The United States Constitution 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 U.S. Constitution, I believe we can all agree, is a document designed to protect the people, us. But the question becomes, protection from what? Is it protection from each other? Other countries? Is it simply a right? What did the authors of the US Constitution mean by “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?”
Maybe I’m old fashioned but I like to take responsibility of my own life and my own actions. I am responsible for myself. With that thought, I also need to be able to protect myself.
What is the U.S. Constitution protecting us, the people, from today? Or then? If you look at history, why did we start our own country? What was happening? History tells us that the British government raised taxes in the colonies with the Stamp Act of 1765 and the Townshend Acts of 1767 and the Tea Act of 1773. In general, the colonies were being taxed too much, in their opinion. How would you feel, today if you were being taxed on everything? No representation for your needs and wants? I interpret this information to mean that the British government wanted too much control over the colonies and the people without representation. When our forefathers wrote the Constitution, they just finished a war, several years, where they were fighting for their freedoms. Freedoms, that is to make choices about their life, country and the future.
There are many interpretations and viewpoints on the Second Amendment. It is, however, the right of all citizens; the rights of all citizens of the United States of America.
Today, as I finish this last blog of reasons and rights to have and own a firearm, I believe we should have this right. As I finished this on Veteran’s Day, a day that we remember our military, for those that went to war or in times of peace where men and women defend our way of life in America.
This ends my blogs on the top ten reasons for owning a handgun or gun. Owning a firearm isn’t about the firearm itself, it’s about what it represents to the person. I have fun with my firearms in many ways that range from competition to simply collecting what my grandfather owned years ago. What reasons do you have for owning your own firearm? Thanks for reading my blogs.