Concealed-Carry Weapon permit - a right or a privledge

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C.C.W. Privilege or Right?

There was a time when Americans were citizens not servants. It was before we had to ask permission to protect ourselves. It is written, "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 Bill of Rights). I was under the influence that I had the right to carry any weapon to protect myself, but I was wrong. I am required to apply for the privilege to protect myself called the Concealed-Carry Weapon permit (CCW). While being a servant to civil authority, I wonder how we evolved from citizens to servants, how did my rights turn to privileges, and how would the founders and framers of my country feel about this.

Citizens of this country are protected by the Bill of Rights. The purpose of the Bill of Rights is to prevent civil authority the misconstruction or abuse of its powers.

When someone is required to ask permission for a right they should clearly have, this devalues them into servants. This is a clear violation of the second amendment of the Bill of Rights. When tyrants rule the first way to increase their power is to take some away from its citizens or should I say servants. Now the person in power chooses who is given the privilege of personal protection. When you are required to ask for a permit you are only a servant of civil authority not a citizen.

A right is "something that is due to anyone by just claim" (Webster). The Bill of Rights gives, in writing, our rights. The right of self-defense is the right to preserve bodily integrity. A privilege is "a benefit enjoyed by a particular person or a restricted...