The Second Amendment

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The Second Amendment a Right Like No Other

The words of our Founding Fathers echo through time. To this day their words constantly remind us that Freedom is dangerous and requires constant vigilance to maintain. These burning words of liberty were brought together into one article that over arched the fight for our independence, the free individual and the great hope for our future... The Declaration of Independence. In their wisdom our Founding Fathers also created the Bill of Rights which recognized the natural preexisting rights of the individual. In particular the right to self-defense, from individuals and tyrannical governments. The Declaration of Independence detailed the rights and rolls of the people when government becomes tyrannical.

"When a long train of abuses and usurpations pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty to throw off such governments and provide new guards for their future security."

And how did they intend for the people to throw off such governments? With firearms. These sacred documents enshrined the right to keep arms and the duty to be ever vigilant of tyrannical agents of government. Our Founding Fathers Knew there would be a battle between those who want power and those who want freedom. And the struggle would be dangerous. This is why I believe our Founding Fathers focused on empowering the individual to keep themselves safe, instead of commanding the government to take up the responsibility of the individual. 

And they were right. To this day we see the line of despotism being pushed closer and closer. We have an ever growing government obsessed with critiquing our existence when it comes to our right to keep and bear arms, all under the guise of "public safety".  What did Benjamin Franklin think of trading liberty for security?

They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."

William Pitt the younger knew this tactic all to well and was not phased by it in the least.

"Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves."

 It's has always been a dangerous time to be an advocate of freedom. Government believes they can limit or debar individuals from their natural human rights not given by government in the first place. The government has no such authority. Our rights do not come from government or the constitution, nor can they be taken by the perversion of either. But they will try. It is the price of constant vigilance we must pay. Like Thomas Jefferson said, "I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery".

We stand on those grounds laid out by our Founding Fathers that recognize natural human rights, like the Second Amendment, authored by James Madison...

"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 one right defends all other rights of the individual. The Second Amendment is often considered the most important due to its significance in protecting individual liberties Some believe the second amendment should have been the first. Especially St. George Tucker. He said,

"This may be considered as the true palladium of liberty.... The right of self defense is the first law of nature"

And while I don't disagree, a civil society; one that hopes to maintain peace through discourse rather than violence; must begin with diligent, thoughtful discussion and diplomacy. However, should those efforts fail, the Second Amendment provides another avenue for liberty and morality to prevail.

America was Born out of the second amendment. America was born out of the fight for our Natural, preexisting Right to keep and bear arms. On the night of April 18, 1775, hundreds of British troops marched from Boston to nearby Concord, Massachusetts in order to seize an arms cache in order to facilitate control and limit the scope of resistance. Paul Revere and colonial militiamen began mobilizing to intercept the Redcoats. On April 19, local militiamen fought with British soldiers in the Battles of Lexington and Concord in Massachusetts, marking the “shot heard round the world” that signified the start of the Revolutionary War. The attempt to seize arms was the final straw, they would be pushed no further.   

Moreover, in Federalist Paper No. 29, Alexander Hamilton expressed that the Second Amendment acts as a means of "the people being armed, which will have a material influence in deterring oppressive measures" by the government. This reflects the right of citizens to bear arms to ensure their freedom and protect against potential abuses of power and emphasized the importance they placed on the right to keep and bear arms in itself. However, the Founders' understanding of the Second Amendment extended far beyond individual self-defense. To the defense of others and defense from a tyrannical government.

The Government and Firearms

As we've seen time and time again. Throughout history; power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. And the government of today is no different. Every year corrupt legislators introduce unconstitutional bills that attempt to ban the purchase and possession of firearms, magazines, ammunition and certain individuals. Red flag, laws seek to disarm people merely accused of potential misbehavior by family, friends and in some cases even co-workers and romance acquaintances. There have been numerous attempts to strip the freedoms of Americans by unconstitutional executive orders imposing bans on bump stocks, frames and receivers and pistol braces. Firearms crimes carry harsh sentences including a lifetime ban on the ownership of firearms. Completely stripping individuals of their natural human right to self defense. 

So the submission of these unconstitutional, treasonous bills is a constant spear tip pointed at gun owners. Demanding unrelenting vigilance to combat. This is how the government passed UNCONSTITUTIONAL laws like the NFA (National Firearms Act) of 1934, GCA (Gun Control Act) of 1968 and the Brady Act of 1993 (which was an amendment to the GCA of 1996) These bills Banned the sale and possession of Automatic firearms (NFA). Regulated interstate and foreign commerce of firearms and created FFLs (GCA). And created the requirement for a background check to purchase a firearm (Brady act).

These "laws" are the definition of INFRINGMENT. However, our friend Thomas Jefferson said

"If a law is unjust, a man is not only right to disobey it, he is obligated to do so."

This notion was reaffirmed by the United States Supreme Court in Marbury vs Madison. In 1803. Stating "All laws which are repugnant to the constitution are null and void." 

This overarching theme of usurpation of our representatives has been expressed before in Federalist Papers:

"If the representatives of the people betray their constituents, there is then no resource left but in the exertion of that original right of self-defense which is paramount to all positive forms of government, and which against the usurpations of the national rulers, may be exerted with infinitely better prospect of success than against those of the rulers of an individual state. In a single state, if the persons intrusted with supreme power become usurpers, the different parcels, subdivisions, or districts of which it consists, having no distinct government in each, can take no regular measures for defense. The citizens must rush tumultuously to arms, without concert, without system, without resource; except in their courage and despair."

- Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 28

You can feel how important this was to them. They knew the Future impact this would have. And it again reiterates the emphasis on individual liberty over safety. As we've already established that Freedom is inherently dangerous.

"Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are ruined..." -Patrick Henry

Again harkening back to the Second Amendment and it's supreme importance.

2nd Amendment's Timeless Relevance.

Our Founding Fathers were incredibly cunning and intelligent. They were gentlemen; politely and artfully outlining a fair system in hopes of securing a better future for all of us. At the same time making it clear that a government that brings about despotism WILL NOT BE TOLERATED. They understood with crystal clarity that "Government is not reason, it is not eloquence. It is Force. Like fire it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master." -George Washington

The Second Amendment's essence lies in safeguarding personal freedoms, defending against tyranny, and maintaining a strong, well-regulated militia. Providing another avenue for freedom to prevail when despotism precludes the liberties of We The People. The wisdom and reasoning of the Founders, as articulated in the Federalist Papers, remain relevant today, emphasizing the enduring importance of the Second Amendment in preserving a free and secure society.

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"A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercise, I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball, and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be your constant companion of your walks."

- Thomas Jefferson, letter to Peter Carr, August 19, 1785