A conservative radio host claimed that carrying a gun is a right 'from God'. Though you may want to check your Bible - it contains very few passages about M-16s.
Joe Walsh, the host of The Joe Walsh Program, and formerly a one-term member of the US House of Representatives, took to Twitter on Monday to share his thoughts on the pro-gun regulation advocates.
The absence of AK-47s and snub-nosed Berettas from Leviticus, or even Romans, did not go unnoticed by the assembled masses on Twitter.
In response to this, Walsh countered that the Founding Fathers believed in God-given rights.
His claim that freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and freedom of assemble, were also argued as 'inalienable' in the Declaration of Independence.
The right to bear arms, listed in the Bill of Rights, was not specifically granted on the grounds of these coming from God.
The First Congress of the United States convened on 25 September 1789, and in a joint resolution, proposed 12 amendments to the constitution, which itself had only recently been ratified.
Ten of these passed, creating the Bill of Rights.
In the preamble to the 12 amendments proposed, of which 'the right to bear arms' was actually the fourth proposal, the Founders wrote:
The Conventions of a number of the States, having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government, will best ensure the beneficent ends of its institution.
RESOLVED by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, two thirds of both Houses concurring, that the following Articles be proposed to the Legislatures of the several States, as amendments to the Constitution of the United States, all, or any of which Articles, when ratified by three fourths of the said Legislatures, to be valid to all intents and purposes, as part of the said Constitution; viz.
In fact, specifically it was a right written into the US Constitution's first ten amendments, passed by the people's representatives in government.
They were ratified 15 December 1791, by the terms set out in the constitution. Not God.
The Bill of Rights has no perceptible source in religious texts such as the Bible.
In addition to omitting guns from its passages, the Bible, and other religious texts, make no direct reference to excessive bail (Eight Amendment), or the right to petition the government (First Amendment).