My Thoughts on the Second Amendment and Gun Regulation
Samuel Adams Philadelphia Federal Gazette June 18, 1789
"And that the said Constitution be never construed to authorize Congress to infringe the just liberty of the Press, or the rights of Conscience; or to prevent the people of the United States, who are peaceable citizens, from keeping their own arms"
Keep and Bear Arms
The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution reads as follows, "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."
This amendment is one of the most misinterpreted liberties of the United States Constitution. It's purpose and forward meaning is constantly being debated by politicians who desire only to profit from supporting or opposing this founding principle. For this reason, the phrases and words of this declaration must be properly analyzed and defined outside political viewpoints.
A Well Regulated Militia, Being Necessary to the Security of a Free State
The term Militia is often used to describe modern military forces but this a faulty definition. The term refers civilians or American Citizens being called into action by Congress (U. S. Constitution, Article 1, Section 8, Clause 15) to defend the territory, state or nation they reside in. During the Revolutionary War, colonists were called forth to defend their homesteads, farms, land and nation against British forces; in fact these men were the main reason America won its independence.
The term “Regulate” or “Regulated” means to make sure something is properly working or functioning as it was designed to function. When applied to the second amendment, it means to appropriately maintain the right of Congress to call on the people to form militia groups to suppress insurrection and repel invasions from a foreign nation.
The phrase “Being Necessary to the Security of a Free State” is self-explanatory. The reason as the rule says is for a well regulated militia to be formed to defend the territory of the United States of America.
The Right of the People to Keep and Bear Arms, shall not be Infringed
The word Keep means to have or possess something and the word Bear refers to “taking something up.” When applied correctly, these two terms refer to owning firearms and using them during national military emergency as a member of a state militia.
Based on the above analysis and definitions, my opinion on the second amendment and gun regulation is as follows.
The post colonial period was a dangerous time; America won its independence from England but the possibility of war was always around the corner and natural dangers existed everywhere thus carrying firearms and other weapons was a daily necessity but as the American military and civilian protection progressed, the need to carry guns to and from every personal, secular and political decreased.
This concludes the definition portion but from these definitions rise two important questions
Is the Second Amendment Obsolete?
No, because we are once again living in dangerous times; politicians are becoming more corrupt and authoritarian; nations are rising against nations and some day, maybe not now but at some point, Americans may be called to defend the shores of this great nation.
What about Firearm Regulation?
Does the Government have the Constitutional Right to Abolish Gun Ownership? No but the government does have the right and the responsibility to keep the Second Amendment functioning properly for law abiding-peaceful Americans. For Example: If certain guns and accessories (Assault Weapons, Armor Piercing Bullets and Bump Stocks) are being purchased by physically or mentally unfit citizens or none-citizens, then the Second Amendment is not properly functioning…Under this condition, State Legislatures, Governors and Congress must on a moral and constitutional level step in to regulate the abuse and misuse of this most necessary right.
My Closing Thoughts
You might be a gun owner or about to purchase a gun for the first time. If so, remember this....Personal responsibility applies to everyone and to every Amendment; especially the Second Amendment. As an American citizen, you have the Constitutional Right to own a gun but never use it as a measuring stick of your patriotism.......Use it Properly by Keeping and Bearing it During Necessary Times.