Affirm the 2nd Amendment

The Unity Party of America affirms the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution of the United States; the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

Entire Official Platform of the Unity Party of America as Adopted at last National Convention

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  1. Unity not divide

    @Fred – I agree that we must be careful regarding the definition of “arms” as stated in the 2nd Amendment as well as in the Affirmation provided here. I do not believe that the Unity Party wants to roll back any of the current limitations on “arms” ownership (full auto, background checks, etc.). The intention of this affirmation, as I understand it, is to clarify some misconceptions that you and millions of other Americans seem to have. The Bill Of Rights, written in 1791, uses the prefatory clause regarding the Militia to set the stage for the operative clause regarding the “rights of the people to keep and bear arms”. The specific phrase “right of the people” is used a total of 3 times in the Bill Of Rights and it is clear, via the various instances, that the people’s rights are not tied to a larger group, as you are suggesting. At no point is training mentioned in the Amendment. Additionally, the type of Arms is not limited in the language as you imply. Many people forget about the Puckle Gun (circa 1718, 9 rounds/min), the Ferguson Rifle (circa 1776, 7 rounds/min which was used by the British in the American Revolution) and the Girandoni air rifle (circa 1779, 44 rounds/min) that were well known weapons when the Bill Of Rights was drafted. Your statement about “many” regional and local gun control laws “of the times” of the drafting of the Bill Of Rights is not accurate. At the end of 1791 there were a total of 5 states (out of 14) that did not allow open carry of weapons (laws specifically mention swords, daggers and guns) in public in an effort to not induce public fear. Sources are https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2200991 and https://scholarship.law.duke.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=4825&context=lcp. I think it is a stretch to say that this is “many” or that it is “gun control” as we understand that term today. In order to move the Unity Party forward it is important to avoid hyperbole, which often elicits too much emotion and clouds judgements and responses, and make sure that facts are not distorted.

  2. Fred Lawrence

    If you go back and read the 2nd Amendment in the way it was written in the time it was written (according to the sentence structure and meaning of the time) it does not guarantee every citizen the right to bears arms. It actually guarantees every person who is in and trained by the militia the right to bear arms. It is saying that you have to be trained and be part of an organized militia to be guaranteed to own a single shot weapon, dry powder and ball shot. Also, when you look back at the regional laws of the times you will see that there were gun control laws on the books in many of the cities where you could not carry guns at all (NYC was one). Gun control has been part of our history for a long time. Another point is the Amendment does not say “gun” it says “arms”. That could be interpreted as “nuclear weapon” since it is “arms”. Do you not want to control that? We have to be careful with this.

  3. Kevin's Boyfriend

    You leave my man alone! I need to comfort him, you meanies made him cry.

  4. When one considers any point of law, I think you need to go to the beginning of the thing. The Second Amendment is such a case. The State at the size of their existence in 1779 was megger. The new federal government was mighty. The amendment was to protect the state with a well-armed and trained militia. For one purpose only; the federal government and its overreach. No thought of a state to state need was noted. The militia were minutemen and over mountain men and the such. They had their weapons at home. There were bears and snakes and mentally criminalized by over push by medicines by their fellows. The individual needed to protect his family and home. Not from the federal government but individual others. Or those acting like governments un the corp policies. The Pinkerton was a Federal army. By volume of officers. New York City currently has 36,000 plus officers. Add in all the other gun-carrying forces, and that is 50,000 plus. This I a new modern form of federal government-run locally by money and rules from D.C. The second amendment needs to be enhanced to cover a Molishia for the take over by the police. They should be allowed to individually have any and every weapon used in the local and state police arsenal. They now have Apache helicopters in some states.

  5. Kevin's wife's boyfriend

    Kevin we need to talk about your hentai addiction

  6. Kevin’s brother from another mother

    Listen to your uncle!

  7. Kevin's Uncle

    @Kevin- So the core of the second amendment is a racist one? Huh, I always thought the core came from the horrible atrocities that the British government committed against the colonists and their attempts at disarming them to prevent the eventual revolutionary war. So your saying scratch that, it was clearly about race…..freeing this nation was secondary.

  8. Kevin’s mom

    Kevin is a cringelord

  9. Tony Alonso

    I personally support the second amendment. While the party “affirms” the position of the second amendment, what is the plan upon getting in office? Does the party want to keep things the way they currently are, or would there be efforts made to increase people’s access to their second amendment rights? If so what things would the party be looking to change?

  10. Kevin West

    I recommend reading “Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment” by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz which chronicles the history of gun laws in the United States, and then reassessing your position on the Second Amendment.

    Below is a sample review of the book:
    “This explosive, ground-breaking book dispels the confusion and shatters the sanctimony that surrounds the Second Amendment, revealing the colonial, racist core of the right to bear arms. You simply cannot understand the United States and its disastrous gun-mania without the brilliant Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz as a guide.”—Astra Taylor, author of The People’s Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age

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