“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
It is this powerful preamble that begins one of the most, if not the most, important documents in American History. A document that has been argued over and reinterpreted time and time again, both by good judges and bad judges. Now centuries later we argue of the spirit of the law and the letter of the law.
And today this features most prominently in discussions over the second amendment. We cannot have a discussion of the second without first looking toward the first. “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” Why is this important and what does it have to do with the second amendment? A lot actually.
The idea behind the first amendment is very clear. It’s about protecting your freedoms of religion, speech, the press, peaceful protest, and petitioning the government. The founders recognized that without these rights governments turn tyrannical and begin to force their own will on the people they govern. The Founding Fathers of this country had just come from a war to end the tyrannical rule of England over the colonies. The states were not soon to forget that fight and made sure to keep the government away from these rights.
This leads into the second amendment. “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.” To most the reason for this amendment is obvious. Ignoring all the stupid people and their stupid reasons. The second amendment is not some relic of a bygone era. The Founding Fathers recognized that if the government infringes on the first amendment then it falls upon the people to exercise this right to shrug off the government.
There is a reason the second amendment is isn’t listen among the freedoms along with the first amendment. It’s so important it deserves its own. The right of the people to form a militia to fight a government of tyranny was important to the founders and it should be important to the people of today.
We can claim that guns hurt people, but the sad fact of the matter is that violent people will do violent things in violent ways with or without guns. A tire iron is no less deadly then a gun in the hands of a determined psycho.
Make no mistake, I am in favor of gun control, but not in disarmament. More background checks are more than sufficient. As the comedian Christopher Titus once said “If you have more bullets in the chamber then voices in your head, NO GUN FOR YOU!”
Thankfully because of the second amendment and all the responsible people who do own guns, disarmament will never happen. Police will not try to confiscate your guns because..well..you have a gun! This has been proven in Colorado where there is a lot of gun restriction. Sheriffs will not enforce the law because they don’t want police officers to be harmed. Look for better ways to control the flow of guns instead of trying to shut the water off and mop it up with a tea spoon.