Chapter 4: The New House Republican Caucus Stands Up For The Second Amendment

The four conservative House members of the New House Republican Caucus (“NHRC”) introduced the 14 key words of the Second Amendment as a proposal for voters in 2020 to add to the Minnesota Constitution.

“The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”

That is the whole text of House File 1334 by Rep. Cal Bahr (Republican-East Bethel). 

He was joined by the four other conservative Republicans in the NHRC:  Rep. Steve Drazkowski (Republican-Mazeppa), Tim Miller (Republican-Prinsburg) and Jeremy Munson (Republican-Lake Crystal).

Out of the 137 House members, they have been joined by only three other House Republicans:  Eric Lucero (Dayton), John Poston (Lake Shore), and Steve Green (Fosston).

Ask your Republican why he or she is not a co-author of the Second Amendment in House File 1334.

“None of your other rights matter if you do not have the right to live and be free,” said Rep. Steve Drazkowski (Republican-Mazeppa).  “The federal constitution and recent U.S. Supreme Court holdings have confirmed that this is the individual right of citizens.  We need to incorporate that right in Minnesota’s Constitution.”

The proposed amendment would read:  “The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”

That differs from the Second Amendment to the federal Constitution which reads:  “A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed.”

“The reference to a well-regulated Militia in the federal Constitution was disregarded by the Supreme Court when it held that the right to keep and bear arms was an individual right that belonged to private citizens,” said Rep. Jeremy Munson (Republican-Lake Crystal).  “For that reason, our proposal is shorter and more direct.”

“The Second Amendment is the one guarantee with enough teeth to ensure that the government respects all our other rights.” Said Rep. Miller. “If you cannot defend your other rights, they are just privileges that the government can take away.”

“The phrase ’shall not be infringed’ has to mean something,” Rep. Drazkowski said.  “Freedom means freedom.”

The Second Amendment protects both the person and the free society from the evil deeds by an individual, the mob, or the state.

Government is always ready to test its strength against the people. Guns are the vitamins that give people some muscle in that struggle.

Background checks lead to data bases. Data bases lead to registration. Registration leads to confiscation. Confiscation leads to horror.

Civil wars happen when the victims of society are given arms. Genocide happens when victims are denied arms. Stability happens when the majority knows the minorities are armed.

Gun control will not keep you safe. They confiscated almost all the guns in London, and now that city leads the world in knife murders.

If you want to get dangerous instruments out of the hands of unstable people, shouldn’t we start with a ban on keyboards and Twitter accounts?

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