Second Amendment Tyranny

You have a natural right to defend yourself, your family, and your neighbor if necessary. To counter a deadly threat it may be necessary to use deadly force. That is why your right to bear arms and your right to protect yourself and your family are tied together. Yet, neither right is identified anywhere in the constitution. They are two of the many un-enumerated 9th amendment rights that we never gave up.

Amendment IX

The enumeration in the constitution of certain rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

The second amendment has a different purpose.

Amendment II

A well regulated malitia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

There are two versions of the 2nd amendment.

The version passed by the US Congress is shown above. The version ratified by the States removes a comma and reads

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.

     While the States version is a little better, it still seems to be weirdly worded. To understand why take a closer look at the 10th amendment.

Amendment X

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the People.

The 10th amendment specifically reminds everyone that there are powers granted to the United States by the US Constitution and that many powers were not. It also emphatically states some prohibitions were placed on the states that they agreed to when they joined the union. It also “respectively” references powers cited in the Constitution that were reserved to the States. The final words, “… or to the people”, are to remind everyone that there are powers we never gave up to either the State or the US Government.  Your right to use the power of deadly force when necessary is one of those rights.

From the perspective of the 10th amendment, the 2nd amendment cannot be viewed as anything other than a prohibition placed on the States by the US Constitution.

Laws that place restrictions on ownership, use, or carrying of weapons are government violations of the 2nd amendment. The creation of such laws are acts of tyranny. The 2nd amendment was intended to protect you from such tyranny so you could enjoy all of your 9th and 10th amendment rights and powers without fear of government tyranny.

The Bottom Line

The bottom line is that the creation of laws that violate the prohibitions specified in the 2nd Amendment of the US Constitution are acts of tyranny by our legislature. The enforcement of such laws are acts of tyranny by our police forces. The imposition of any penalty for violating such laws are acts of tyranny by judges.

We live with this tyranny because our government coerces us to accept and legitimize their tyranny. If you want to take steps to be able to defend yourself and your family, you must first comply with tyrannous laws that require you to ask and receive permission from government to purchase and to carry a firearm, i.e., you must first apply for and receive a license and permit. Yielding to government tyranny in this fashion is an act that tacitly gives your consent to government to violate the 2nd amendment, and by complying to their requirements you quietly acquiesce to their tyranny. If you fail to do so, and you purchase and carry a concealed weapon you will be a labeled a criminal, arrested, and placed in jail. To remain a law abiding citizen, your only other alternative is to give up your 9th amendment right and 10th amendment power to protect yourself, your family, and your neighbor if ever necessary. Either way, you are a victim of their tyranny.

We are led to believe such unconstitutional and tyrannous laws are enacted for everyone’s safety. Once such laws are passed, no matter how grievous and tyrannous, the acts of enforcement and the imposition of penalties are viewed as just ‘our good government in action’.

What to do

Are we going to continuously reward people who trade our constitutional protections in this fashion for the allusion of safety or for money or benefits? My incumbent voted to fund the tyrannous, unconstitutional, second amendment violating law referred to as the SAFE act. He did so because in the bill was placed $28 million for another outlandish and tyrannous project, the STAMP Project (much about that at a later date).

I ask that you take a step to end tyranny in our county and support the creation of constitutionally compliant laws: Vote Libertarian in November. I can assure you that if I receive your support and I am elected I will not vote for any unconstitutional law, no matter what perks are placed in the bill.

Mark E. Glogowski, Ph.D.
Libertarian Candidate for Assembly, District 139


The 2nd amendment was not enacted to empower us to take down a tyrannical government using arms. Read Article 1, Section 8 of the US Constitution. It gives Congress the power “To provide for calling forth the militia to enforce the Laws of the Land {County Sheriff, State Troopers, City Police}, to suppress Insurrection {National Guard}, and repel invasions {five armed services}.”  Those needs are why the second amendment begins with a reference to “A well-regulated militia, …”. Our militia will be called upon to defend any government against an insurrection attempting to violently overthrow it. I would hope that, if called upon for any reason, our militia proves itself to be the most effective in the world. So “No”. The 2nd amendment is not about empowering us to use arms to take down a tyrannical government. It is about preventing a tyrannical government from forming.