We would like to recognize and celebrate a monumental amendment to the European country of Czechia's Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms (CFRF). The Senate voted to codify the “right of self-defense with a weapon.”
Our Second Amendment Rights in the United States:
The founders of our country understood that the right to self-defense and protection of life came from God and not from governmental authority. The precepts of this fundamental belief predated the 1791 ratification of the United States Bill of Rights. In fact, in 1689, the English Bill of Rights stated:
Subjects which are Protestants may have Arms for their Defence suitable to their Conditions, and as allowed by Law.
This concept of an innate right to defend oneself is a principle element of the U.S. Constitution, as seen here where we have the right to:
Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness
After all, how can someone pursue life without any ability to protect their own physical life or that of their family?
And does the right matter if you can't protect your life with a tool that is “commonly owned?” In other words, can you practically safeguard your life and your family if the only people who have firearms are the government and criminals who don't follow the law to begin with?
That was a rhetorical question. But, of course, the answer is “no.”
Anyhow, in my estimation, and the opinion of the court in DC Vs. Heller, the right to self-defense is hollow, without the right to “keep” and “bear” arms.
The Czech Charter Amendment is Monumental:
Now back to the Czechia news story!
Czechia's equivalent to our Bill of Rights is its Charter of Fundamental Rights. The proposed amendment needed a three-fifths majority (45 votes out of 74 Senators) to pass but received 54 votes.
The amendment, which will go into effect between August 1st and September 1st, of this year, will amend the Charter to contain a provision that says:
the right to defend one’s own life or the life of another person with a weapon is guaranteed under the conditions laid down by law.
Why is The Amendment Significant?
The law's passing is significant as many European Union (EU) countries have severely restricted individual gun rights. The Czech people wanted to protect that right and have leverage when discussing potential regulations proposed by those in the EU.
Here is what Senator Martin Červíček had to say about the amendment:
The proposal is not only symbolic in nature but can also serve as insurance for the future.
Červíček said he does not believe disarming the population will bring greater security. He makes the obvious point that criminals will obtain weapons illegally.
The Right to Self-Defense iBelongs to All People!
We genuinely believe that the individual's right to self-defense and to keep and bear arms is a fundamental right not just for us in the United States, but everyone!
Suppose you want to know more about how the Second Amendment and gun ownership shaped America. In that case, I recommend this fantastic book, First Freedom: A Ride Through America's Enduring History with the Gun.