The National Rifle Association assumes the mission of defending these words on the right to bear arms, evolving over time from a club meant to ensure rights for hunters in post-Civil War America into one of the most notorious and powerful lobbying organizations in US history.
The massacre of dozens of concert-goers in Las Vegas has reignited the uniquely American debate over what restrictions on firearms may be appropriate and warranted - or not - in considering the U.S. Constitution's Second Amendment right to bear arms and its practical effects on society.
It begins with silence: no public statements for as long as reasonably possible, while they develop a narrative that more guns and gun freedoms would have prevented tragedy. The FBI counted a total of 268 "justifiable homicides" by private citizens involving firearms in 2015; that is, felons killed in the course of committing a felony.
From a personal liberty standpoint, the idea that an armed citizenry is the ultimate check on the ambitions and encroachments of government power is curious. My guess: Take the guns - or at least the presumptive right to them - away. Moore also calls for mental health care to become a national health priority with the appropriate funding and for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to overturn rules prohibiting the study and funding of the gun violence epidemic in the U.S. "Science will then be free to find out why we are ALONE among nations in killing each other at such a massive rate (hint: It's not just the guns - it's us as Americans)", he says. Police later recovered 47 guns from the shooter's hotel room.
It isn't breaking news money has influence on what members of Congress prioritize. He believes the laws are "feckless" and simply "tinker at the margins" of what could be done.
Michael Moore wants to repeal the Second Amendment and replace it with a 28th Amendment that prioritizes protection from gun violence over the right to own and fire guns.
When the Second Amendment was adopted in 1791, the only weapons known to the Founders were swords, knives, and guns that could shoot only one bullet at a time.
Eventually, as the fervor for gun legislation peters out and momentum fades, the NRA claims a win for civil rights and grows much more confident than before. They will cite James Madison, who noted in the Federalist Papers that in Europe "the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms".