Second Amendment preserves America’s freedom

Second Amendment preserves America’s freedom

Dawn Majors Independence Day is one of my favorite holidays. Aside from barbeques, fireworks and getting together with family and friends, it’s a day we take pride in our nation and reflect on what unites us as Americans. Our nation began as a bold idea by our Founding Fathers who sought to redefine the possibilities of a representative democracy free from tyranny. We would not be the greatest nation on Earth without their commitment to basic human rights such as freedom of speech, press and religion, protection from arbitrary search and seizures and fundamental fairness within our courts. For more than two centuries, the Second Amendment has protected this nation from threats foreign and domestic. The Founding Fathers understood that the right to keep and bear arms was the most practical method of defending one’s self, family and property against those who want to cause harm. They included it as a result of personal experiences with oppression and wanted to ensure future generations were well prepared to defend against such threats. The Second Amendment exists today because of the British Army’s attempt to seize the colonists’ firearms and ammunition in Concord, Mass. on April 18, 1775. Paul Revere famously set out to warn colonial militiamen who mobilized to intercept the Redcoats. The “shot heard around the world” and the battle that followed on April 19, 1775 signaled the beginning of the American Revolution. The Founding Fathers understood there is no such thing as a free nation where the police […]

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