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Another Predictable Call for Gun Control

•, by Jacob G. Hornberger

One leftist asks, "Is It Time to End the Second Amendment?" His question only goes to show how woefully ignorant leftists are about the Constitution.

The Constitution established a federal government of limited powers. It was completely different from the type of federal government under which we live today. If a power wasn't enumerated in the Constitution, then the federal government simply was not empowered to exercise it.

Did the Constitution grant the federal government the power to control, regulate, or prohibit the right to own guns? A close examination of the powers given to the federal government reveals that the Constitution gave no such power to the federal government. Therefore, the federal government is prohibited from exercising such a power.

So, what was the point of the Second Amendment and, for that matter, the rest of the Bill of Rights? Given that the Constitution didn't grant the federal government the power to enact gun control, why did our ancestors decide to enact an amendment expressly prohibiting the federal government from enacting gun control?

The reason is that our American ancestors were extremely leery about accepting the Constitution. Sure, they were assured that the Constitution was calling into existence a government whose powers were limited to those enumerated in the document itself, but they were still leery. They were concerned about the possibility that federal officials might not honor the enumerated-powers doctrine.

So, they decided to play it safe by enacting specific and expressed prohibitions on the powers of federal officials. That's why they enacted the Bill of Rights — because they simply did not trust people who are attracted to public "service." They wanted to make sure they got the message with amendments providing for express prohibitions on infringements of specific rights and freedoms.