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So last Monday there was a huge rally in Virginia to protest the declared intentions of Gov. Ralph “Blackie” Northam regarding guns. The rally was supposed to erupt into World War III, or maybe that was Iran, but anyway really bad stuff was going to happen. We were promised that really bad stuff was going to happen. And then it didn’t. Thousands descended on Richmond to assemble, to carry (despite the “emergency” declaration of a panicked governor), and to pass on some information that was perhaps not to the liking of the Richmond wise ones running the show. Not only so, but when they departed, all these protestors managed to leave the place cleaner than when they found it.
In the breathless run-up to the rally, some in the media had even wanted to describe it as an event more suited to their agenda, like a “white nationalist” rally. But it wasn’t that either. It was just Americans.
Divide - America - Difference - Nature - Rights
The fundamental divide in America right now can be characterized as a difference over the nature of rights. What are rights? How are we to understand them? When we understand that, and not until then, we can understand gun rights.
According to the conservative worldview, rights are granted to us by our Creator, and because He is the one who gave them, He is the only one who can stipulate the conditions under which they are forfeited. They cannot be taken away by the mere wish of the legislature. The legislature cannot have the authority, and does not have the authority, to alienate the rights of the people from the people. Any attempt to do so is, by definition, a lawless attempt.
Criminal - Right - Life - Example - Matter
Now when a criminal is executed, he has clearly forfeited his right to life, for example, but because it is so serious a matter,...
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