Former Mayor: Politician Rhetoric on Gun Use Insults Responsible Gun Owners

Sebastian Giuliano says the Second Amendment acknowledges a pre-existing right of citizens to keep and bear arms.


Middletown Patch Editor's note: Former Republican Mayor of Middletown Sebastian Giuliano wrote this piece which appeared Jan. 28 in the Middletown Insider.

To the Editor:

The Second Amendment is not limited to guns. It states that ... the right of the people to keep and bear ARMS shall not be infringed." This includes any kind of "arms" — guns, knives, spears, swords, battle axes, maces and, when they are invented, phasers and lightsabres.

The Second Amendment did not "create" or confer any rights. It acknowledged a pre-existing right of the PEOPLE to keep and bear arms. 

Let me ask a simple question: What existed first, individuals with weapons, or armies (militias, if you prefer)? The answer is obvious. Armies were formed from armed individuals banding together (that's basically the definition of "militia").

Let me ask another question: At what point in human history was the inherent right of the individual to arm him/herself subsumed into the power of the state to raise an army? I cannot find any instance wherein free people made such a covenant or compact; I can only conclude that such rights, where they no longer exist, have been tyrannically usurped.

The individual has the inherent (for those of you who don't recognize the term "God-given") right to arm him/herself with weapons equivalent to those with which he/she might be threatened. For those who say that the Second Amendment only extends to muskets, blunderbusses and Kentucky rifles, I respond that those weapons represented the "state-of-the-art" at the time; the framers of the Constitution clearly did not intend for the minions of the government to have such a deadly advantage over the citizens.

As much as I can recognize the damage that one individual bent on destruction can wreak with a firearm, I can't justify limiting the rights of the entire citizenry as an acceptable remedy. For every firearm used improperly, there are countless, just like it, that are not and never will be. To attempt to paint millions of responsible citizens with the same broad brush and, thereby, limit their rights is something I will never accept and to which I will never accede.

I, frankly, decline to admit or deny that I may own a firearm. It's nobody's business. But I do have a bit of a military background and I have been trained to handle some pretty scary stuff. I can tell you, without reservation, that all responsible gun owners and people who have ever fired a gun sincerely hope (and pray) that they will NEVER have to fire it at another human being; no person with a soul or conscience or thought or feeling would ever wish to be in that position.

But they also don't want to be defenseless in the face of an attack upon themselves. For elected officials, who have sworn to preserve and protect the rights of each and every individual citizen, to be telling such citizens, of whose individual circumstances they are completely ignorant, what and how much they "need" is not only violative of their sworn duty, it is condescending, arrogant, contemptuous and downright insulting.

I, for one, can never — and will never — support any political figure who demonstrates such an attitude, be it by his/her words or conduct.

-- Sebastian Giuliano, Former Mayor of Middletown

Steve February 03, 2013 at 11:59 PM
John, It is your understanding that is flawed. I suggest you look up the Militia Act. It was originally passed in 1792 & has been updated many times since then. The militia is divided into two parts (3 in CT), the organized militia which is the National Guard & the unorganized militia which is the body of the people at large. 2nd, your understanding of the 'well regulated' is based upon modern usage not that in use at that time. Check here: http://www.constitution.org/cons/wellregu.htm
drew February 04, 2013 at 12:59 AM
John by your logic. I can expect the military to mow my lawn and plow my driveway because they have lawnmowers and plow trucks... if the military can do it I don't need to right?
Jim Braun February 04, 2013 at 12:59 AM
The only issue I have with your response is I am far from a member of the anti-gun crowd. I read the article and as a neutral party, I take issue with the writer's first paragraph. Also, my perception is the line in the sand as currently drawn is arbitrary, hence my tank, rpg, and grenade comments. What is the reason for the limitations as they currently stand? Why isn't an M16 legal right now for a civilian to buy and own? Simply because the arbitrary line in the sand is where it is right now. The anti-gun crowd wants to move the line, and the gun crowd wants to keep it where it is. Why is that? Why not try to move it in the other direction? That's the part I have never heard someone address. The writer makes it sound as if any and every armament is ownable, but clearly it isn't, hence an arbitrary line in the sand that already limits the Second Amendment. Again, I am not in the anti-gun crowd.
Steve February 04, 2013 at 02:28 AM
@Jim, I agree with you that the line is somewhat arbitrary. I think its mainly due to the nature of politics & politicians that are ignorant of what they're legislating. I have read some rationalization that the line should be drawn around what an ordinary, individual soldier would carry. While grenades, RPGs, etc. are used individually, their explosive nature puts them in a somewhat different category. I will say that the use of explosives was little regulated for many years & people could buy dynamite at the local hardware store to blow up stumps until at least the 1940's. I personally wouldn't mind pushing back the other way & eliminate the Hughes amendment to the '86 FOPA which closed the automatic firearms registration. To the best of my research, there have only been 1 or 2 legally owned full autos that have been used in the commission of a crime. However, so many people have little understanding of firearms & believe what they see in the movies & on TV. Its unlikely that something that drastic would change anytime soon. There have been quite a few pushbacks in recent years along the legal front. DC v Heller was a big one followed up by McDonald v Chicago. Recently another court case if forcing Illinois to pass a concealed carry law who was the last state holding out on having some type of carry law.
Mark February 04, 2013 at 08:22 PM
The last thing we need are more gun laws. This will just be one more step in the march to strip us of our god given rights.


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