When the founders of our country set about creating a form of government that the world had never before seen, one of the compromises they agreed to was the Bill of Rights. The Second Amendment in the Bill of Rights states, “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.”
So why do we have it? There are several reasons our founders wanted an armed citizenry, such as to have a ready militia if we are attacked, self defense, to deter a rebellion, to prevent a dictator from seizing power, and other reasons. Therefore, one of the reasons we are allowed to be armed is to protect us from our own government if necessary. Remember, they had just fought a long and bloody war for that very reason.
John Basil Barnhill said, “Where the people fear the government, you have tyranny. Where the government fears the people, you have liberty.” The fact that we do have weapons is about the only way our government is afraid of us any longer. We do not vote, we allow our elected leaders to drive our country so far in debt we may never get out, and we look the other way when they lie to our faces. Let us not give up that last trump card against an intrusive government.
In a recent interview when asked about gun control, Bruce Willis said it well with his comment, “I think that you can’t start to pick apart anything out of the Bill of Rights without thinking that it’s all going to become undone.” It works because we see it and use it as a whole. Picked apart, the Constitution loses its power.
In countries in which there are dictators one of the first actions that person takes is to collect all the weapons and make it illegal for regular people to own one. Look at Germany, the old Soviet Union, Cuba, and more to see how that worked out for the citizens in those countries. Hitler said in Mein Kampf to relief citizens of their freedoms by saying it is for the children. He believed that if you convinced people it was for their child’s welfare, they would completely give up all freedoms–and they did.
So pay attention people, don’t let your rights be chiseled away a little at a time. It is happening today. Stand firm for the Constitution and for the Second Amendment. It is our only protection against tyranny.