Respect my second amendment rights

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Austin Swan, Reporter

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. – The second amendment

 

The second amendment was created by our founding fathers because they believed that all people had a right to self preservation given to them by nature and by God. Self preservation covers defense against threats, foreign and domestic, self defense, hunting for food, and resistance to tyranny.

The founding fathers understood that it is possible for any government to become tyrannical, and they also knew that an armed populus could serve as a good defense from said tyrannical government.

Foreign threats to American citizens include invasion from another country. Even though this is quite unlikely, there is little reason to not be prepared. Domestic threats to citizens include gangs, government overreach, unjust upholding of the law, etc.

There are approximately 30,000 gun deaths each year in the United States, and according to the US Department of Justice around 60% of those are suicides.

According to the National Institute of Justice, guns are used to save lives defensively somewhere between 500,000 to 3,000,000 times each year. Guns save far more lives than they take.

Resistance to tyranny is possibly the most important reason to have the second amendment. The founding fathers had just won a war in which they resisted a tyrannical government when they created the Bill of Rights. They understood how important it was/is for the armed populus to be able to defend itself from government overreach and keep the government from becoming too powerful.

The founding fathers often brought up the need for a “well armed militia”, which is to say an armed populus capable of fending off the government. By this logic, the citizens should have rights to whatever grade of firearm would allow them to defend themselves against the government.

This type of well armed militia is the single greatest deterrent for a potentially tyrannical government.

Many people who are pro gun control legislation will say that the second amendment was made at a time where muskets were the strongest firearm, so the second amendment shouldn’t protect rifles.

This is a fallacy, at the time of the creation of the second amendment, the musket was a military grade weapon. AR-15’s are several grades below military grade. Relatively speaking, AR-15’s are a less powerful weapon for citizens in use against government malfeasance.

The founders wanted to arm their citizens because they wanted to ensure that the well armed militia would be able to defend itself. If the second amendment only protected muskets, the citizens would not stand a chance against a corrupted government.

Gun control supporters will often throw out the idea that the second amendment was made just for hunting, because at the time of the founding, hunting was the primary way to get food for most families.

By reading the constitution and looking at other works by the founding fathers, it becomes quickly and obviously apparent that this is not the case.

In the second amendment, the founding fathers wrote that a well armed militia is necessary to the security of a free state. A militia, in this case, was not the army but rather the armed population.