The Second Amendment- an express amendment incorporated into the Constitution to protect citizens and the states from tyranny of the federal government. Basically to protect against a tyrant king, or would be king. Throughout the 245 years of our nation, this cornerstone of protection was never really needed as the fundamental rule of law and the Constitution was respected with the peaceful and orderly transition of power from one administration to the next. On January 6, 2021 an overt attempt by a tyrant would be king was made to prevent this most critical constitutional process. Fortunately authorities were able to squelch the attempt to defy the constitution and the plotters are now being brought to justice. The actual need for an armed citizenry was never realized, BUT THE IMPORTANCE OF THE SECOND AMENDMENT WAS DEMONSTRATED.
This right is an implied right under the Constitution as interpreted by the Supreme Court in the Roe v. Wade decision. Since the time of that decision, activists have attempted to limit or restrict the right granted to women by the Supreme Court. When a State's law that restricts that right goes into affect, it is usually challenged and the Federal Courts, sometimes the U.S. Supreme Court, further refine their ruling in Roe. It is clearly understood that the US Supreme Court interprets the Constitution and the laws of the United States and the States. If we are to support and defend the Constitution, then we must respect the decisions of the Court. Texas has passed a law that attempts an end around of Roe. It attempts to subvert the past and future decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court with regard to abortion rights. That law is a direct attack on the balance of power created under our Constitution, and is therefore a direct attack on the Constitution itself. Any person who supports the Constitution can see that this same end around approach could be used to attack other Constitutionally protected rights. Any supporter of the Second Amendment must be concerned by this attack on a woman's right to an abortion as the same method can be employed against the Second Amendment. Abbott and the Republicans in the Texas Legislature have attempted to subvert the Constitution by removing the power of the Courts, and have placed the Second Amendment at risk. I oppose this attempt by Abbott and the Texas Legislature because it is a direct attack on the Constitution, and if allowed to stand, can be used against all rights, including the Second Amendment.
In the early 1930's in Nazi Germany, Nazis rose to power by creating a propaganda campaign of fear in the populace. One of the early steps taken was restricting access to voting and limiting who among German citizens could vote. Voting is a constitutional right, found in both the U.S. and Texas Constitutions. It is given to individuals who satisfy the citizenship requirements of Texas and of the U.S. and those who regain those rights after losing them through criminal activity. Actions and laws passed by the Texas legislature and signed by Abbott are a step backward and are against the Voting Rights Act of 1965, championed by Texas conservative Democrat Lyndon Johnson. Laws that limit a church's ability to organize its parishioners to register to vote, and then to mobilize the vote is a step in the wrong direction. It is an attempt to consolidate power (like the Nazis) by limiting peaceful organizations with many members (the parishioners of the church) from participating in a constitutionally granted right (to vote). The State should not interfere with an organization's activities unless those activities threaten the health, safety or welfare of the public. The Republicans in the legislature and Abbott are demonstrating a fear of the cloth, of the Word, and of the strength of the belief of the parishioners. It is a fear of the Church's ability to deliver the message of God and to inspire its parishioners to vote in God's name. Our voting laws should not be restrictive. They should be designed to encourage people to register and then to vote. We need to "trust, but verify" to ensure all eligible voters, and only eligible voters (a voter from another state is not an eligible voter nor are those younger than 18) participate in this most important of constitutional rights.
You must take charge of your life to protect your rights granted under the Constitution. This means registering to vote and then voting. It takes a determined person to go through the hassle of first registering, then going to the polls to vote. No one will do it for you.