Gun Control Violates The Second Amendment of the Constitution

Civilian ownership of firearms has for more than two hundred years been the very cornerstone upon which the liberty of the public has been supported. The very reason that Americans have never suffered a tyranny on the scale of Nazi-Germany has been due to the proliferation of firearms in the hands of the general public. The Second Amendment to the Bill of rights of 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.” In order to understand that right, the modern reader must understand the semantics of the eighteenth century. The term “Well Regulated” meant well trained according to James Madison, the principle author of the Constitution. The term militia, according to the Militia Act of 1792, referred to all able-bodied male citizens. The meaning then of the Second Amendment is made quite clear. It is meant to serve as a chain upon the government to prevent the infringement of government power upon the Civil Liberties of Americans. Further proof of this can be seen in a quote from George Madison. “I ask, Sir, What is the Militia? It is the whole people, except for a few public officials.” (George Madison, Three Elliot, Debates at 425-426). Richard Henry Lee, in his Additional Letters from the Federal Farmer of 1788 stated, “A militia, when properly formed, are in fact the people themselves.and include all men capable of bearing arms.” Title Ten section 331 of the U.S. code states “The Militia of the United States consists of all able bodied men at least seventeen years of age.” The founding fathers of the United States believed that government is a necessary evil. They wrote the Bill of Rights, as stated earlier, to serve as a chain, which would limit government power over its citizens. Civilian ownership of firearms would, in the founding fathers’ view, be the ” American Peoples’ liberty teeth.” (George Washington). This is…

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