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Human rights are granted by God

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Posted: Monday, December 5, 2011 12:00 am

I am commenting on "Politicians trying to remove Second Amendment rights" (Nov. 16). Without any criticism for the writer, I am mostly interested in the title, which purports that the constitution grants a right. Also, the writer criticizes that politicians seek to take guns away from law-abiding "citizens." (What is a "citizen"?)

Human rights are granted by God, not by the constitution — and not by government. I claim God-given human rights, and I have no interest in government-given civil rights or constitutional rights. Wherever people consent as being a U.S. citizen to enjoy civil or constitutional rights, one day, these alleged rights can suddenly vanish as if they had never existed.

I remind people that the Constitution limits the powers of government, and wherever a human right is mentioned, such as the writ of habeas corpus, the language states that the government shall not take that right away. Nowhere does the Constitution claim to give a right.

My second comment pertains to the common mistake of believing that rights are given to U.S. citizens. The preamble states that We the People created the Constitution. It doesn't state "We the Citizens." A considerable amount of corruption developed and the federal government was victorious in the Civil War by the time the 14th Amendment defined "citizen." A claim of being a 14th Amendment creation in legal fiction is not a claim of being a child of God.

Daniel Hutchins


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