Is Your Need For a Gun More Important Than Everyone’s Need to Feel Safe?
Who really needs a gun? What may be a more important question is why does any one need a gun? Some gun rights advocates argue that guns are necessary for hunting. Others argue that guns are necessary for self-protection and protection of property.
The Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States affords the citizens of the United States the privilege to have firearms for the purpose of hunting and personal protection from bad actors inherently. Do not misunderstand, the ability to own firearms in the United States is a right and because of that right we have guns for the purpose of hunting and personal protection from criminals.
The right to keep and bear arms is guaranteed in the constitution to protect the people from an out of control government and protection from invasion. The founding fathers provided a lot of context regarding this matter.
It is therefore easy to understand that the founders established the ultimate protection for the people to keep and bear arms, and as such it became unnecessary for dedicated language to be added for the lawful use of weapons in any other faucet.
So who really needs a gun? It could be argued that every capable able body person in the country should have and needs a gun.
Our founding fathers answered why.
“A militia when properly formed are in fact the people themselves…and include, according to the past and general usage of the states, all men capable of bearing arms… “To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them.” — Richard Henry Lee, Federal Farmer №18, January 25, 1788
Our founding fathers understood, and recent history demonstrates that disarmament is necessary for control and precedes genocide and oppression. Noah Webster said, “Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed, as they are in almost every country in Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops.”
We the People, are the Militia.
History has a proven tract record showing that mass murder follows disarmament. Joseph Stalin is estimated to have killed over 20 million of his citizens, here is what he said.
The first order of business, when Stalin took power, was to disarm, instituting gun control in 1929, his first year in power. Subsequently, beginning in 1930s he had nearly 1 million people executed and many more forced into work camps or starved.
A study of Hitler’s rise to power again shows that the restriction of guns and additional gun controls made Hitler’s ability too oppress and Kill much easier. Hitler centralized the police force and confiscated weapons and firearm manufacturing. Weapons seized were distributed back to the oppressors leaving the Jews and other non-desirables to the Reich completely defenseless. The Nazis ultimately killed 6 million Jewish people and an estimated 13 million total.
Those who make the argument, like this article on Whistling in the Wind, that gun restrictions in these cases did not have an adverse affect on the inevitable outcome miss the greater point. They fail to see the utter genius of the American Founding Fathers and the protection they bestowed upon us.
The Second Amendment was placed in the Constitution to ensure that the People would have the ability to guarantee their own freedom. The ability of the States and the People to possess the same armaments as the government is essential to ensuring that they have the ability to confront oppression. The importance of the Second Amendment has already been demonstrated but largely forgotten because of the surrounding circumstances.
The American Civil War is a clear example of why the Second Amendment works. The reason for the war is irrelevant. Slavery was wrong, and bringing the practice to an end was absolutely the right course of action. So all the trolls can just move along. In fact protection of fundamental rights is a Constitutional carter of the Federal Government. With that being said the American Civil War demonstrates why the Second Amendment was established.
The Confederate States lost the war but not because they lacked the instruments or ability to fight. In reality the secession from the Union would not have been possible if the people who believed they were being wronged did not possess the ability to standup to the government. The war would have never happened because the Southern States would not have had the means to fight. The Study of this time period shows that the Confederacy losing comes down to a couple key advantages the north possessed due to its manufacturing industry and key mishaps by Confederate Generals.
The Second Amendment does not guarantee victory. It does however guarantee to opportunity to fight back. It also, as it was originally intended, reduces the likelihood of oppression because of the opportunity to fight back.
The Founding Fathers placed several checks and balances within our Constitutional frame work. The Second Amendment is one of those checks and balances. If guns makes you feel unsafe, you will probably never feel safe because guns will never go away. Someone will always be in possession of guns and arms. The question to ask yourself is this, do you feel safer with the government and its actors being the only ones in possession of the guns you fear so much?