The media has saturated our nations culture for many years now with the indoctrination of the validation of feelings. It has gotten to the point where many people truly believe that they have a sacrosanct right to feel a certain way.
Furthermore, they believe that everyone else must not only be sympathetic and understand their personal emotion, but also submit to their will in order to validate that emotion. This was evidenced in 1993 when Dianne Feinstein told the Associated Press that, “Banning guns addresses a fundamental right of all Americans to feel safe”. It has also been a common catchphrase in the recent push for banning campus carry in states such as Texas.
The right to "feel" safe? Really? Where does someone find that particular right listed in our United States Constitution? Where exactly is it enumerated in our Bill of Rights?
Some go so far as to point to the Declaration of Independence as their basis for this right to feel safe. They read, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness" and disregard the fact that the emotion of happiness is not what is unalienable. What is unalienable is the pursuit of the emotion of happiness, in so far as it doesn't impede anyone else's pursuit of their own happiness. Even still, there is never any direct mention of the right to feel safe in that pursuit.
This misguided belief that safety is an emotion to be felt is not only completely unfounded, but it is also inherently dangerous as evidenced in the tragic events which continuously plague gun free zones.
People, striving to "feel" safe have created these "gun free" utopias by passing laws and regulations and hanging up plastic signage advising everyone who enters that, this particular area, is chalk filled with people who take their feelings more seriously than their responsibilities. The result of these delusional feel safe utopias has repeatedly, and regretfully, been the complete lack of adequate protection against someone who has evil intent.
It is obvious that the feeling of safety is not equivalent to the act of choosing to be prepared and being safe on purpose.
Those of us who take our personal safety as a responsibility, acquiring knowledge and ongoing training, as well as carrying the most efficient tools available, have a clear and constitutionally protected right to keep ourselves safe, regardless of the feelings of others. The Second Amendment states, "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." No where in that text does it say, "Well, unless it makes you feel uncomfortable. Then, never mind."
Obviously, there is no right to feel safe. Thankfully, there is a right to be safe. Your feelings are not protected by our United States Constitution. However, you absolutely do have the right to protect your life and thereby your ability to continue feeling the myriad of emotional experiences you encounter everyday.
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