For some reason there is debate about the validity of the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America. Lets examine what it says
“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.”
I have heard from both lawmakers and private citizens that this amendment falls under the following categories in 2015.
- irrelevant to our day and age
- outdated and only meant for the year it was written
- only intended for people in state militias back in the day
- only intended for military and police officers
I think that the people who are trying to invalidate this Amendment have forgotten why the amendments were written to begin with.
Here are a couple of excerpts from the Wikipedia article that I referenced earlier about the 2nd Amendment.
“Although there is little doubt that the writers of the Second Amendment were heavily influenced by the English Bill of Rights, it is a matter of interpretation as to whether they were intent on preserving the power to regulate arms to the states over the federal government (as the English Parliament had reserved for itself against the monarch) or whether it was intent on creating a new right akin to the right of others written into the Constitution (as the Supreme Court decided in Heller). Some in the United States have preferred the “rights” argument arguing that the English Bill of Rights had granted a right. The need to have arms for self-defence was not really in question. Peoples all around the world since time immemorial had armed themselves for the protection of themselves and others, and as organized nations began to appear these arrangements had been extended to the protection of the state. Without a regular army and police force (which in England was not established until 1829), it had been the duty of certain men to keep watch and ward at night and to confront and capture suspicious persons. Every subject had an obligation to protect the king’s peace and assist in the suppression of riots. “
Here is another important excerpt from the article on Wikipedia
Experience in America prior to the U.S. Constitution
Early English settlers in America viewed the right to arms and/or the right to bear arms and/or state militias as important for one or more of these purposes (in no particular order):
- enabling the people to organize a militia system.
- participating in law enforcement;
- deterring tyrannical government;
- repelling invasion;
- suppressing insurrection, allegedly including slave revolts;
- facilitating a natural right of self-defense.
“Which of these considerations were thought of as most important and ultimately found expression in the Second Amendment is disputed. Some of these purposes were explicitly mentioned in early state constitutions; for example, the Pennsylvania Constitution of 1776 asserted that, “the people have a right to bear arms for the defence of themselves and the state”.
During the 1760s pre-revolutionary period, the established colonial militia was composed of colonists, including many who were loyal to British imperial rule. As defiance and opposition to British rule developed, a distrust of these Loyalists in the militia became widespread among the colonists, known as Patriots, who favored independence from British rule. As a result, some Patriots created their own militias that excluded the Loyalists and then sought to stock independent armories for their militias. In response to this arms build up, the British Parliament established an embargo on firearms, parts and ammunition on the American colonies.
British and Loyalist efforts to disarm the colonial Patriot militia armories in the early phases of the American Revolution resulted in the Patriot colonists protesting by citing the Declaration of Rights, Blackstone’s summary of the Declaration of Rights, their own militia laws and common law rights to self-defense. While British policy in the early phases of the Revolution clearly aimed to prevent coordinated action by the Patriot militia, some have argued that there is no evidence that the British sought to restrict the traditional common law right of self-defense. Patrick J. Charles disputes these claims citing similar disarming by the patriots and challenging those scholars’ interpretation of Blackstone.
Here is another interesting commentary on the matter
One aspect of the gun control debate is the conflict between gun control laws and the right to rebel against unjust governments. Blackstone in his Commentaries alluded to this right to rebel as the natural right of resistance and self preservation, to be used only as a last resort, exercisable when “the sanctions of society and laws are found insufficient to restrain the violence of oppression“. Some believe that the framers of the Bill of Rights sought to balance not just political power, but also military power, between the people, the states and the nation, as Alexander Hamilton explained in 1788:[I]f circumstances should at any time oblige the government to form an army of any magnitude[, ] that army can never be formidable to the liberties of the people while there is a large body of citizens, little, if at all, inferior to them in discipline and the use of arms, who stand ready to defend their own rights and those of their fellow-citizens.
So, here is the question I pose to those of you who question the validity or existence of the 2nd Amendment. Why was the American Revolutionary War fought? We fought that war so that we could separate ourselves from the oppression and tyranny of the British government. We decided that we had endured enough of their oppression and that we wanted our freedom. Our freedom has come through the shed blood of our forefathers who came before us. We enjoy our “life, liberty and pursuit of happiness” because those who came before us had the intestinal fortitude and courage to stand up against the oppression of that day.
I do not know about you but in the last 25 years I have seen very distinct signs that our federal government has all but lost sight of the U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights and the amendments. We can either sit idly by and entrust future generations to the ever growing oppression and tyranny in Washington D.C. or we can do everything in our power to have the same courage that our forefathers had to stop it.
It may take another American revolutionary war to do a hard reset on our country. I do not believe that we are there yet, and I do believe that we do have at our disposal peaceful tools which will allow us to slowly but surely wrong the rights, and fix our government. What are some of those tools?
- each patriot should get involved in local, county and state government
- each patriot should identify people who are running for office who are people interested in serving the people’s interests and protecting the U.S. Constitution and the 2nd Amendment
- each patriot should actively encourage friends, family and co workers to pull their heads out of the sand and to stop ignoring the criminal behavior of our leaders on the local, county, state and federal levels
- each patriot should encourage everyone to attend peaceful protests and present a united and intelligent front in opposition to those who have a liberal agenda which is destroying this great Republic as we know it.
On February 28th between 1 pm and 3 pm we South Carolinians have an opportunity to stand with other fellow patriots in support of the 2nd Amendment. This is being sponsored by Guns Across America South Carolina and co sponsored by Palmetto Concealed Carry.
If you believe in the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, and do not believe in oppressive and tyrannical government then you are a patriot. If you are a patriot I would encourage you to act like a patriot and start doing your part to make a difference. All it takes for evil to succeed is for good men and women to do nothing. I for one am sick and tired of the evil and the influence it has over all levels of our government.
Will you stand with us, and do whatever it takes to protect the life and liberty that our forefathers shed their blood, for this great Republic?