Ed Cocchiola, for Legislative District 1
Arizona Gun Rights: Why I Uphold the Second Amendment
My fellow citizens of Arizona, The Second Amendment to the Constitution, in the Bill of Rights, 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.” In recent times the meaning of that sentence has been the subject of some very heated debate.
The Intent of the Founders
Contrary to what liberals will tell you, the Second Amendment protects the private right of individuals to keep and bear arms. The Left will attempt to convince you that the right to bear arms can only be exercised through militia organizations like the National Guard. However, let’s go back to the years immediately following the ratification of the Bill of Rights. The basic meaning of the Second Amendment protecting gun ownership for individuals was taken for granted.
James Madison, the Father of the Constitution
James Madison, the Father of the Constitution, recognized that if our citizens were armed their freedom would be difficult to subdue through any kind of force. That included military force, even if the federal government would attempt to use an army to do so. In Federalist No. 46, Madison wrote that in Europe ‘…the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.”
Normal life in the 18th Century
In fact, 18th-century citizens normally kept firearms at home. It was these personal weapons they would need if called to serve in the militia. But at home, they were in place to protect their lives and their property.
Gun Control and Tyranny
The seizure of firearms from individuals is typically a harbinger of coming tyranny or fascism. This was the case in Germany prior to the vicious oppression of Hitler’s Third Reich.
I believe with all my heart that to misunderstand the intentions of the Founders, or to misinterpret the Second Amendment will lead to the infringement of the individual rights granted by our Creator. These rights are inalienable: that is, they are not “given” by the government. The Bill of Rights recognizes that our individual rights already exist, and it would be unlawful to violate them.
No Background Checks for Private Sales
Furthermore, I also believe there should be no background checks for the private sale of firearms. Should the government have the authority to give you permission to sell your personal property?
Vote for the Liberty Recognized by the Founding Fathers
I have been a proud member of the National Rifle Association for 54 years. I cherish the right of every citizen to bear arms, and I know that so many of you fine people in Prescott, to Prescott Valley, to Cordes Lakes, to Black Canyon City and so many more places in Legislative District 1 are with me. Vote for Ed Cocchiolla, Republican candidate for the Arizona House of Representatives, and you will be voting for freedom!
If you have any questions or concerns, please call or text me (602) 900-7984. Or, if you prefer, email me at [email protected]