This is the second in a series of posts I want to do on the Bill of Rights. It seems that most Americans have forgotten or never learned what these first ten amendments to our Constitution said and what they mean to our freedoms. The Constitution would not have been ratified without them.
I am going to post each amendment and make a few comments on them as I do.
Second Amendment: Right to keep and bear arms
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 amendment is the reason for this series of articles on the Bill of Rights. This has probably the most debated of all of the Bill of Rights amendments. The Supreme Court has finally said that this amendment give citizens the right to keep and bear arms and that it supersedes any state and local laws to the contrary. The question is whether or not it only pertains to those in the “militia.” The wording tells us that a well-regulated militia is necessary for a free state, therefore, the ordinary people have the right to keep and bear arms for that purpose.
There was no National Guard in those days. People not only had the right to keep and bear arms, they had the responsibility to keep and bear arms for national security. They were to be ready on short notice to come to the nation’s defense whether the threat was domestic or foreign.
The word “infringe” means to break or to violate rights. This means that this right cannot be broken or violated, even by a UN treaty.
You will notice that the founders thought this was necessary to ensure freedom (a free state). An armed citizenry will ensure that there is sufficient force to keep the freedoms given us by God and guaranteed to be protected by the law of this nation.
Those, like Hitler, who want to control the people always start by disarming them. This is the only reason for disarming the citizens of America. It has been proven over and over again that when the citizens are armed there is less violent crime.
But this is really not the only reason for this amendment. Remember that we had just gone through a war to overthrow an oppressive government. They realized that they could not have done this if the citizens had not been armed. That is why the amendment is worded the way it is. To have the militia necessary to protect our freedoms we must have armed citizens.
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