I’m glad I’m not the only one with such an opinion: The Second Amendment isn’t about hunting, or even protecting ourselves against street thugs, though firearm ownership does afford us those abilities. It’s much larger, and much more important than that.
Any government capable of disarming its citizens is not only capable of, but is also very likely preparing for the day when those in power plan to rule by despotism and inflict all sorts of evil on their subjects. History bears the proof in this from the smallest of insurrections in third-world countries to the larger and more historically notable regimes ruled by dictators who’s names are widely published in history books.
There are countless examples of such thoughts not only running through the mind of President Barack Hussein Obama. Given his public statements and rhetoric that we currently have at hand, it’s not a stretch to believe that reports are true of his wishes to amass his own police force and establish martial law sometime within his first term. Stories in the Washington Times and even in the European Union’s online newspaper The European Union Times bear witness to such reports.
I came across a YouTube video taken from what appears to be a US Senate committee or subcommittee meeting (Sen. Chuck Schumer is visible in this hearing) from the mid 1990’s. The gist of the video is of Dr. Suzanna Gratia Hupp sharing a personal story with some Senators about a gunman who killed her parents and a host of others in a massacre in Killeen, Texas in October 1991. One would guess that the discussion before this committee of the self-important was over the assault weapon’s ban.
The most poignant comment made in this video clip, as Sen. Schumer sat with his head in his hand, staring smugly at Dr. Hupp, was when she told the senators that “the Second Amendment is not about duck hunting… but it’s about our rights, all of our rights to be able to protect ourselves from all of you guys up there.”
Wow! Someone with the guts to say that to a bunch of self-righteous senators should be held up to high esteem and lauded for openly speaking such truth. I’d vote for her for President of the United States based on that belief and statement alone!
Consider the man who was President about the time Dr. Hupp made this statement to the senate committee. In 1994 President Bill Clinton said this on MTV:
“When we got organized as a country and we wrote a fairly radical Constitution with a radical Bill of Rights, giving a radical amount of individual freedom to Americans, it was assumed that the Americans who had that freedom would use it responsibly. …However, now there’s a lot of irresponsibility. And so a lot of people say there’s too much freedom. When personal freedom’s being abused, you have to move to limit it.” (http://www.featherlessbiped.com/)
The Second Amendment is truly the linchpin to our inalienable right to self-government and our ability to, in the extreme, force a tyrannical government aside and start afresh. The Declaration of Independence bears this thought out in the second paragraph. To place some context to the phrase, I’ll include the sentences leading up to this point:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundations on such principles and organizing its powers in such form as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.”
Did you catch that? “…that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government…” (emphasis added).
The Second Amendment is our trump card, so to speak, against government’s desire and ability to grow larger and assume powers not afforded them under the Constitution. Contrary to the opinion of President Barack Hussein Obama the Constitution constrains government; it does not constrain the governed.
Above all others, the Second Amendment holds in itself the ability to enforce the rest of the Constitution — but only if those willing participants stand up and assume the awesome responsibility that comes with liberty and freedom to challenge those who would oppose those rights through tyranny and oppression.