I’d like to take a moment to examine the reasoning behind the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution, what the founding fathers were obviously thinking about when this was introduced. I venture into this topic feeling that such a presentation is necessary because some people today seem to have reached political and social positions on this issue that are in direct opposition to that reasoning.
Nearly anyone who has ever considered the Second Amendment will admit that it was created in order to protect hunters and those protecting their homes and property from attackers. But that decision was actually intended to do far more it was designed to guarantee that any and every person who could afford to do so had the right to possess one of the finest military grade weapons of the time. And the reason for this was to guarantee that the citizenry, equipped with weapons equal to if not better than the average military weapon of the time would remain free.
This may sound odd to the novice, the citizenry being granted the right to be able to bring armed might against the military and/or the government of the time. But if seen as it was intended, a mechanism to guarantee the rights and power of the citizenry to, if and when necessary, defend themselves from arbitrary measures, it makes complete sense. It gave citizens the right, granted by the Constitution, to remove their states from the union or to replace the then current government, by force if necessary. If this isn’t in agreement with what citizens are taught today, the fault lies in our government and our educational institutions rather than in our founding documents.
It was with the secession of various States and the founding of the Confederacy, followed by the American Civil War that our history rights were seriously abrogated. It was only during that conflict that one side began passing laws making it illegal for states to secede from the union, for individuals to advocate secession, or to even teach that such secession and armed uprising was contrary to the Constitution.
This is not intended to advocate any of these now illegal actions nor is it an attempt to justify the use of firearms in the commission of common crimes. It is intended to suggest that people remember that our country was founded by revolutionaries, engaged in guerilla warfare and terrorism, and that our founders wanted to guarantee that we, their children, no matter how many generations removed, remembered this.