Many claim they “simply want sensible gun control”. That is the problem. Guns don’t need to be controlled. Indeed, firearms are specifically protected from “control”. This sentence invariably results in this liberal screed, “sure and you think people should have howitzers and rocket launchers”, delivered in a tone of disdain and incredulity. As if all are sheep such as they.
The second amendment 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.” The definition of “infringe” is helpful here.
The right to bear arms predates the first 10 amendments of the Constitution; the Second Amendment was based partially on the right to bear arms in English common-law, and was influenced by the English Bill of Rights of 1689. It was never intended to protect “hunting” or any other specific use of firearms. It is and was intended to assure that Americans can arm themselves as they see if and as necessary. The Supreme Court has affirmed this but that is scant comfort. SCOTUS has also “infringed” the second amendment numerous times.
“Well imagine the chaos if….”, wails a typical sheep or collectivist. They imagine a world where APCs and Katyushas are in every driveway. Obviously they know nothing of the costs of modern weapons and the general, but not universal, disinclination of most people to have such. We know we can’t afford any such munitions nor see a need for it. That doesn’t mean there is not a fundamental, unalienable, RIGHT to keep and bear any arms.
The minutemen in Concord WERE protecting cannon and “military style” weapons, not Granny Adams’ single shot hide-away. Those Concord Patriots were the “militia”, composed of Blacksmiths, Farmers (predominantly), Doctors, Shop-keepers etc. They were protecting their community, commonwealth and country from a tyrannical government. One that intended to confiscate their arms.
Vice-President Biden can cry, Senator Reid can mock concerns over tyranny and the President can call factual reality “lies”. It doesn’t change the fundamental truth of what the second amendment is intended to protect. The right to keep and bear arms. Not some arms. Not arms the government decides or your neighbors and media fear irrationally. Don’t let the straw-men of the left or your own good heart allow anyone to abridge any of your inherent and unalienable rights. You know, the ones the Constitution and Bill of Rights were written to ensure protection of.