We, as human beings, have certain inalienable rights. Those transcend Sharia law, English laws, and as much as some of you hate to admit, American laws, ergo the Constitution.
Actually, the U.S. Constitution, as amended, does exactly this - the Constitution does not confer any rights, but reaffirms those natural rights. While the document remains imperfect, it is as good an attempt in human history.
Don't talk to me about blacks, their rights, and how they were treated. Whether the Constitution outlined it or not (and it didn't), the rights minorities fought for well over 100 years after the Constitution was written, those were inalienable human rights.
Preaching to the choir here - all I ask of black people today (who suffer from NONE of the direct horrors of slavery, and while I recognize the residual effects, blacks today have more power today to make their situation better than whites do, particularly the large populations in America's urban centers, which are largely governed by black political leadership - for all the good it does), is to recognize how difficult a question it was and how many of the founders who were slaveholders agonized and struggled with the issue at great personal and professional expense, and judge them through the prism of history.
Now whether you agreed with that or not doesn't compute. You are comparing a Constitutional right (gun ownership) to something far greater. That's a mistake.
No, Ethan, that's your
mistake. The inalienable natural right of self-defense is enforced through the bearing of arms. The Constitutional right
is nothing of the sort - it is a Constitutional protection
of the right that was already there.
The 13th Amendment didn't magically free
black people in the southern United States - they were already free people by natural law. The 13th (following a lot of bloodshed, no question) merely codified that freedom and gave it the force of law, Constitutional supremacy, in fact, just in case there was any residual confusion about all of that.
The 2nd is no better, nor any worse than the 1st, 4th, 5th, 13th, etc.