laws to prevent dozens of people who are being killed. Killed by those guns in one of many horrendous and pure evil acts against innocent people and children like those at Sandy Hook, Orlando and now Las Vegas.