The Framers of the Constitution recognized the right to bear arms as a natural, God-given right – not a right granted by the government – which means repealing the Second Amendment would not eliminate that right, argues a leading gun-rights advocate.

“When you look at the way the Second Amendment was written, it does not grant or create a right. It does not say the people [shall] ‘have’ the right to keep and bear arms. It says that ‘a right’ of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed,” said Erich Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America in an interview with WND.


“That is assuming a pre-existing right, which now cannot be infringed in any way by the civil government,” he said.

Pratt noted the reference in the Declaration of Independence to the inalienable rights granted by the Creator.

“They recognized the right to self-defense as a God-given right,” he argued, noting the Declaration specifies life and liberty as two of the rights endowed by God.

“So, defense of life just flows naturally out of that. There’s no question, when you go through the statements of the Founders, they refer to the laws of nature and nature’s God,” he said.

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Stevens believes the landmark 2008 U.S. Supreme Court case Heller vs. Chicago, which affirmed the Second Amendment recognizes an individual right to bear arms, was wrongly decided. The former associate justice contends the Second Amendment was motivated by a concern that a national standing army might pose a threat to the security of the separate states.

That concern now, he insisted in his Times op-ed, is a “relic of the 18th century.”

But Pratt argues that the Supreme Court has ruled that “the right of the people” means the same thing in the First and Fourth Amendments as it does in the Second.

“You just can’t do that to the language of the Constitution, otherwise we’ll end up forfeiting all our rights,” he said.

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