by Michael Smith (Veshengro)
The Constitution does not grant you your rights, it protects them, for they are not privileges but they are rights. Privileges are given or granted while rights are inalienable, as the Constitution states, and thus are what are rightfully ours. That includes the right to life and liberty, the right to be able to defend ourselves against assailants and tyrannical governments, and much more.
While you are asking the government to limit or take away the right to bare arms, that is to say the Second Amendment to the US Constitution, you would do well to remember that once they do it will be that much easier for them to take away the rest of your rights without your consent.
In the UK the Freedom of Speech is not a right, according to our current Home Secretary, but simply a privilege extended to the general public. Originally the Freedom of Speech only applied to Members of Parliament and only in the House. She, the Home Secretary, stated that in 2012 with the addition that this privilege could be withdrawn from the people at any time if government would be thus inclined and the more we see nowadays the more it becomes apparent that this move is under way.
The right to peaceful assembly is also be curtailed as, once again, it appears not to be a right but a privilege that was extended to the people, and once again was intended for the aristocracy only in Britain.
The Magna Carta and the British Bill of Right also have to be seen in this context for they never were meant to be extended, except as a privilege, to the villains, the plebs, that is to say the ordinary citizens which, in the UK, still are referred to – even though government tries not to let the people know that – as “subjects of Her Britannic Majesty”.
Britain, unlike the USA, does not have a (written) Constitution. In fact, it does not have a Constitution, written or otherwise, and the talk of government that this or that would bring about a constitutional crisis or that this or that is unconstitutional is a smokescreen to hide the fact that there is no Constitution of any kind in the UK.
The United States, on the other hand, does have a written Constitution that protects the rights of the citizens, and is not a document granting privileges. Be careful, therefore, what you wish for as to having rights curbed for they, if you reach them the little finger, will grab the entire hand and chain you.
Remember what the Constitution is and what it is for and do not surrender one iota of it to government.