A brief history of our second amendment
“The right of the citizens to bear arms in defense of themselves and the state shall not be questioned.”
As you are already aware the second amendment is under attack. When isn’t it, right? This time it feels different. The point of previous gun control was about fixing a specific issue and while still being unconstitutional it was somewhat limited in scope. This time, they just want all the guns and we need to be good little peasants and do what our government says. Not only no, HELL NO!
If you have done ANY kind of research on the history of the founding fathers and the revolutionary war you would know that the single reason they had for creating the second amendment was to give the people a check on a possible tyrannical government. At the time history was full of examples of standing armies overthrowing the government and felt a citizen militia was the better option. AFTER they established that (; is there for a big reason) they knew that the last resort would lie with the people. The right of the people to keep and bear arms SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED. Have we forgotten what the meaning of the word infringed is?
Different interpretations of the second amendment always seem to come up whenever people talk about how it pertains to a modern society. Anti gun believers always focus on one phrase, “well regulated” as their greatest argument against gun rights. First, this was talking about the citizen militia, not guns. Second, at the time the word “regulated” had a completely different meaning back then. This is actually a fascinating study in patience and control. Regulated used to mean to make regular, optimal or most efficient. Optimal is the key here. They were instructing to make sure the militia was well trained, well equiped and ready at a moments notice. They were called minutemen for a reason. Ready at a minutes notice. Fast forward about 100 years and along comes the progressive movement. They look at the attempts at gun control following the civil war and they see a problem. Judges! A judge who had studied the law, that was not a requirement to be a judge back then believe it or not, would simply read the second amendment and throw out the laws as unconstitutional. The steam engine would help change that.
Locomotive and steam ships were the latest technology at that time but they were dangerous. Then they invented the regulator. It was designed to make the engine work in its optimal state without blowing up, hence the name. It did this be limiting the pressure that could build up and the revs the engine could run at. It was from this the common understanding of the word “regulated” began to change. It was thought of as a limit from this point forward. Finally gun control had a chance. The progressives could point to that one word and say the founders intend there to be limits on our freedoms. Of course they did not! It took over 100 years but they finally had their gun control argument.
Why do people today have this idea that the bill of rights is some magical document that was written by a bunch of unknown authors, sort of like the 10 commandments or something. These were men who did not all die shortly after it was passed. This was 1791 and many went on the be presidents, legislators, governors, ambassadors and cabinet secretaries. They were asked about what things meant and why they used this word or that word. This stuff was all written down and still exists today for all to read. The meaning of the second amendment could not has been more clear. When all else fails it is up to the people to stand up and take their government and their rights back.
False argument number 2. The second amendment was intended to allow hunting and self defense only. WRONG! Tyranny, that is why we have a second amendment. How do we know this? How about from one of the authors himself, James Madison. In Federalist #46 Madison argues, “Besides the advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation, the existence of subordinate governments, to which the people are attached, and by which the militia officers are appointed, forms a barrier against the enterprises of ambition, more insurmountable than any which a simple government of any form can admit of. Notwithstanding the military establishments in the several kingdoms of Europe, which are carried as far as the public resources will bear, the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms. And it is not certain, that with this aid alone they would not be able to shake off their yokes. But were the people to possess the additional advantages of local governments chosen by themselves, who could collect the national will and direct the national force, and of officers appointed out of the militia, by these governments, and attached both to them and to the militia, it may be affirmed with the greatest assurance, that the throne of every tyranny in Europe would be speedily overturned in spite of the legions which surround it.” That’s a lot of words to say, you know what the problem with the rest of the world is…. they don’t have guns!
Checks and balances. We have three branches of government so that too much power cannot be acquired by just one person or group. That was the big plan back then but that is not the whole plan. To keep those three branches in check they decided on creating the 4th house or pillar of democracy, a free press. It was intended to watch closely the dill-holes in the government and make sure they don’t start any funny business. Well, that worked for about 5 minutes. Right away stories were written that were as fair as they were true, NOT! Something had to backstop the backstop. The 5th pillar of our democracy was created, the second amendment. If all else fails the people have the final and ultimate power to stop a government run amuck. These were the first two amendments to the constitution for a reason. These were the most important for the freedom of this great nation.
That takes us to today. We have two parties fighting for more power. Doing everything that can to destroy each other and running our debt up with full abandon. A press that is largely in bed with their favorite party, either one really. The mainstream media is in the tank for the democrats but if you think Fox is telling you the whole truth you took the blue pill! There is a deep state of un-elected bureaucrats that is secretly running things and billionaires buying elections. Pretty much the worst case scenario. Now they (as in them) KNOW there is just one thing standing in their way, US! Must abolish the first and second amendments pronto!
“Laws that forbid the carrying of arms . . . disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes . . . Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.”