The Second Amendment
Over the last several years we have come to understand that our government has not been truthful with its citizens on some history changing issues; the Iraq weapons of mass destruction lie, the lies exposed by Edward Snowden, the Afghanistan Papers lies among many, many others.
I believe the authors of our Constitution were prepared to protect the citizens from an untrustworthy government, and wrote the Bill of Rights accordingly.
The Second Amendment was written to ensure that the people would always have more power than the government. I will not do anything that gives our already too powerful government more power over its people or weakens the people in their ability to defend themselves against tyrants or other threats.
The only legitimate use of force is in defense of individual rights — life, liberty, and justly acquired property — against aggression. This right inheres in the individual, who may agree to be aided by any other individual or group.
I affirm the individual right recognized by the Second Amendment to keep and bear arms, and I oppose the prosecution of individuals for exercising their rights of self-defense. Private property owners should be free to establish their own conditions regarding the presence of personal defense weapons on their own property.
The Second Amendment should be adhered to the fullest extent.