Friday, July 27, 2012
Understanding and Protecting the 2nd Amendment
The 2nd amendment grants every American citizen in good standing the right to keep and bear arms.
Throughout history governments had kept this right exclusively for themselves and used it to control their citizens. In fact it was only in America that such rights were actually written into the Constitution by the Founders and flow directly to the citizens.
The Founders had a reasonable fear that the nation that they had struggled so hard to build would at some time in the future become enslaved by a tyrannical government. They felt strongly that armed citizens would be insurance against that possibility. That is why the writers of the Constitution established the 2nd Amendment. It protects the future of our freedoms. Here are just a few examples of their thoughts
Daniel Webster- “Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom in Europe”
George Mason- reminding his compatriots of England's efforts "to disarm the people; that it was .the most effectual way to enslave them”.
George Washington- “Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth”.
Thomas Jefferson – “No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms. The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government"
There are many ways foolish politicians that along with the media are against this important amendment. They ignore its critical purpose and try to end its effectiveness. The vast majority of Americans have wisely and strongly resisted them. Surrendering this important right is unthinkable to most Americans, It should remain so.