In light of recent and tragic events involving guns, the idea of gun control and how to prevent such incidents from happening again is on just about everyone’s mind. However, some are proving they are more ignorant than others and therefore need a little bit of a history lesson. Thank God for men like Senator Ted Cruz who are willing to educate those who the education system has failed.
Texas Representative Matt Schaefer is not such a person, but when he tweeted this weekend about gun control and our “God-given rights,” one of those particularly inept individuals responded with criticism.
He wrote, “I am NOT going to use the evil acts of a handful of people to diminish the God-given rights of my fellow Texans. None of these so-called gun-control solutions will work to stop a person with evil intent.”
To this well-known celebrity, Alyssa Milano responded with a question, “Can someone cite the passage of the Bible God states it is a god-given right to own a gun?” afterward she also incited that Schaefer was “owned by the gun lobby” and “unbelievable.”
However, instead of responding as most leftists would, with name-calling, hated-fueled arguments, or even violence, Senator Ted Cruz calming and most efficiently answered her question. He even said her question was “excellent” and “worth considering carefully w/o the snark of Twitter.”
The Texas lawmaker said, “It is of course not the right to a modern-day firearm that is God-given but rather the right to Life & the right to Liberty. Essential to that right to life is the right to DEFEND your life & your family.”
An excellent point to make. How can one effectively pursue life, liberty, and happiness without defending that? Simply put, you can’t. If you let yourself get trampled over, there is no liberty to have or life to live.
But the senator wanted to make sure Milano understood and that he thoroughly answered her question. So he continued, by citing a biblical verse that indeed backs up Schaefer’s claim that self-defense is a God-given right.
“The right to self-defense is recognized repeatedly in the Bible, eg Exodus 22:2: ‘If a thief is caught breaking in at night & is struck a fatal blow, the defender is not guilty of bloodshed.” (Note, though, verse 3 says it IS murder if during daylight (ie, not self-defense).”
Then Cruz went on to explain that is because of this God-given and not man-given right that the Declaration of Independence and Constitution was created in the way that it was.
“The Declaration of Independence acknowledges our rights thusly: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
Cruz makes it clear, through evidence provided in the Bible and the Declaration that the right to bear arms, as the Second Amendment, states is a way to protect those “unalienable” rights to life.
The congressman said, “And for that reason, the Second Amendment provides ‘the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, SHALL NOT be infringed.’ It wasn’t to protect people’s ability to hunt, or to shoot target practice, but to defend their lives, their homes, & their families.”
But Cruz wasn’t done. He reminded us that freedom isn’t freedom at all without the right to defend oneself and used examples in history to prove it.
“St. George Tucker, one of the most important scholars in early America, explained the reasons behind the Second Amendment as follows: ‘This may be considered as the true palladium of liberty…The right of self-defense is the first law of nature… In most governments, it has been the study of rulers to confine this right w/in the narrowest limits possible. Wherever…the right… to keep and bear arms is, under any… pretext whatsoever, prohibited, liberty, in not already annihilated, is on the brink of destruction.”
“That’s also why, post Civil war, disarming Black Americans was a critical objective of the KKK and was memorialized in countless Jim Crow laws – to strip African-Americans of their God-given right to self-defense from violence.”
In conclusion, he brought us back to the present by stating that “we need to do MUCH more to stop violent criminals & those w/ dangerous mental illness” but that “playing politics” and violating the constitutional “rights of law-abiding citizens – won’t make anybody safer.”
Well played, Senator.