This morning I saw a picture on Facebook of President Obama with the words, “Don’t let Obama ignore the Constitution.” Where was the outcry while George W. Bush was ignoring the Constitution for most of the eight years of his Presidency? There were certainly violations of the 1st, 4th and 5th Amendments. Of course, it was in the interest of “national security” and allowed because he was a “wartime president”.
Bush was not a wartime president because there was no declared war. A conflict is not a war just because the President says it is. Only Congress can declare war and they are hesitant to do that because it would put the nation on a complete wartime footing and pretty much require us to carry out an all out war instead of a conflict with limited objectives. One other thing, where in the Constitution does it outline the responsibilities for managing the national debt?
And now for the 2nd Amendment.
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.
Requirements for gun registration and restrictions on ownership do not violate the 2nd Amendment. Indeed, the government has a vested interest in knowing who owns firearms and what type. The intent of the Amendment was not to guarantee citizens the right to bear arms to keep the government from overreaching its authority. No government would guarantee a citizen’s right to take up arms against his own government. The intent was to allow citizens to bear arms in order to protect the State, i.e., repel foreign invaders, put down rebellions, and otherwise protect national interests. The key phrase in the Amendment is “the security of a free State.”
The phrase, “a well regulated militia” implies that every citizen could potentially be called upon to take up arms in defense of the nation or its interests and infers that every citizen could be made part of a “well regulated” militia. As a potential militia member, the government is well within its rights to know what weapons you might potentially be able to bring to the battlefront.