Is this debate even about school safety anymore? Gun control advocates are focused on one thing and it's not schools. We are facing the loss of liberty. Over the last few decades we have witnessed the weakening of the First Amendment to the point it's on life support and now we are looking at the loss of the Second Amendment.

Gun control advocates like to tell us that nobody is coming after our guns and we are ridiculed for being paranoid. But every so often the truth slips out and they show their hand. Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens applauded the March for Our Lives demonstrators in a New York Times op-ed and said "But the demonstrators should seek more effective and more lasting reform. They should demand a repeal of the Second Amendment." At least ex-justice Stevens is honest.

Then, just last Monday Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., announced legislation allowing firearm confiscation. Her legislation is apparently based on current Indiana law that allows law enforcement to confiscate weapons without a court order and the individual must go to court and plead his case to get his weapons back. They are going after the Second Amendment and outright ignoring the Fourth!

Again, at least some gun control advocates are being honest and not hiding their motives and intentions. Others are using the so-called youth movement to advance the gun control agenda. First it was the "teen led" March for Our Lives and now those same groups are behind the "teen led" Town Hall Projects. The events target Republican representatives and senators as they meet with constituents and are backed and funded by the likes of Tom Steyer's NextGen America, the Center for American Progress, Indivisible, among others.

Lovers of liberty need to be engaged in the public debate. In a very good article about what the Founding Fathers really believed about guns, a colleague, Justin Haskins, stated "The Second Amendment is truly precious. From this one protection, all other liberties are made possible. Without it, liberty only exists so long as those with weapons, the government, permit the people to have freedom."

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As ex-Justice Stevens points out, the Second Amendment is the target whether it is repealed as he suggests or merely weakened by the courts and Congress, the result is the same. But, while we are being honest, it is important to add some context. The Second Amendment does not grant us anything, our right to protect life and property comes from God. The Second Amendment was instead a promise made by the federal government to the states and citizens that it would protect our natural rights. While unlikely, the repeal of the Second Amendment does not affect or limit our rights, it just makes it easier to break a promise.

Grande represented the 41st District in the N.D. Legislature from 1996 to 2014. She is a wife, mom, grandma, research fellow with the Heartland Institute, lover of life and Jesus. Opinions are solely her own.