In his upcoming book, Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution, retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens will call for an end to the right of the American citizen to keep and bear arms as recognized by the 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
In his book Stevens will suggest that this could be accomplished by adding five words to the Second Amendment which he says should read as follows:
A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms when serving in the militia shall not be infringed.
Alan Gottlieb, Chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms and Founder of the Second Amendment Foundation, asks, “What part of ‘the right of the people to keep and bear arms’ does former U. S. Supreme Court judge Paul Stevens still not get. It is not a collective right. It is an individual right. That’s why it is part of the Bill of Rights. And states and cities can not infringe on it!”
Stevens falsely argues that the founders of the Republic wrote the Second Amendment in order to protect the sovereignty of the states from a potential threat from national standing army. While this was likely a motivating factor in crafting the second amendment protection, this is nevertheless a deeply flawed and totally out of context view of the overall purpose and function of second amendment protections.
Indeed, for the founding generation of Americans, gun ownership was viewed as natural a right as was freedom of religion, of speech, of the press and of the right to assemble. The founders developed an intricate system of balance of powers, of checks and balances in government, and this included more than merely creating three branches of the Federal Government. The balance of power included a balance between the Federal Government and the State Governments. The 9th and 10th Amendments codify the most essential balance of powers in their recognition of the natural rights of the people as the ultimate check against the limited powers granted to the government by the constitution.
The right to keep and bear arms is a clearly delineated component of that balance, as the right of the citizen to protect himself with a firearm constitutes more than the modern meaning, which is solely the right to self-defense against criminal intent. Indeed, the individual citizen reserves the right, as recognized by the second amendment, to protect himself and his family against the threat of tyrannical government which could occur if the intricate system of balance of power is breached and rights are denied.
It would serve the sovereign American citizen in good stead today to understand the principle that underlies the right to keep and bear arms, as this principle is natural and is more relevant than ever in these times.
Chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms
Founder of the Second Amendment Foundation
Publisher of TheGunMag.com and The Gottlieb-Tartaro Report
Author of twenty books, including
Shooting Blanks: Facts Don’t Matter to the Gun Ban Crowd
Black & Blue: How Obama and the Democrats are Beating up the Constitution
Assault on Weapons: The Campaign to Eliminate Your Guns
Regular on TV and radio including MacNeil-Lehrer News Hour, ABC’s 20/20, NBC Today Show, The O’Reilly Factor, Larry King Live, Fox News Channel, Hardball with Chris Matthews, Good Morning America and Piers Morgan Live/CNN
Alan Gottlieb Bio:
Dynamic and articulate are two accurate descriptions of Alan Gottlieb.
Alan is a Nuclear Engineering graduate of the University of Tennessee and has attended the Institute on Comparative Political & Economic Systems at Georgetown University.
He is recognized as a member of the working press, maintaining active membership in the Outdoor Writers Association of America. His articles have appeared in the Seattle Times, San Francisco Examiner, Washington Post, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Cincinnati Inquirer, Chicago Tribune, Orlando Sentinel, Ft. Worth Star-Telegram and USA Today.
Alan is the Publisher of TheGunMag.com and The Gottlieb-Tartaro Report. He is the Chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, Founder of the Second Amendment Foundation, serves on the Board of Directors of the American Conservative Union, President of the Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise, President of the American Political Action Committee and President of NoInternetTax.org.
His handiwork has received notice in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Time, People, Rolling Stone, National Review and Outside magazine.
Alan has received the prestigious Golden Eagle Award from the American Federation of Police, and was commended by the Kentucky House of Representatives for his “outstanding leadership in preserving our American heritage of freedom.” He is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World and Who’s Who in American Politics.
Alan has appeared on over 4,400 TV and radio talk shows, including the McNeil-Lehrer News Hour, ABC’s 20/20, The Michael Reagan Show, The Ken Hamblin Show, PBS All Things Considered, CNN Crossfire, Fox TV’s Crier Report, NBC Today Show, The O’Reilly Factor, ESPN, Larry King Live, CNN Special Reports, Hannity & Combs, CNN All Politics, Fox News Channel, CNN Headline News, MSNBC, Piers Morgan, Lou Dobbs Tonight, Hardball with Chris Mathews, The Mike Huckabee Show, Al Jazeera Inside Story and Good Morning America.
Alan is President of Merril Associates, a noted direct response advertising agency specializing in direct mail, fund raising and public relations. He is also President of Merril Press, a non-fiction book publishing company.
Alan is also President of radio stations KBNP in Portland, Oregon, KITZ in Seattle, Washington, KGTK in Olympia, Washington, and KSBN in Spokane, Washington and former Chairman of the Talk America Radio Network and former President of the Universal Talk Network.
In addition, Alan is the author of twenty books including Politically Correct Guns, Trashing the Economy and She Took a Village: The Unauthorized Biography of Hillary Clinton, Alan Gottlieb’s Celebrity Address Book, Double Trouble: Daschle and Gephart Capitol Hill Bullies, and Gun Rights Affirmed, America Fights Back: Armed Self-defense in a Violent Age, These Dogs Don’t Hunt: The Democrats’ War on Guns and Assault on Weapons: The Campaign to Eliminate Your Guns and Black & Blue: How Obama and the Democrats are Beating up the Constitution, Shooting Blanks: Facts Don’t Matter to the Gun Ban Crowd.