The Second Amendment was put into the Bill of Rights for a reason. That reason is not necessarily for self-defense or for you to go hunting. While those are certainly aspects of it, they’re actually only bonuses. Side dishes, if you will, to the main course.
I like to consider self-defense the potatoes, and hunting the mixed vegetables.
So what’s the boneless ribeye then, or the main course?
What is the real reason for the Second Amendment?
The Second Amendment exists solely to keep our government in check. That’s it. That’s the main purpose. Our founding fathers went through the bloody, violent birth of our nation after the government took their gun powder away from them.
The Second Amendment is our founder’s way of ensuring that could never happen again.
Of course there were other atrocities that took place as well, but a major factor was the powder alarm when the red coats took their gun powder.
Events like this stuck with the people who wrote our original laws and they realized how corrupt government was. They knew it would eventually get to that point again which is why the 2A was put into writing. It’s sort of like a governmental safeguard.
The government should fear the people. The people should never fear the government.
To help aid the 2A and the other amendments, they also structured the government in such a way that it couldn’t be removed or repealed easily.
The Second Amendment is written the way it is on purpose. Many would call it vague, but I call it straight to the ACTUAL point. The founding fathers knew that the people were (and still are) the militia because they just lived through an event where the militia was necessary for freedom.
That is the reason why they worded it the way they did. Many pro-gun folks shy away from the well regulated militia part, but there is no need for us to do that. We are the well regulated militia. It’s just that, “well regulated” was never meant to be rules and regulations, as I speak about in the below video.
The people are the militia.
This can be seen when you read 10 USC 246:
(a)The militia of the United States consists of all able-bodied males at least 17 years of age and, except as provided in section 313 of title 32, under 45 years of age who are, or who have made a declaration of intention to become, citizens of the United States and of female citizens of the United States who are members of the National Guard.
(b)The classes of the militia are—
(1)the organized militia, which consists of the National Guard and the Naval Militia; and
(2)the unorganized militia, which consists of the members of the militia who are not members of the National Guard or the Naval Militia.
By the way, 10 US Code 246 is actual law, which is one of the reasons why you never hear about it.
Here is a video I put together not long ago explaining the militia further in detail:
For those of you who don’t want to watch my video, well regulated didn’t mean rules when it was written, it meant functional. Working. In order for a militia to be functional it needs to be armed which is why the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.
The ownership of guns in the hands of the militia, which is made up of the people, is necessary for the security of a free state.
And because the people are the militia and make up the main bulk of the unorganized militia as pointed out in 10 USC 246, the people need to be sufficiently armed with military weapons. We don’t have military style weapons, but we should. This is one of the reasons why we keep saying that the NFA must be repealed.
The NFA is unconstitutional by its very existence and puts too many restrictions on the unorganized militia. We should be able to have the same guns the organized militia can.
They wrote the 2A down in the document we call Law because the founders understood that government was evil and would eventually try to take the gun powder from citizens again.
Shocker!!! Here we are with our government trying to disarm us. And why? Probably because they know they’re getting ready to do something atrocious that our founding fathers would have already shot them for.
It is our job to make sure that they don’t take away our rights to own and carry firearms. They fear us, and they need to keep fearing us.
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