Barrett addresses Second Amendment March

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Tom Barrett addressed the Second Amendment March on Thursday at the Michigan Capitol, offering a rousing defense of the constitutional right to keep and bear arms before hundreds of enthusiastic Michiganders.

“I see people who are coming together to respect and protect the rights that we take as sacred,” said Barrett, R-Charlotte. “Our rights do not come from the governor of the state of Michigan. Our rights don’t even come from the Legislature.

“Our rights come from God, and our rights are there whether our governor or our federal Congress agrees with them or not. They are our rights for a reason — they are nonnegotiable.”

The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees that “. . . the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” Additionally, the Michigan Constitution provides its own protections for this fundamental right, asserting in Article I, Section 6: “Every person has a right to keep and bear arms for the defense of himself and the state.”

The Second Amendment March was founded in 2009 to highlight public support for the Second Amendment, with the first march held in 2010. Thursday’s event marks the 11th annual march in Lansing.

This year’s march coincides with Constitution Day, the 233rd anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution in Philadelphia on Sept. 17, 1787. The Second Amendment was ratified and added to the Constitution in 1791.

For more information on the annual march in support of the Second Amendment, visit 2AMarch.com.