Second Amendment rights have been a large target for leftists for the last several years now. The Second Amendment was designed carefully by the founding fathers for multiple reasons. Having just fought a tyrannical government with their weapons James Madison seemingly had this at the forefront of his mind when he penned the famous 27 words. “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.” We see in those words that there are two intended uses for the Amendment. Both of which are crucial to American freedom.
Tyranny has existed as long if not longer than Government itself. Oppressive rule has existed throughout the world in times past and continues to exist in many places today. The founding fathers were understandably cautious when forming a government to not afford too much power to said government. Tyranny and government power go hand in hand. The more authority the government has to regulate the more potential for tyranny exists. There are many things designed as checks and balances to minimize the chances. The Second Amendment provides you with means to protect yourself against a Tyrannical government. It is obvious why an unarmed nation would be a much easier target for oppression. Many people would think you are crazy to believe that government tyranny is possible. In the words of Ben Shapiro, an Orthodox Jew, “The fact that my grandparents and great grandparents didn’t fear [government tyranny] is why they’re ashes in Europe.” Also in the words of Thomas Jefferson, “When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty.”
So… Is the Second Amendment just for state militias, and protection from tyranny? Not at all! Self defense and personal security are just as part of the amendment as anything else. District of Columbia v. Heller (2008) was a landmark supreme court decision ruling that “the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to keep and bear arms, unconnected with service in a militia, for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense…” Our right to personal protection is a God given right that preexists government. You have the right to defend yourself and your family. The Second Amendment guarantees these rights to be protected.
The left has had troubles accepting this for over a decade. There are calls for your Second Amendment rights to be taken or severely reduced. We are all old enough to remember last September when Beto O’Rourke gave his opinion on the 2nd Amendment: ‘Hell yes, we‘re going to take your AR-15!” There have been countless pushes from leftists to take away the weapons that will serve best to protect you from tyranny. There have been countless pushes to reduce the effectiveness of your handguns. Standing for the Second Amendment is standing for freedom.