”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 right of “We the People” to bear arms under the second amendment of the United States Constitution’s “Bill of Rights” makes no mention of a need of protection, nor need for procuring food. It does, however, state a necessity to secure a state, free of potential tyranny and oppressive governance.
Any faction of citizens, either liberal or conservative, must practice restraint as protection against undue reactive decisions. If a political desire is liberty and responsibility, then a prudent regard to their own well-being is that which is likewise good for the entire community.
An armed citizenry maintains an ability to express its consent, or not, to be governed. It is this independent character which lends a vital fiber to the cloth of all Americans. It is the difference between Europe and the United States of America.
As unintended as it may seem, we may harm the public good by the pursuit of our own interest – but we may harm our own interests at the same time. What good is a country or government that no longer respects the idea so inherent in its founding and history?
Eddie R. Dunlap