2nd AMENDMENT: A Lesson On The Second Amendment

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A Lesson On The Second Amendment

 By Ronald Solomon   

 

For all of our friends on the Left, who don’t understand our founding documents, the Second Amendment to the Constitution was drafted so We the People would always have the ability to remain free by having the power to abolish or overthrow despotic government, a major tenet of the Declaration of Independence.  Without the Second Amendment to the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence would be meaningless as the people would not have the wherewithal to fight and overcome tyranny.

Declaration of Independence:

A major principle of the Declaration of Independence is the people’s right to alter, abolish or overthrow tyrannical government.

“When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.
That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. 
Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. 
But when a long train of abuses and usurpation’s, 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 government, and to provide new guards for their future security.”

The Second Amendment

The Second Amendment to the Constitution guaranteed the right to keep and bear arms so the people could fight tyranny and preserve freedom.  

 

Article II

“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 Founding Fathers Considered The Right To Keep And Bear Arms As Sacrosanct 

Arms were weapons of war and were used to protect the people’s liberty from tyranny.

 

In 1775, The First Thoughts Of The British Were To Seize The American Colonists’ Arms; Paul Revere Rode To Rouse The Minutemen To Protect Them

On April 14, 1775, the British military governor of Massachusetts, General Thomas Gage, was ordered by British Secretary of State, the Earl of Dartmouth William Legge, to disarm the rebels. Gage ordered his troops to seize the military stores of the rebels at Concord.

On the night of April 18, when the British troops started to advance, Paul Revere and William Dawes set out on horseback from Boston crying “the British are coming, the British are coming” rousing the Minutemen to protect the American arsenal at Concord and to warn the patriot leaders Samuel Adams and John Hancock at Lexington. Patriotic Americans gathered their arms, which in many cases were superior to those of the the greatest military power in the world, Great Britain, and rallied to meet the foe.

Founding Fathers’ Thoughts On The Right To Keep And Bear Arms

To the Founding Fathers the right of the people to keep and bear arms was essential to defend liberty from tyranny.

Thomas Jefferson

“What country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance. Let them take arms.”
“The Constitution of most of our states assert that all power is inherent in the people; that they may exercise it by themselves; that it is their right and duty to be at all times armed.”

Benjamin Franklin

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

George Washington

“A free people ought not only to be armed, but disciplined…”

George Mason

“To disarm the people…is the most effectual way to enslave them.”

James Madison

“Besides the advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation, the existence of subordinate governments, to which the people are attached, and by which the militia officers are appointed, forms a barrier against the enterprises of ambition, more insurmountable than any which a simple government of any form can admit of.”
“The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. A well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained to arms, is the best and most natural defense of a free country.”

Richard Henry Lee

“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.”

Patrick Henry

“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…. The great object is that every man be armed. Everyone who is able might have a gun.”

Samuel Adams

“The Constitution shall never be construed to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms.”

Alexander Hamilton

“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.”

The purpose of Second Amendment should be obvious to anyone; it gives the people the ability to preserve their liberty by overcoming tyranny.

To the Founding Fathers the thought of a government taking away the right of the people to keep and bear arms was unthinkable.

Anyone, who is forthright, has a knowledge of history and modicum of common sense, would agree.