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The Right to Keep and Bear Arms in New York State

 

Introduction
Essay 1             A Short Analysis of the Second Amendment
Essay 2             Apathy and Disunity have caused a Crisis of Liberty
Essay 3             The Firearm Privileges of New York State        
Essay 4             You are SCOPE

Apathy and Disunity have caused a Crisis of Liberty

As the people of a free nation, we are often thankful for the greatest gifts associated with our citizenship: freedom, liberty, and natural rights. Although we use these words interchangeably, they are not the same things.

Freedom is the capacity to act without obligation or responsibility, and exists only in a state of nature, and in the absence of law. The advent of civilization has lifted mankind from this former condition, and provided him the relative safety and benefits found only within the communal order. Such is the basis of the social contract, through which governments and laws derive their authority.

By agreeing to abide by the social contract, a man knowingly trades his freedom for liberty. Clearly, liberty is subordinate to freedom, and cannot be acquired without the consent of either the individual or the state; indeed, liberty demands reciprocity between the individual and the state.

But such reciprocity is based upon the assumption that the laws shall be just. It must, however, be recognized that governments and their laws are human constructs, and are fallible. For if justice cannot be found within mankind, it certainly will not be found in his government.

The founding documents of the American republic, the Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution, and the Bill of Rights, form the social contract of our nation. These unique documents were conceived through the theory of natural rights; rights granted by our creator and possessed by all human beings, irrespective of their form of government. It is the solemn charge of those who serve in our government to protect and maintain our liberties, to abide by the social contract.

Nevertheless, we currently face a crisis of liberty.

Under the pretext of authority provided by state legislatures, following the guidance of special interest groups, and in the name of increased safety and protection for fellow citizens, a small number of powerful politicians seek nothing less than the eradication of our liberty.

Advancing through our Assembly and Senate are bills that clearly violate the natural and lawful right to keep and bear arms. But it is especially crucial to understand that this offence is not solely about gun rights; it is the first salvo against American liberty itself.

So what shall be done when we are faced with injustice, when our government violates the bonds of our social contract? The intent of the Second Amendment is clear. It provides the means to remove tyrannical and unlawful governments within the borders of the United States by the actions of a lawful militia through the use of personal arms.

Fortunately, such a drastic approach is not yet warranted, or even practical; these proposed infringements to our rights might be halted through a political course of action. But we fail to commit ourselves to it; and our apathy and disunity nourish the enemies of liberty, and inform our calculating politicians.

Americans can no longer rest upon the laurels of our forbearers, for the task at hand is ours alone.

Set aside any rationalization for your inaction, these are empty words and bear no results. Instead, assume the cloak of the patriot and the courage of the militiaman, and fulfill your duty as a free citizen.

I exhort you to avail yourself of your First Amendment rights, find the strength of your voice, use the power of the pen, and remind our government, and perhaps even some of its citizens, that the greatness of our nation cannot be separated from the liberties upon which it was founded.

 

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Essay 3             The Firearm Privileges of New York State  

 

 

 

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