Historical Roots of the Second Amendment

Historical Roots of the Second Amendment

Ignorant of history, the gun-grabbing Left never lets us down whenever there is some tragedy involving a gun. Google “repeal the Second Amendment” and you get almost 2.5 million hits. If anything, this illustrates the stupidity and ignorance of those espousing those ideas. While still British subjects, colonial Americans recognized the “right to bear arms” as a natural right. These are rights granted by God or nature that cannot be restricted by any government or official. The concept did not begin with the Bill of Rights, but was enforced in the psyche of 18th century colonists and rooted in English history from whence they came. During the Middle Ages and through the 17th century, every Englishman was not only allowed to own a firearm, but they were expected to own one. The individual right to own a gun had been settled in 1689. Further, it was understood that this referred to an individual, not a collective right as some argue. The British Declaration Bill of Rights in 1689 listed among other grievances, the British throne’s violating the individual right to own firearms. From contemporaneous notes from Parliament, the debate centered on the 1662 Militia Act which focused on the confiscation of private arms. Hence, the 1689 Declaration did not create a new individual right. It recognized a previously established natural right and it specifically addressed the individual right to bear arms. Parliament, in fact, specifically considered and rejected any language about a “common defense,” or collective right. The great […]

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