Lately there's a lot of discussion about the Second Amendment and the role of guns in society.
Some say hunters do not need semi-automatic guns with high capacity magazines. That sort of talk misses the point entirely.
Truly it can be said that "the right to bear arms is the last line of defense against tyranny. It's not for the right to hunt."
The Second Amendment is fairly 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."
To be clear, the militia is not regular military. The militia was comprised of farmers, blacksmiths, and every day men who went about their daily lives. They brought their own guns with them to do battle, when the need arose.
The amendment says this is for the "security of a free state." The 1828 dictionary and other historical documents of the day tell us that a state is an independent nation.
The Second Amendment was in place to remind the newly formed government that each state's citizenry would be armed and ready to defend themselves should the need arise.
Discussion about the Second Amendment should be centered around the government's ability for tyranny, not about hunting.
You may believe that protecting yourself from government is ludicrous. But not only do citizens have the power to elect their leaders but also the power to protect themselves, violently if necessary, from tyranny.
And the founding fathers knew plenty about government tyranny. That's what sets America a part.
The Second Amendment is about the right to defend ourselves. And messing with that right threatens the very fiber of this country.
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