The rhetoric has started again. Well, really it never stopped. Gun bans, limited magazines, license restrictions, buyback programs, and background checks. It happens every few years. It starts small, swells to a crest, and fades away again. Except, each time the wave gets a little bigger.
Our gun rights are getting worn away like the rocks on the shore. It’s not enough to notice in the short term, but over time, the damage could be catastrophic.
This country was founded on the backdrop of a tyrannical government’s desire to crush the spirit of the American people. The lessons learned as British colonies were reflected in the laws of our new nation. Among them, and in order of importance, were the right to free speech and the right to bear arms. Amendments 1 and 2.
As we watch our first amendment rights slowly being diminished, it only makes the American people more aware of the attempts being made to reduce our second amendment rights. Knowing that our forefathers and the architects of this nation took special care to ensure every aspect of the government was regulated with a system of checks and balances, we must take a moment to ponder why they would include the right to bear arms so high on the list.
“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.” let’s break that down.
A well regulated Militia…
Well, what is a “Militia”?
A Militia is defined as a military force that is raised from the civil population. So, that would be you and I, and every other person who owes allegiance to the United States of America.
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.….
Being necessary for the security of a free state.
What does that mean? Well, the folks who built this nation were no fools. They had just dealt with a government they had no representation in, and were subjugated by the strength of the sheer military force. Left with no other choice but revolution, they did what they felt they were forced to do. They wanted to be sure that if the day came where the government was no longer representative of the American people, we were not beholden to it by superior military force. Instead, the people should be as well-armed as the military.
This nation’s founders crafted a nation in which the citizens should be as well-armed as the military, specifically to ensure that it could not be forced to capitulate when our rights were being violated. They further enforced this by saying our right to do so “shall not be infringed”. Infringed. Hmm. Let’s go back to the dictionary.
in·fringe-/inˈfrinj/- act so as to limit or undermine (something); encroach on.
Act as a limit to or undermine? Wait, so, that would make all gun laws and restrictions unconstitutional.
The second amendment was created to ensure we didn’t find ourselves right where we are at this very point in history. Unarmed or insufficiently armed if the need arises to overthrow the government they created. Why would we need to overthrow the government they created? Well, if they began infringing on our rights. The second amendment is what provides the enforcement aspect of every other right. It’s the amendment meant to keep the government honest.
Calls for more and more gun regulations are essentially calls to weaken the ability of the American people to self govern. Most Americans barely notice the restrictions already in place. The media has effectively run a campaign to label anyone who dares to speak up as gun nuts or militia groups.
The term “Militia group” even carries a certain negative connotation in America today, a connotation it more recently acquired. One you may have never noticed until now.
Militias are the crazy, bearded, militarized rednecks in the woods with all those guns and…hmm. Wait a second. Military-grade weapons.Weapons that the second amendment gives them the right to own. Weapons that, in the hands of the people, would ensure the government cannot infringe upon their rights.
It’s the people in those militias that the government should be worried about. Not because they pose a danger to America, but because they pose a danger to a government that is increasingly seen as corrupt by the average American. Further regulations on the second amendment will only strengthen their resolve. While free speech is quelled by media companies, the news is either censored or shameless propaganda, and lawmakers continue to pass laws meant to restrict our freedoms, you have to ask yourself, “How long will America sit back and take it?”
I do not advocate violence, but, January 6, 2021, may have been the first shots fired in a much bigger battle.