Protecting gun rights is vital to our nation

Protecting gun rights is vital to our nation

Most of us who hunt in Maine are gun owners. Guns are a hunter’s tool, like a hoe for a gardener, or 7-iron for a golfer. The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, in my view, is the only shield that has kept the political left in this country from dispossessing us of our firearms and our hunting heritage. Part of the Bill of Rights, the Second Amendment was intended by James Madison and our Founders to give citizens an avenue of defense against a tyrannical Federal government. In 2008, the U.S Supreme Court, in the District of Columbia vs Heller, held that self defense was “the central component” of the Amendment. This decision not only upheld our right to bear arms for defending ourselves, it further held that the Amendment ensured the right of individuals to take part in defending the liberties by taking up arms in an organized militia. Today, June 2, 2021, the President of the United States mocked these coveted Constitutional guarantees in a speech about his plan to control ever-increasing gun violence in American cities. In his assertion that the country’s citizenry would need F-15s and nuclear weapons to fend off a tyrannical Federal government, the President said inasmuch that we the people, firearms or no firearms, have in truth no real defense against governmental tyranny in the 21 st century. Perhaps he is right. It seems plausible that the Founders, even in their worst 1776 nightmares, never envisioned a Federal government as all-powerful, […]

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