- Published on Sunday, 27 January 2013 04:20
- Written by Christine
The 2nd amendment is not about politics. It is not about left, right, democrats or republicans. The 2nd amendment is about the constitution and our inalienable rights.
The 2nd amendment is about the right to protect yourself, your home and your property. It's about a husband's right to defend his wife. A mother's right to defend her children and woman's right to defend herself against an attacker.
There are people that argue that 2nd amendment is being misinterpreted by us “gun totin' nuts”. But it is not so. It is very clear what our founding fathers meant by the 2nd amendment. There is quote after quote by our founding fathers the refer to gun and their importance to our freedom as citizens.
There are those that argue that our 2nd amendment rights are for “militia” only. What exactly is the militia comprised of? The militia is comprised of the citizens. In the 1780's the militia was not comprised of camo wearing people only. The militia was comprised of everyday citizens that were expected to protect their towns, hamlets and villages. They were not issued rifles. They were expected to provide their own rifles.
The constitution does not say you have the right to hunt, to skeet shoot or to target practice. What the constitution says is that you have the right to bear arms and it shall not be infringed. It does not say it must be a musket. It does not say that is can only hold one round or 20 rounds. It gives no description at all of what those arms should or must look like.
We are often told that we do not know what the founding fathers meant by the lines of the 2nd amendment. Here a just a few quotes from our founding fathers that make it clear what they meant.
"A free people ought to be armed."
"No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms."
"I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery."
"The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws of such a nature. They disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes.... Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man."
"A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball, and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be your constant companion of your walks." - Thomas Jefferson
"The Constitution of most of our states (and of the United States) assert that all power is inherent in the people; that they may exercise it by themselves; that it is their right and duty to be at all times armed."
"On every occasion [of Constitutional interpretation] let us carry ourselves back to the time when the Constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit manifested in the debates, and instead of trying [to force] what meaning may be squeezed out of the text, or invented against it, [instead let us] conform to the probable one in which it was passed."
"I enclose you a list of the killed, wounded, and captives of the enemy from the commencement of hostilities at Lexington in April, 1775, until November, 1777, since which there has been no event of any consequence ... I think that upon the whole it has been about one half the number lost by them, in some instances more, but in others less. This difference is ascribed to our superiority in taking aim when we fire; every soldier in our army having been intimate with his gun from his infancy."
Our founding fathers gave up much to give us our freedoms and the constitution that guarantees them.
History has repeated itself many times in many countries but always in those countries where the citizens had allowed themselves to be disarmed with the promise of security. Those people didn't receive security but tyranny just as our founding fathers had forwarned us about.
We are guaranteed the right to bear arms to protect ourselves not just from the individual that may intend us harm but from the governments, be they foreign or domestic, that intend us harm.
For those that say such thinking is a thing of the past – look closely at very recent history and ask those people in many countries if they think it is a thing of the past. Ask the citizens of London if during the riots when they had no means to protect themselves from those that chose to loot and harm people how they felt about losing the right to bear arms.
The right to bear arms should never be a thing of the past for Americans. It is the right to bear arms that separates us from many other countries. It is what keeps us free. It is what makes us Americans.