“And that the said Constitution be never construed to authorize Congress to infringe the just liberty of the press, or the rights of conscience; or to prevent the people of the United States, who are peaceable citizens, from keeping their own arms.” – Samuel Adams, Father of the American Revolution on 6 February 1788 as reported in Charles Hale, Debates and Proceedings in the Convention of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (1856), p. 86. This language was proposed in the Massachusetts convention for ratification of the U.S. Constitution to be added to Article I of that document.
No founding father ever believed that our natural and inalienable God given rights could be or ever should be taken away from American citizens. This concept is not outdated it is timeless and seamlessly woven into our system of government. Despite some perceived issues raised by some, I deeply believe to remove this conception is to surrender our right to the whims of whoever might be governing at any particular point. Again, as with our forefathers, I believe that these are inalienable rights not to be tinkered with nor ever allowed to be extinguished for so ever long as there is a breath of freedom left in our nation.