Julianne Moore claimed America’s Founding Fathers would support gun control.
The Hollywood actress made the statement while announcing she was launching a gun control group with help from Michael Bloomberg.
“With all of these rights that we have in our Constitution come a great deal of responsibility, and I think the Founding Fathers would agree with me,” she told People Magazine.
Not quite: the Second Amendment states the right of the people to keep and bear arms “shall not be infringed,” and placing restrictions on someone’s right to do something is an infringement on that right just as censoring someone is an infringement on his free speech.
Moore also claimed she believed in the Second Amendment, but then equated exercising the Second Amendment as no different than getting a driver’s license.
“For cars, you have to have training and you have to have a license, and you wear seat belts and we have airbags and we have all of these things in place that have reduced fatalities unbelievably,” Moore says. “And it was a totally unregulated industry at first.”
“I feel like something that is very sensible and straight forward can be done also with guns.”
But just as you don’t need the government’s permission to engage in free speech, you also don’t need a license to own a firearm.
It’s a right, not a privilege, a distinction the Founding Fathers emphasized over and over again.
“Americans have the right and advantage of being armed — unlike the citizens of other countries whose governments are afraid to trust the people with arms,” the author of the Second Amendment, James Madison, once said.
And it was Thomas Jefferson who said “no free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.”
Similarly, Patrick Henry pointed out ‘the great object is, that every man be armed … Every one who is able may have a gun.”
These men were heavily influenced by the British jurist Sir William Blackstone, who was a respected common law commentator at the time of the American Revolution.
“[Blackstone] placed the right to arms among the ‘absolute rights of individuals at common law,’ those rights he saw as preserving to England its free government and to Englishmen their liberties,” DB Kates, Jr. wrote in his book The Second Amendment and the Ideology of Self-Protection. “Yet, unquestionably, what Blackstone was referring to was the individuals’ rights to have and use arms for self-protection.”
“He describes the right to bear arms as being ‘for self-preservation and defense,’ and self-defense as being ‘the primary law of nature [which cannot be] taken away by the law of society’ – the ‘natural right of resistance and self-preservation, when the sanctions of society and laws are found insufficient to restrain the violence of oppression.’”
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