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#48 - Should Citizens Be Allowed To Have An AR-15?

I have been asked this simple question several times over the past couple months since the tragedies in Las Vegas and Florida, and I have a simple answer . . . Absolutely.

 

The Second Amendment has nothing to do with hunting, or sport, it is about protection plain and simple. Protection to ensure that a government never again places the American citizens under tyrannical rule as was the case in the 1700's under King George.

 

Let's take a look at the Second Amendment and see just what it says:

 

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.

 

First off, the Constitution does not give rights to the government, it limits the power of the government. It gives rights only to the people.

 

Remember we had just come through a very long and hard-fought war for our independence and our very existence against a government that demanded complete rule over all aspects of our lives. The framers of the Constitution did not want to ever see that happen to the citizens again, so they limited the power of the government, and gave the power to enforce that limitation to the people in the Second Amendment.

 

Ok, the Second Amendment has two very distinct parts to it. Let's take a look at the first part of it: "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State". Remember that the Army, the Navy, the Marine Corps and the Air Force did not exist yet, the only thing they had at the time was farmers, shop keepers, blacksmiths, and the like to defend the country with, regular citizens who all owned firearms that could and together and use those firearms as a militia to fight for the country. 

 

They knew that there was a chance that England, or some other foreign government may try to come in and steal away their newly found freedom. They understood the continued need of the militia to ensure their freedom and security as a country. The term State here does not mean the subdivisions that we have in the country, like New York and West Virginia, it meant a Country. To insure the security of a free Country.

 

Now let's take a closer look. "A well regulated Militia", doesn't that refer to the Army? No it does not, remember that the Army did not exist at that time. Every able-bodied person was considered to