Dear Political Activist Who Openly Calls for the Repeal of the Second Amendment,
Salutations! I hope this letter finds you well.
Let me first introduce myself. I am an American English teacher and amateur blogger currently living abroad. Although I once shared political and social views more akin to those of Progressives, I have since fallen head over heels for the US Constitution, Individual Liberty, the Free Market, and Negative Rights. I am now comfortable calling myself a Libertarian.
Please do not let my views scare you off. I am not writing you to attempt to change your position on any political issue, but instead to express my appreciation for your honesty.
You see, many on your side of the gun control debate are rife with ignorance and deceit. That is not to say that my side is perfectly up to snuff, but your side is calling for the most fundamental changes, so must in turn face the greatest deal of scrutiny.
But I am not writing you to scrutinize your views. I am writing you to commend them.
You and I both understand that the Second Amendment protects the inherent right of all individuals to own firearms against the legislative powers of Congress and the physical force of law enforcement. The Second Amendment was written as a way to safeguard against tyrannical government and preserve Liberty. “Shall not be infringed” is the conclusion, and the necessity of an armed militia to preserve “the security of a free state” is the explanation. There is no doubting that this law denotes an individual right.
It is true that we are at odds on the need for the Second Amendment, the government’s role in regulating the gun trade, and the right to keep and bear arms in general. But let us not become bogged down in our differences and instead celebrate what unites us: an even-keeled, intellectually sound interpretation of the Bill of Rights.
I look forward to sparring with you in gun debates of all shapes and sizes. We have an exhilarating future to look forward to.
But for now, close your eyes, take a deep breath, and imagine a warm embrace between the two of us.
I love you.
A Second Amendment Absolutist Who Recognizes Your Honor and Courage