“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.”
-The 2nd Amendment, as ratified by the States and authenticated by Thomas Jefferson, then-Secretary of State
As Thomas Jefferson said, “In questions of power…let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.”
But if the federal government won’t respect its own limits, how do we keep those chains applied?
James Madison, often referred to as “The Father of the Constitution,” said “that in case of a deliberate, palpable, and dangerous exercise of other powers, not granted” by the Constitution, the states not only have a right, but are “duty bound to interpose for arresting the progress of the evil.”
And in Federalist #46, he advised a “refusal to cooperate with officers of the Union” as a method to stop unwanted or unconstitutional federal acts.
Here at ShallNot.org, we take that to heart. We work to preserve and protect the 2nd Amendment by following James Madison’s advice, leveraging state and local action to block the effects of federal violations of the right to keep and bear arms.