2nd Amendment Groups You Should Support

2nd Amendment Groups You Should SupportI’m pretty sure you all know the first eight amendments in the Bill of Rights of the United States Constitution.  They’re the guarantees by our forefathers that our liberties and rights, as a people, should always be preserved because those rights are guaranteed by natural law.

I’ve briefly interpreted just the first eight.  If you disagree with my interpretation, please do put it down in the comments section below.

1st Amendment: Free speech, the separation of church and state, petitioning the government for grievances and protest.

2nd Amendment: The right to keep and bear arms and form well regulated militias.

3rd Amendment: Quartering soldiers without express permission of the owner.

4th Amendment: Unreasonable search and seizure.  Probable cause.  Civil forfeiture.

5th Amendment: Freedom to not self-incriminate, be charged twice for the same crime (double jeopardy), or have your items seized without due compensation.

6th Amendment: Right to a speedy trial, an impartial jury, right to legal counsel.

7th Amendment: Common law and the right to a trial by jury.

8th Amendment: Excessive bail and fines prohibited.

With absolutely no exceptions, each one of these amendments are an uphill battle to preserve.  Just think about the actual event of a criminal trial.  The accused is brought in by police.  He’s fingerprinted and jailed, his possessions seized, and he waits to get a bail hearing.  At which point, the judge levies usually an excessive amount that most people simply don’t have on them.  If the person can pay the bail, he does and he waits for his trial date.  If he cannot, he can either wait in jail or pay a bail bondsman.  That usually comes with excessive fees all its own.

Before the trial ever takes place, the prosecutor does his best to get a “plea deal”.  Basically, plead guilty to a reduced set of crimes and the prosecutor will ratchet down the penalty.  If you refuse, the prosecutor will throw every possible crime he can at you in the attempt that even if charge 1-19 don’t stick, charge 20 will and you’ll be hit for the maximum amount of time.  New Hampshire recently found out that many of the people appearing in court for excessive fines and fees were sent to jail without ever being given the option of legal counsel.

In states like New Jersey and Maryland, it’s all but impossible to legally obtain a permit to carry a concealed firearm despite those same liberties being available in every state around them.

The only amendment that doesn’t get violated regularly is the Third Amendment and that’s because soldiers don’t commonly patrol the area.  If they did, you can bet that one would go out the window, too.

So, what’s the point I’m driving at?  Liberty begins with rallying the people to demand our civil liberties remain.  It continues when we are educated as to the forces we’re up against and peacefully find solutions to keep our natural freedoms preserved.  Our founding fathers were no fools.  They knew, given enough time, our rights would be infringed.  And if we sit back and do nothing, they will continue to be.

Here’s 10 organizations that support and further 2nd Amendment rights.  The Second Amendment is one of the most important because it ensures that the people of this country retain their right to protect themselves lawfully.  

National Rifle Association (NRA)

“A non-profit organization which advocates for the protection of the Second Amendment and the promotion of firearm ownership rights as well as marksmanship, firearm safety, and the protection of hunting and self-defense in the United States.”

Armed Citizens United Gun Rights Organization (ACU)

“A membership based organization that stands to preserve and defend the rights affirmed in the 2nd Amendment. The ACU lobbies, organizes, informs, empowers and educates to ensure that the liberties originally and expressly stated regarding the right to keep and bear arms are not infringed.”

Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC)

“A nonprofit civil rights advocacy organization that serves its members and the public through legal efforts, direct and grassroots lobbying, education, and technology. FPC’s mission is to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States and the inalienable, fundamental, individual right to keep and bear arms.”

Gun Owners of America (GOA)

“A non-profit lobbying organization formed in 1975 to preserve and defend the Second Amendment rights of gun owners.”

International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA)

“The governing body of a shooting sport that simulates self-defense scenarios and real life encounters. It was founded in 1996 as a response to the desires of shooters worldwide.”

National Association for Gun Rights (NAGR)

“The National Association for Gun Rights is a non-partisan, civil rights organization focusing on issues relating to the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.”

 

Second Amendment Foundation (SAF)

“Dedicated to promoting a better understanding about our Constitutional heritage to privately own and possess firearms.”

Students for Concealed Carry on Campus

“A non-partisan organization which believes that holders of state-issued concealed handgun licenses should be allowed the same measure of personal protection on college campuses that they enjoy virtually everywhere else.”

United States Concealed Carry Association (USCCA)

“Information on how to legally conceal and carry guns, self defense insurance, and a monthly magazine.”

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  • Greg Lawhorn

    NO, NO, NO, not “separation of church and state,” but the “free exercise of religion.” Do you realize that your statement falls right into the hands of the left? The First Amendment is NOT intended to keep religion out of government – there is NO separation – but the government out of religion.

    • Actually Jefferson coined the term separation of church and state, IIRC. What the deal is that there’s no official religion, as there was in England where one had to be a member of the Anglican Church to hold certain positions in government. People as individuals can believe what they wish, but when one works as a government employee, they don’t have a right to impose their religion on others, whether it’s through legislation, policy or bureaucracy, as we see with Kim Davis. What we don’t want is any type of dominionism.

      • LastNameFirst

        You obviously didn’t do your research in regards to Kim Davis. She DIDN’T force her beliefs on anyone; she choose not to go against her beliefs by putting her name on the marriage license. And that issue has been resolved by the new governor; no more county clerk names on marriage license.
        You are no different than the ones who misinterpret the 1st Amendment as Greg Lawhorn explained above. Please try to get it right and stop thinking that people are trying to push their beliefs on others simply because they choose to follow their own beliefs.The ones trying to FORCE their opinions and beliefs on others are the ones who says you have to accept their ways and ignore your own, as in ISIS, the homosexual movement, black lives matter,etc.
        You live your way, I’ll live mine. But don’t try to push your way on me; you won’t like the results.

        • As a representative of government, she can’t substitute her beliefs as law for the public she serves, which is what she did. I have a better grip on the issue than you’ll ever hope to. SCOTUS rules, she took an oath to uphold the law, and she didn’t. She should have resigned or removed herself from the process. That wouldn’t infringe on her beliefs nor would it infringe on others beliefs.

          • LastNameFirst

            You’re wrong again on all accounts. You typical arrogant liberals think you have all the answers and know what’s right for everyone. NEWS FLASH; you don’t. The correct thing to do was finally done by the new governor. To say that someone who has held an elected position for 24 years should resign just because SCOTUS, who is human and ALSO makes mistakes as proven in the past, makes an OPINION on a law is at the least asinine. Remember who makes laws. SCOTUS DOES NOT. They can only make OPINIONS on laws. If they opine that a law is unconstitutional, then the legislative body that made the law must convene and rewrite the law constitutionally. Sorry to burst your arrogant bubble, but you don’t ‘have a better grip on the issue’, and SCOTUS DOESN’T RULE!
            But you have a good day in your utopia land anyway.
            Nothing further from – OUT.

          • We’ll always disagree. I am a liberal yes, in the vein of Jefferson. You are an authoritarian conservative and yes, she should resign if she can’t fulfill the duties of her position.

          • David Rumbaugh

            There is nothing in the Constitution that gives SCOTUS the power to require that any law be re-written. Their function is the same as ANY judge anywhere in the Union. They preside over trials to ensure the law is applied equally to all.

          • Jim L

            And their decisions affect law and how the laws are interpreted and because of this, their decisions are binding. You can’t have it both ways. With your logic, they shouldn’t have gotten involved with Heller v DC. Because of Heller, DC had to rewrite law. Be careful what you wish for. I’d also suggest you visit Marbury v Madison. Just because you believe something doesn’t mean reality works in an other way.

  • I think listing the USCCA is a stretch. If they are included on this list than just about any organization that sells anything gun related should be included.

    • msg51

      Apparently you do not belong to USCCA. They do not sell gun related products. They have a ton of information on self defense, product reviews, training and so on. They have more prctical information then the NRA ever thought of. They are not as political as other groups, and that is refreshing.

      • I am a member and have been for about 4 years. I agree that they have great content and they are refreshing but they aren’t a political group and don’t do any lobbying. They do sale training products, books, and obviously their membership upsell products. I’m a fan… just felt like it was out of place in this list.

        • msg51

          That is one thing I like about USCCA, they are not political. On occasion they will express their view on someone concerning a stand on guns, but they leave the decision to the reader. They are about firearms and self defense. That is what Tim founded USCCA on and he has stayed true to that. I hope he never changes.

          • bjensen

            No he went from being about firearms and self defense to wanting to make a buck with the constant “buy this, buy that” crap…Even the magazine isn’t as good as it used to be (was way better prior to the advertising)

      • shawn jarman

        I don’t thing USCCA should have been included as well, as I don’t like his force tactics on his “insurance” thus the reason I left, a better forum would have been Guntoters

        • msg51

          ” Force tactics”? Who is he forcing? If you don’t want it don’t get it. You can still get the e-mail and magazine for free. Hope some day you never have occasion to need the “insurance”.

          • shawn jarman

            Who says I don’t have insurance ? I just don’t have his, when I was a member, the only way to renew was to buy his insurance, thus the reason many many have left his forum, I don’t need his emails or magazine

          • msg51

            Good for you.

  • I stopped being a member of the NRA because…They never left me alone. I have no problem paying the dues, but every month it was some other thing they would call and ask for more money. If they need more money, raise the dues, but harassing me at dinner time got old, so I canned them. The other thing is the pandering in that there’s always a crisis. It’s using fear to generate money and I think that’s what they’ve become about. The other thing is how they mistreated Rand Paul.

    • Marvin Gindlesperger

      Perfect! The only group large enough to actually do something for you and your upset about them asking for more money. Give when you can and don’t when you can’t. Pretty simple!

      • It’s not only that, but when and how they do it. It’s rude and presumptuous and I am under no obligation to give to anyone. I don’t need a seat at the table, I have nothing to prove and I don’t drink anyone’s kool aid, nor carry water for anyone. The NRA is about raising money. They’ve become like the Red Cross, more or less.

        • Marvin Gindlesperger

          Sure, I mostly agree . However you and I can’t fight the fight individually. In my opinion we would have already losteoporosis our guns and the right to have them if it weren’t for the NRA.

          • I live in AZ, so I have a different deal than some others…

          • bjensen

            GOA is a pretty good substitute for the NRA without the constant begging for money.

    • Joe Franklin

      The NRA will not call if you ask them to be put on the do not call list. I’ve been a member for years and years and never get a call. The occasional mailers don’t bother me as I can either toss it, or I can choose to send in an extra 10 bucks or whatever. Say what you want, but without the NRA, we’d have lost a lot more ground towards the gun grabbers. There’s no such thing as a perfect organization that will please all their members all of the time. You have to take in the big picture.

      • I did and I still get calls. I still get mail too and emails. They’re like herpes.

    • will_ford

      I am lifetime member. Tell them, if You do not leave me alone I will drop you. No mail. no calls no B.S they did. Im happy and still a member. James I’m sorry, I just read your other statement also. I stressed my stand pretty loudly I guess.

  • bjensen

    JPFO

  • JoseGrunt

    Where is CCRKBA? And some of those posted are just shams.

    • I just tuned in. I believe that CCRKBA is Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (confirmed by Google). Which of the groups do you think are scams? I’m about to renew my membership to the National Association for Gun Rights. One page said to join them all, but I don’t have the money to join more than two. Which ones would you suggest?

  • JoseGrunt

    NRA and SAF. Tiny SAF has more solid 2nd Amendment lawsuits running than any other organization.

    • The NRA is about raising money

      • JoseGrunt

        Like it or not, NRA is the 900 pound gorilla and has the loudest voice in the jungle. I believe every gun owner should belong to as many organizations as he/she can afford. 80 million gun owners in the US, and only 8 million or so belong to all of the national gun rights groups, collectively. We’re carrying the other 90% on our backs. 14 million concealed carry licensees nationwide at last count… where the hell are they? Cheap bastards.

        • It’s a choice. The NRA would call during dinner begging for more money so I finally told them to F off. They’re about money dirt second and third.

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