Most of us have argued about gun control with someone at one point or another in our lives, and we’ve all heard that the second amendment was meant for muskets, not the guns we have today, or that the second amendment was just intended for hunting. Even Obama has echoed the latter argument, stating that “we recognize the traditions of gun ownership that passed on from generation to generation—that hunting and shooting are part of a cherished national heritage.”
The first argument is logically absurd, as by the same logic the first amendment doesn’t apply to the internet in granting freedom of speech, which didn’t exist during the time of the Founders. As for the latter argument, we don’t need to cite any historian, Supreme Court justice, or any pundit to rebut it. We just need to look at what the founders had to say themselves.
“The Constitution shall never be construed… to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms.” – Samuel Adams
“…arms like laws discourage and keep the invader and the plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property. The same balance would be preserved were all the world destitute of arms, for all would be alike; but since some will not, others dare not lay them aside… Horrid mischief would ensue were one half the world deprived of the use of them….” – Thomas Paine
“To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them…”- Richard Henry Lee
“The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretense, raised in the United States.” – Noah Webster
“A free people ought not only to be armed, but disciplined; to which end a uniform and well-digested plan is requisite; and their safety and interest require that they should promote such manufactories as tend to render them independent of others for essential, particularly military, supplies.” – George Washington
Some might say that the Second Amendment is all up to interpretation. But for the quotes above, no interpretation is necessary.
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