In the United States, the first ten amendments are what is known as The Bill of Rights. As an armchair student of U.S. history, I could write quite a bit about the Constitution and the founding of our Nation. It would be a little out of place here, and so I will stick to one issue here.
The 2nd Amendment.
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.
This clear and very straightforward sentence gets mangled and twisted as people try to make it conform to what they want it to mean.
Anti-gun people focus a lot of their attention on the phrase A well regulated Militia. The Militia, those who would be called upon to defend the United States against aggression, had to be armed. The anti-gun people take this to mean that the military would be armed.
But this isn’t what the 2nd Amendment says. And the Militia being referred to here was…wait for it…the people.
This is very clear in the way that the 2nd Amendment does not read A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the Militia to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. It says the people.
We tend to forget in our time that back when these ideas were debated, people actually thought. They argued. They did not get their positions on political issues from celebrities or Facebook shares. In our dumbed-down society, we inject our approach to issues into the minds of people in the past. The reason the 2nd Amendment says the right of the people is because they meant the right of the people.
I don’t claim to be anyone special who is gifted with any unique insight into the matter. But I am able to think for myself, and in our time that is almost a superpower. I have said repeatedly, self-defense isn’t a Constitutional Right, it is a human right. As an independent and free human being, no one has the authority to tell me that I am not allowed to be equipped to defend myself and my Family.
If any of my anti-gun readers have read this far, I would like to point out that I was once very anti-gun. I was raised to be afraid of guns and afraid of the people who liked them. I am not your enemy. But there is a simple way of approaching this subject. If you do not want to own a gun, don’t buy one! I found enough reason to buy guns and before that, I took the time to learn about gun safety.
Every single time that some half-wit or radical idiot shoots someone we are inundated with cries to end one or more types of gun ownership. And such cries are complete and utter nonsense. People are still responsible for their own actions. Not society, not inanimate steel and polymer objects – individuals.
Anyway, that is my stance. I thank you for your time in reading this, and as always, likes and shares are greatly appreciated!