Arms, citizens and governments

Arms, citizens and governments

We are finding that many of the same people who support defunding police protection are also for disarming law-abiding citizens — leaving us defenseless. There is a movement afoot to circumvent the Second Amendment: “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 Second Amendment is totally unrelated to the right to engage in sporting activities. It was established in a very real historical setting. The American Revolutionary War began April 19, 1775, with the battle(s) of Lexington-Concord. There were numerous issues boiling between the Colonies and Great Britain. In mid-April of 1775, west of Boston, some colonists were stockpiling arms and ammunition, potentially to be used to protect the colony from tyranny of “Indians,” French-Canadians, their British governor or of the Kings army. British troops were mustered to abolish an arms cache in Concord. On the morning of the 19th the “Shot That Was Heard Around the World” was discharged as the Minute Men sought to end the British attempt to obstruct their right to maintain a supply of weaponry. The Second Amendment was an attempt by the Founders to insure that their new government would not repeat the restrictive efforts. To be able to raise a Militia (units of citizen soldiers), the citizens must be free to possess armaments without registration that might reveal to any adversary the location, number, or type(s) of protective equipment held by one […]

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