Where's my government entitlement AR-15 rifle?

Where's my government entitlement AR-15 rifle?

07/29/15 | by blogger | Categories: Political, Comedy

The people who argue that health care is a “right” also believe, because it is a “right", that it is the responsibility of the government to provide them with health care.

Some argue the founding documents of the United States provide support for a right to health care. The Declaration of Independence states that all men have “unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness,” which necessarily entails having the health care needed to preserve life and pursue happiness. The purpose of the US Constitution, as stated in the Preamble, is to “promote the general welfare” of the people. So as part of the government effort to “promote the general welfare,” health care must be a legitimate function of government.

So, let’s call heath care a “right” for the moment. We already know that free speech is a “right", it says so in the first amendment to the U.S. Constitution. How does the government provide this “right” to individuals?

  • Public Radio, Public Television, Public Access Cable, Internet (provided by government or mandated by law to provide access to forums where free speech can be exercised)

So if you want to exercise your “right” of free speech, the government provides each individual with many mechanisms by which he or she can do that.

What about the second amendment? Let’s save that for the end

The Fifth Amendment creates a number of rights relevant to both criminal and civil legal proceedings:

  • The “right” to a grand jury (provided by the government)
  • The “right” to not be subjected to double jeopardy (provided by the government)
  • The “right” to not self-incriminate (provided by the government)
  • The “right” to due process of law (provided by the government)
  • The “right” to compensation when government takes private property (provided by the government)

Let’s look a the “rights” enumerated in the Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, these have to do with the “rights” of criminal defendants:

  • The “right” to a public trial without unnecessary delay (provided by the government)
  • The “right” to a lawyer (provided by the government if you can’t afford one)
  • The “right” to an impartial jury (provided by the government if you can’t afford it)
  • The right to know who your accusers are (provided by the government)
  • The right to know the nature of the charges and evidence against you (provided by the government)

So it appears that if something is enumerated as a “right” (the ninth amendment says that “rights” are not limited to those enumerated in the Bill of Rights), then the government must provide each individual with the mechanism or ability to exercise that “right". A “right” is the same thing as an “entitlement".

Which brings us to the Second Amendment and the “right” to keep and bear arms. Since we have established that the government must provide each individual with the mechanism or ability to exercise their “rights", the government is also required to provide me with the mechanism and ability to exercise my Second Amendment “rights". The government is required to provide me with armaments. I want my arms entitlements. Where are my arms that I am entitled to? I have the “right” to keep and bear arms, I am entitled to them just like my healthcare. Every person in America has the “right” (therefore entitlement) to an AR-15 rifle, and I want mine.

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