Opinion: In Defense of the Second Amendment

Every time there are high-profile shootings, there are calls to limit and regulate gun ownership.

The ultimate goal, however, is not regulation but to eliminate private gun ownership. Rather than restricting those that can carry firearms, we should be determined to protect lives with more rather than fewer guns.

Fortunately, the Constitution explicitly states that we have the right to bear arms. However, the reason for this has been obscured by those in power that wish to eliminate this right.

Recently, President Biden delivered a speech about the Second Amendment stating, “from the day it was passed [it] limited the type of people that could own a gun and what type of weapon you could own.”

This can’t be further from the truth. You don’t have to be a Constitutional scholar to understand that this is a lie.

The left’s addiction to misstating facts to fit their narrative is meant to mislead the uninformed. Biden’s latest speech isn’t the first time that he has tried to mischaracterize the Second Amendment. He has made a career out of it.

The text of the amendment doesn’t state anything about the types of weapons that can be owned. The amendment is pretty simple:

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. 

As anyone can see, there is nothing about the types of guns expressed in the text. Because most Americans are ignorant of the Constitution, politicians are able to misconstrue the spirit and intent of the document.

One phrase that counter-constitutionalists reference is “well-regulated Militia.”

In fact, militia as defined when the Constitution was written means “the whole body of able-bodied male citizens.” Those of Biden’s interpretation would have us think that militia means military.

The reality is that we are required to act to preserve the state when called upon. This may indeed be defending ourselves from a standing army. That is why the draft is constitutionally legal for times of war. And it may mean that we may have to defend ourselves from our own standing army.

The whole purpose of the Constitution and its amendments is to prevent tyranny, establish our system of government, and affirm the rights of its citizens. Not understanding this simple fact has led to many laws that Congress has invoked to be unconstitutional.

Natural rights

Look at the 18th Amendment, prohibiting alcohol. It didn’t belong in the Constitution because it limits the privileges of citizens.

Laws can be written to limit the actions of citizens, as long as they don’t infringe on the natural rights detailed in the Constitution. The Constitution wasn’t established to regulate our freedoms but rather about limiting government to prevent tyranny.

The reason the Second Amendment specifies the rights of all citizens to bear arms is to empower citizens to protect themselves from a tyrannical government and occasionally from the person that wishes to harm others. Without this right, a tyrant is able to oppress citizens at every level.

Throughout history, when a ruler wants to oppress a population, first and foremost, they confiscate weapons. The founding fathers were very aware of and made a point to include it in the Bill of Rights.

Without this right, all other rights are at risk.