The Left’s Manipulation of the Second Amendment

Another horrible mass shooting has occurred, this time in a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. In the early hours of Sunday morning, June 12, 2016, an apparent lone wolf terrorist armed with three different firearms let loose in a building filled with over 300 people as he reportedly shouted Allahu Akbar, which is standard protocol for radical Islamic terrorists as they carry out their mission to kill infidels.

As those affected by this tragedy sought to cope with their sadness and begin a mourning process, the left as usual started to exploit and propagandize the incident in a call for gun control. From pundits to the president, their ignorance was on full display.

The left has tried to manipulate the Second Amendment for years and see mass shootings as an opportunity to justify violating our rights by taking them away. While they seek to ban this or regulate that, Americans’ safety is at risk. Whether the left proposes a decrease in magazine capacity or requires prospective purchasers to submit to a background check, they totally miss the bigger point and have no understanding of why preserving the Second Amendment is so important. Certainly required background checks have been in place, at least in California, for decades. But where magazine capacity is concerned, the lives of law abiding citizens are at risk when their ability to defend themselves in their own homes is limited.

The bigger point is that criminals can still acquire firearms no matter how many laws are passed. In fact, the more laws on the books, the easier it is for a criminal to carry out a crime involving a firearm. Hardened criminals don’t need a gun store to purchase a gun. They likely buy them on the black market. What politicians really need to be focusing on is keeping guns out of the hands of felons and mentally unstable individuals, not law abiding citizens.

Laws limiting gun rights have the exact opposite effect as what they purport to do. The argument for banning certain weapons is to end senseless murders, but no law can eliminate senseless murders in and of itself. Laws can attempt to keep guns out of the hands of criminals or impose penalties on those who wish to own certain firearms but since any criminal can get around those laws it’s just absurd to think otherwise and asinine to insist such laws would be effective.

Taking firearms out of the hands of law abiding citizens emboldens criminals, that’s why owning one should be a duty. It’s kind of like potty-training. There comes a time in a child’s life that he/she needs to be potty-trained. Similarly, as citizens at some point in our lives we need to be responsible and know how to arm ourselves. It’s just a natural part of dutifully exercising our Second Amendment rights.

In the wake of this tragic event, President Obama took to the microphone to reiterate what he says after every mass shooting. He said we as Americans need to do some “soul searching” where gun violence is concerned. When Obama says we need to do some soul searching, it is he who needs to do some soul searching for he has been doing everything he can to destruct this country and the Constitution, putting our fundamental freedoms in jeopardy.


Tom Folden is a political strategist, conservative author, and Editor-at-Large of, a website for conservative viewpoints. An original participant in the Tea Party, he takes part in pro-America rallies when his time permits. He is also a singer/songwriter and recording artist. For interviews and/or appearances, please contact him at