Our “Inalienable Rights” from a Natsarim Yahudim Viewpoint
Not subject to sale or transfer; inseparable.
That which is inalienable cannot be bought, sold, or transferred from one individual to another. The personal rights to life and liberty guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States are inalienable. Similarly, various types of property are inalienable, such as rivers, streams, and highways. http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/Inalienable+rights.
The 2nd Amendment to our Constitution grants us just one of our ‘Inalienable Rights’ that have already been given us by our Creator, as affirmed by The Founding Fathers of our Country.
I would submit, that it is also not just a right bestowed upon us, but a requirement He (our Creator) has placed on us to defend our homes, families, and communities from those who wish to take those rights away. I find no mention of any kind within the pages of Scripture, that require us to register or surrender our rights to provide that protection.
We all know that those who would intend us harm of some kind will always have the tools available to do so, whether given permission to have such items, or not, they don’t care. Concealed carry permits are not something that the criminal has to deal with. Only law abiding citizens are burdened with this task that puts more hard earned dollars into a bureaucratic government program. So the glaring question is, does our government need to regulate its’ law abiding citizens in such a manner?
In my opinion, regulation does nothing toward the promotion and promulgation of individual ‘Freedom’ by any sense of the word. Personal Freedom is something very near and dear to all Americans! But Freedom requires vigilance to maintain, let alone improve upon. As much as we love our personal Freedoms there will always be someone who wants to take them away, curtail them, control them, profit from them, sell them, surrender them.
Many believe that the 6th Mitzvot (Commandment) of the Ten, prohibits our use of deadly force by saying that we should not kill, when in fact the translation into English from Hebrew uses the word ‘murder.’ There is a huge difference between the words ‘kill’ and ‘murder’! We would not be breaking this Mitzvot by killing in our own, or our families self-defense. There are some very bad people in this world who can not be reasoned with, who will not be pacified by words written or spoken, but exist only to ‘murder’ those who do not agree with their religious beliefs or practices. Yes, you can hold ‘The Good Book’ up in front of them as your defense, but we are counseled by His Word not to test Him in such a manner. They will kill you, and then your family, or Visa-Versa in the most grotesque way possible for maximum effect on others. The only way to defend against this is by being ready to kill if necessary to provide the protection required for yourself and your family. The way I understand this Biblically, with a Hebraic mindset, is that when you do your part, He will do His part, and by being prepared, you may not have to use that weapon at all. Just know that Biblically you are right with His Word as far as personal defense is concerned if you chose to add a firearm as part your obligation to provide for your loved ones.
The book of Nehemiah speaks for the arming of oneself in defense of Y’rushalyim (Jerusalem), and the homes and families of those living there. This was not speaking of the Army but of the individuals and their families of the City who were working on its’ walls. Also, I would also that you consider this text:
“And if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the belief and is worse than an unbeliever.” 1st Timothy 5:8 (TS2009)
What is written or implied by Scripture that would exclude personal firearms as a provision for the safety of his own? Nothing! What is written or implied by Scripture that would include registration of the means for providing safety for “his own”? Nothing! We are counseled in the Ketuvim Netzarim (New Testament) to ‘render unto Ceaser that which is Ceaser’, but that does not include our personal freedom or our Inalienable Rights!
Yes, Elohim (our G-d) is our defense and our deliverer. That fact has never, nor will ever change as far as His obedient children are concerned. But He also requires action on our part, so that He will do His part. With Him as ‘our defense’, ‘our shield’ in the day of battle we go forward with the helmet of Salvation, the breastplate of Righteousness, and the Sword of His Eternal Word against our enemies “both foreign and domestic”, both seen and unseen; while doing our part to defend and sustain the Freedom we and our families enjoy. We who love Him and obey His Commandments (Jn. 14:15) do so while holding onto His promises of deliverance from evil. The requirement to “provide for his own, and especially those of his household” and observing His commandments, are not mutually exclusive of one another. Just as He is ‘echad’ (one), one with His people, and they with Him, the requirement to provide for your family (safety, food, shelter, education, medical needs, etc.) is one with the obligation to love Him and keep His Commandments.
Yes! My vote would be to allow anyone to purchase whatever they need to provide the necessary personal and family protection required, within reason, without Government interference. Within reason would include any personal weapon; knife, slingshot, bow, crossbow, or firearm that can be carried, not including fully automatic machine guns, artillery, or explosives, which would continue to be covered by existing regulations.
In His Service,
Sha’ul ben HaNetzarim