The second amendment of the United States’ Constitution clearly allows citizens to keep and bear arms. The U.S. Supreme Court affirmed this right in Columbia v. Heller (2008).
The roots of our right to bear arms run deep, even prior to the founding of our nation. The English Bill of Rights Act of 1689 gave some citizens the right to “have arms for their defence.” The Founding Fathers consider this right so fundamental that they embodied it in U.S. Constitution as the second amendment.
Individual gun ownership has been essential to the functioning of militias that have fought wars over the years. The right to keep and bear arms is one of very few protections citizens have against the possibility of tyranny in our government.
In the wake of tragic events, lawmakers and political pundits often say gun control – especially the outlawing of so-called “assault weapons” – is needed. Their rhetoric plays on fear and ignores that reality that people who are armed are less likely to be victims.
Today guns are used for sport hunting and personal protection. They have a crucial role to play in allowing citizens to defend themselves in the face of a tyrannical government. To deny citizens their Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms will endanger individuals, small businesses, and communities.