Many conservatives (myself included) are “strict-constructionists.” This denotes a literal interpretation of the words written in the Constitution. There are no implied powers of the government that exist; there are no super-secret coded references.
Strict-construction of the U.S. Constitution also demands a literal interpretation of the words “shall not be infringed.”
The Second Amendment is the only constitutional right with a clarifying statement that further underscores that the right should exist without any intrusions. Ironically, it is the right that remains most-endangered and undercut by continual infringements and intrusions.
Though any Republican candidate must be a supporter of the Second Amendment in order to have a chance at the presidency, Sen. Ted Cruz has made it absolutely clear where he stands.
On Thursday morning in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Cruz told a crowd his stance on gun control measures:
“Gun control is hitting what you aim at,” Cruz told the crowded room to much applause and cheers.
“The Constitution and the Bill of Rights are not a rough draft, they are not suggestions,” Cruz reminded.
The constitutionally-minded presidential candidate promised to return power to the states by honoring the Tenth Amendment, a provision which maintains that the responsibilities not specifically allotted to the federal government exist for the states.
Cruz addressed a variety of other issues including annihilating Common Core, the disastrous educational curriculums. When a young woman inquired as to how he would reach millennials and discourage them from voting for Bernie Sanders, the socialist candidate promising “free” benefits and money, Cruz spoke of the need to rein-in the national debt and offered an analogy, saying,
“It’s like your parents took out a credit card in your name, went to Las Vegas, partied it up, and now you are stuck with the bill.”
Cruz’s stance on the Second Amendment has been labeled as extreme by the left that continues to assert that “shall not be infringed” really means that “some infringements are okay.”
The truth is that the Second Amendment does not exist as a sporting consideration. It is not for hunting, it is not even just for self-defense against intruders; it is a measure to ensure liberty on behalf of the American people- an assurance that our government will always be the servants of the people, not the other way around.