A few of the 100 counties in North Carolina have become what is called, “Sanctuary Counties.” Resolutions were passed in these counties by locally elected officials which declare the local jurisdiction an area that will protect Second Amendment gun rights of law-abiding citizens. Even some county sheriffs such as Sheriff D. Campbell of Iredell County introduced and support such resolutions.
The Founding Fathers were well-versed in Latin. Their English derived from Latin, and we need to keep that in mind as we read what they wrote. After all, what they wrote is all we have; we cannot ask any of the thirty-nine signers what he or the committee meant. So, with the Second Amendment, we need to possess knowledge of the main clauses from Latin and how they were used in English. A clause is either independent, which means it can, when written with a capital letter at the beginning and ending with a period, make sense. Thus, the words in bold could stand alone as a sentence. (Because of the gunfire, students hid in closets.) However, the words in italics cannot stand alone, so they are subordinate, or dependent on the independent, or main clause.
When I write these well-known words as a sentence, they make perfect sense: “The right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” However, the other oft-quoted words, when written as a sentence, do not make sense: “A well regulated Militia being necessary to the security of a free State.” Why? Because it is a clause modifier that supports and explains the reason behind the independent clause which follows. So, by understanding the written words of the Founding Fathers, we see that the reason citizens are allowed to keep “Arms” is for “A well regulated Militia”, and not for any other reason.
But this is a discussion that goes nowhere because so many gun owners refuse to see the entire intent of the Amendment. But in Cabarrus County, North Carolina, a candidate for county commissioner, Barbara Strang, went too far. Before the meeting at which the commissioners voted to make Cabarrus County a sanctuary for law-abiding gun owners, she said that the commissioners had been sent different drafts of a resolution and that their lack of action was of concern to gun owners. She continued, “It’s a constitutional right and it’s a God-given right and it’s something our citizens don’t want to be taken away. They’re fearful they won’t protect their Second Amendment rights.”
I will grant that she is allowed her misreading of the Constitution. But, where does she find Biblical support for guns being a “God-given right?” Ms. Strang, like the SCOTUS majority, not only destroys the wall that Jefferson and others erected for our good, but now uses God as a reason for tearing it down.
We will debate the intent of our Founding Fathers, but there is no debate concerning God and guns.