Welcome to the second week of the Know Your Rights series, in which we are exploring and explaining the Bill of Rights and the rights, therefore, that we have and must protect against every offender. This week we are talking about the 2nd Amendment, which is a hot topic these days.
The 2nd Amendment is best known as the right to bear arms. The full text reads; “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 idea to be able to protect yourself from others and from oppressive government is an idea that came from many heads. From John Locke to Samuel Adams; from Thomas Jefferson to George Washington; all of the founders and influential thinkers supported the rights of the citizens to keep and bear arms. They understood that it was a necessary part of the security of keeping a free state.
There is little that you have to study or understand about this brief but clear statement. The right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. It isn’t written in some old-timey English that doesn’t translate well to modern terms. It isn’t referring to any single type of arms – it is referring to all arms.
Regulating the age at which a free adult may purchase a gun is an infringement on their rights. Regulating the types of guns that a free adult may purchase is an infringement on their rights. Regulating the amount of ammo that a free adult may purchase is an infringement on their rights.
At any time that Americans have their right infringed upon – especially by their own government – Americans should be outraged. We should stand up and speak out. We should demand our rights be respected by our government and tell them that we will not tolerate a government that aims to lord their authority over ours.
Perhaps the most persuasive argument in favor of the Second Amendment actually comes from a Japanese Commanding Officer. During World War II Isoroku Yamamoto said, “You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.”
Homework: Look for reliable statistics about gun violence. Do your own homework and come to your own conclusion. Be educated about your beliefs, do not start empty arguments.