The Second Amendment

Art Halvorson’s Stance on Issues – The Second Amendment

I strongly support American citizens’ right to bear arms under the Second Amendment.

The Second Amendment reaches back to our nation’s founding, as citizens protected their families, farms, and future from all threats. Our founders recognized the need to entrust arms to citizens, enabling them to defend against foes – domestic and foreign – and the dangers of the frontier. George Mason, who helped write the Bill of Rights, said, “To disarm the people is the most effectual way to enslave them.”

Today, our liberal federal government believes infringement on the fundamental rights of law-abiding citizens is an appropriate measure to prevent criminals and the psychologically unstable from acquiring firearms. Not only is this Unconstitutional, it is dangerous and shortsighted. Our government no longer trusts us, but they demand that we trust them by surrendering our rights.

Here in Pennsylvania, firearms are a way of life.  As a homestead farmer, my wife and I safely use firearms for hunting, enjoyment, and protection.  Every time liberal – and sometimes conservative – politicians attack our second amendment rights, they unashamedly assault our culture, heritage, and way of life.

I will not surrender our rights as citizens to the federal government, nor will I apologize for the culture and proud heritage of our district.  I will vocally and legislatively oppose any attempts to limit our right to bear arms and will work alongside organizations like the NRA, Gun Owners of America, and Firearms Owners Against Crime to educate Americans on the safe ownership and use of firearms.

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