The Concept of Rights:
What are they?
A Right is a concept developed naturally from the observation of processes outside the control of human machinations or constructs. The long
philosophized Natural Law has given foundation to what we conceptualized as rights when this nation was founded in the 18 century. A Right is a basic
inheritance of existence. It is a grant by the virtue of your humanity, a gift from God(for you religious folks).
The natural rights of an individual end where the rights of another begin. You have as much of a right to life as your neighbor does. But if your
neighbor comes at you with a knife it is your right to preserve your life from his/her attack. So you either fight with your own knife, or a weapon
of greater effectiveness to subdue or eliminate the threat to your life. However simply having a weapon does not convey this right, nor does it convey
a right or willingness to deprive others of life simply by possessing such a weapon. On the contrary, your right to life is what conveys the right to
a weapon of your choosing and it is as inalienable as the right to life.
You have a right to that which you earn, what you make, and what is yours. You have the right to defend that which is yours from those who would
deprive you of what you worked for. Your property, to include your body, is not under the jurisdiction of any authority anywhere.
You have the right to express yourself and to associate with those whom you choose. You do not, however, have the right to tell others how they shall
express themselves nor with whom they will associate.
You have the right to determine your own life and it's destiny, and to enjoy the fruit it bears.
All of these rights are natural to human beings. They are enshrined in our Constitution, and have been written about by far more intelligent and
gifted men than I. But I am not here to give a dissertation on rights or the natural law. I am here to point fingers.
Yep. That's right. I am here to blame you.
These very basic tenets of liberty are so important that many generations of people throughout the ages have fought and bled to one day create a
society where they may be realized. No where on Earth is this more close to a reality than in the United States. However, rather than bringing
ourselves closer to a truly free society, we have instead created a society of capricious children with a "me first" mentality who place only the
weight necessary to hungrily fight for what they think are important rights, and damned be the rights of others.
People have a selective view of rights. They don't care if my right to arms is removed. And if it cannot be removed by legal means, they want my 4th
amendment rights taken so that they can see me behind bars. They want my 6th Amendment right and my 8th to be removed so that they can have other
people with guns come and take what is mine, so long as they get their way. And they truly think they are safe because they believe they are on the
right side, and still entitled to the rights they advocate the destruction of.
I find that view appalling. And it isn't just gun rights. It's speech as well. Everything is ok to talk about except that which you find offensive.
Like the recent push on ATS by certain members to have my beloved Weapons and Tactics forum removed because somehow that discussion is insensitive to
the Sandy Hook victims. They care not for my rights or the rights of those of us who enjoy the forum. All they care about is their sensibilities and
idiosyncrasies, and if they can lobby to have their view canonized, to the detriment of others, they will do so without blinking an eye.
This dynamic of selective defense of the rights of individuals is primarily at fault for the erosion of our rights as a nation. If you are actively
taking part is the destruction of our rights, I urge you to reconsider this. Just because it isn't a right you wish for yourself, nor a sensibility
you adhere to, does not mean you should infringe upon the right of others, or impose that sensibility upon your fellow human beings.
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