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Mark Levin at the NRA: ‘It’s not a bill of needs — it’s a bill of rights. The 2nd Amendment is included’

At the National Rifle Association Convention in Houston on Friday, conservative talker Mark Levin told attendees that the Bill or Rights were “under attack” from progressives in Washington, D.C.

“The forces that are gathering now in Washington and in the states to destroy our Second Amendment right are ominous,” Levin the author of “Ameritopia: The Unmaking of America,” said. “They’re not focused on criminals. They’re not focused on mass murderers. They’re focused on ‘we the people.’ The fact of the matter is these are very, very perilous times. The federal government is becoming increasingly powerful. The Bill of Rights are under attack — unless you’re a mass murder or a terrorist, in which place they kick in and are strongly defended. What I’m talking about are law-biding citizens.”

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“That’s who I care about, citizens who work hard, pay their taxes and want to defend their families and want to go hunting and want to have target practice. Or they have guns that sit in their closet for 30 years, and they never touch,” he said. “What do I care what they do with their weapons as long as they’re law-biding? And this is the point.”

“I hear it often said, ‘You don’t this type of firearm,’ ‘You don’t need this amount of ammunition,’” he said. “Well, wait a minute — who gets to decide that? We get to decide that. It’s not a bill of needs — it’s a bill of rights. The Second Amendment is included. As a matter of fact, there would be no Constitution but for the Bill of Rights.”

Delving into the history of the Bill of Rights, Levin said that the Constitution would never have been ratified had not been for the inclusion of the Second Amendtment. He also said that the Second Amendment exists, at least in part, to allow citizens to defend themselves from the government.

“The Second Amendment was absolutely crucial,” Levin said. “If you read the ratification document that was sent by New York and Virginia to ratifying the Constitution, you will see they raised the issue for the right of bearing arms and for the militia to be armed as well. One other aspect about the Second Amendment I’m sure all of you know, but just in case — the left likes to talk about a ‘well-armed militia,’ as if that somehow eliminates the other part of the Second Amendment.”

“Well of course, it doesn’t,” he continued. “But what is a well-armed militia? Why were the states demanding their militias be well-armed? They were demanding that their militias to be well-armed not only to defend themselves against foreign intruders but to defend themselves just in case the federal government got out of control. Now I know liberals don’t like to hear this kind of stuff, but this is our history. This is why we have a Second Amendment in our individual sovereignty.”

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