The Right to Bear Arms:
The Right to Bear Arms is given to the American People with the Second Amendment of the Bill of Rights. Paul Clever strongly supports the Second Amendment based on Constitutional Law and his own personal experiences.
The American people need the right to bear arms to check the abuse of power by a tyrannical government or military force. Additional benefits of the right can be seen in home or personal protection and the sport of hunting.
The ability of Congress to “regulate” this right comes from the “Necessary and Proper” Clause of Article One, Section 8, Clause 18 of the United States Constitution. This is also known as the “Sweeping Clause”.
Denying a convicted violent criminal of this right is “necessary and proper”. Denying a person who has been clinically found at risk to themselves or to others by due process and trained medical professionals along with political review requirements as “necessary and proper”. Expenses for any regulation of this right should be the burden of the government and not the people (excludes hunting licenses).
It is my opinion the defense of the people against a tyrannical government or military can be insured by the legal possession of single-shot and semi-automatic weapons up to 50-caliber and any ammunition which can be pushed through the barrel (excluding spent uranium for obvious reasons).
When discussing gun availability and the increase of violent crimes. I dismiss this association based on the murder rate in my hometown during 2014 (Olive Branch, MS – 5.7 per 100,000) and adjoining Memphis, TN during 2014 (21.4 per 100,000). The same 100,000 people and yet one kills much more regularly that the other. Mississippi is a well armed state. Clearly there are other significant factors involved in killings than the simple availability of a particular weapon. I suggest looking at poverty, the breakdown of the family unit, despair, and selfishness (entitlement mentality) as other possible causes.