Bill of Rights Series: Second Amendment

There is a lot of debate on what the Second Amendment is all about.  In my work, I deal with a lot of liberals who say the Second Amendment isn’t needed.  They say that if it is needed that its only good for allowing people to hunt and shoot for sport.  I tell them they are dead wrong.

The Second Amendment reads…

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.

Just like the First Amendment, this one cannot stand alone.  While it may seem to some to be more important than the others, it is not.  It is equally important to all the others.  So lets break the amendment down like we did the First.

A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State,

The militia isn’t really for an invading army, although it can be used for such an occurrence.  The real reason for a militia is to defend against any aggressor, whether they be foreign or domestic.  An overbearing federal government can be an enemy the people need defense from.  The enemy can also be as domestic as a local government corrupted by their own greed and ambition.

the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

It cannot be more clear than that.  The right of the people to have weapons shall not be restricted.  I have some liberal friends that say the Second Amendment doesn’t specify what arms the people can have.  As far as they’re concerned, I still have my rights if the government says I can have a stick.  That cannot be further from the truth.

Here’s the reason; the Bill of Rights was left relatively vague for a reason.  It does not specify what the government can do, it specifies the limits on the federal government.

The fact of the matter is that before the Gun Control Act of 1968 there were no real restrictions on what kind of weapons you could own.  That meant we, as citizens, could be on an even keel with federal and state authorities.  Not any longer.  In fact, if you’re on equal standings, arms speaking, with the government, you’re in deep dookie.

How are we to defend ourselves?

How are we to defend ourselves from a tyrannical government if we cannot have the same weapons they have?  Clearly, finances would deter some of that anyway, but even if the money was there how do you stand up for your liberties without the types of arms the aggressors have?

Well, until the shit hits the fan, we have the political system as it stands.  We don’t need heavy machine guns and grenade launchers.  If the rubber ever does meet the road and we find ourselves in a situation where we do need that kind of firepower, we’ll get it.  Don’t you worry about that.  Until then, vote, speak up, be loud and be strong.  Don’t stand down under orders to do so.  Keep your liberties sacred so that your children and grandchildren can have them.  Let them experience what freedom really tastes like.  Maybe one day, we’ll taste it too.

III% Forever

I’d rather die on my feet, than live on my knees.

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