Chuck talks God and guns, Part 1

by Chuck Norris

God and guns are what our country was founded upon.

But more and more, these pillars of American life and liberty are being attacked and abandoned out of not only sheer bias but also ignorance of our founding fathers, the Revolutionary period and our Constitution. These pivotal American rights have become the brunt end of cultural jokes and often are regarded as biased lifestyle components of “rednecks” and rural citizens.

For example, gone but not forgotten is even President Barack Obama’s partiality on the campaign trail in April 2008. You might recall when he addressed the economic hardships, at a private California fundraiser, of those in Pennsylvania, with this quip: “You go into some of these small towns in Pennsylvania, and like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years, and nothing’s replaced them…. And it’s not surprising, then, they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion… as a way to explain their frustrations.”

Presently, with the Supreme Court back in session and new Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s narrow view of the Second Amendment, gun rights are back again on the docket. Two weeks ago, concerning a case out of Chicago, the justices agreed to rule on whether the Second Amendment gives Americans a constitutional right to keep and bear arms that is enforceable against local and state gun laws.

The indifference toward and lack of education and passion regarding all of our Bill of Rights gravely concerns me. And while there is nothing funny about it, it is one of many reasons roughly one-fifth of the 101 short stories are “Freedom” entries in my new book, The Official Chuck Norris Fact Book, a fun yet inspirational and educational book in which I share my 101 favorite Chuck Norris “facts” — embedded within five core values: freedom, family, faith, fitness and fight. (It will be released Nov. 1 and is now available for pre-order on for less than $9. Proceeds will go to help www.

In my column lastweek, I gave a sneak peek and example of a “Fight” entry, in which Idiscussed my struggle with a snake on “Walker, Texas Ranger.” In thiscolumn, I’d like to share an entry from my “Freedom” code. Each of the101 entries in the book is divided into four sections: one of myfavorite official facts, a related short story (“Let’s be honest”), aclassic or contemporary corresponding quote (“They said it”) and one ofmy principles for life (“Chuck’s Code”), which are represented by thefive “F’s,” or my core values. (Next week’s example will be on “Faith,”in “God and Guns, Part 2.”) Here’s Entry No. 49, on the SecondAmendment:

“Chuck Norris sleeps with a pillow under his gun.”

Let’sbe honest…. This past year I shot (no pun intended) an NRA publicservice announcement (now on YouTube) in which I shared my convictionabout self-defense: “If some thug breaks into my home, I could use myroundhouse kick. But I prefer he look down the barrel of my gun.”

Thereason I was so adamant in that PSA is because there has been somemovement in our country to get away from our Second Amendment rights.Last year, the Supreme Court even wrangled over the question, Shouldthe government allow private citizens or only public servants (“statemilitias”) “to keep and bear arms”?

Issomeone joking? Could the 27 words of the Second Amendment be anyclearer? “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of afree state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed” (emphasis added).

Justbecause Washington, DC had a pistol problem (with their ban on handgunsfrom 1976-2008, during which time the murder rate actually increased),the court (or government) shouldn’t penalize the rest of the country byresetting national precedent based upon a biased Constitutionalinterpretation. The Bill of Rights either encompasses the privileges ofevery citizen in every amendment or none at all.

Inthe early days of our country, many states had gun laws that alignedwith the Constitutional standard. As Chief Justice John Roberts asked,“If it is limited to state militias, why would they say ‘the right ofthe people’? … What is reasonable about a total ban on possession?”Thomas Jefferson similarly wrote near the end of his life in 1823, “Onevery question of construction [of the Constitution], carry ourselvesback to the time when the Constitution was adopted, recollect thespirit manifested in the debates, and instead of trying what meaningmay be squeezed out of the text, or invented against it, conform to theprobable one in which it was passed.”

Theysaid it… “Let your gun therefore be the constant companion of yourwalks.” — Thomas Jefferson, in a letter to his nephew Peter CarrChuck’s Code (Freedom): The right of the people to keep and bear armsshall not be infringed.

Lynyrd Skynyrd, a legendary Southern rock band, put it well in the title track of their new album, “God and Guns”:

Godand guns Keep us strong. That’s what this country Was founded on. Well,we might as well give up and run If we let them take our God and guns.

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