Opinion: Our Bill of
Rights: 2nd Amendment

By Tom Hand. January 14, 2020

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 corollary to one of the most basic natural rights we have, that of self-defense. However, it has recently been the subject of great controversy. Becoming familiar with the history of this doctrine is critical to understanding it.

Today's 'gun-control' debate in America focuses on two questions. First, does the Second Amendment give citizens the right to keep and bear arms for personal reasons or did it only pertain to the militia? Second, if the right is granted to individuals, can it be restricted or is it unlimited in scope?

To find the answers, we must examine our Forefathers own words on this subject and understand how the Supreme Court has interpreted the Second Amendment.

The right to keep and bear arms has been enshrined in English law since 1689 when it was added to England's Bill of Rights, the precursor to ours. The right was seen by many as a natural right for "self-preservation" and "to restrain the violence of oppression" by the government. ....

Whatever attempts have been or will be made to try and dilute the Second Amendment, or even try to repeal it - it will never go away. Rights are not privileges and are set in stone by our creator and will ever remain thus.


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