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 arguably 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.
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 ability and desire to grow out of control and assume powers not afforded them under the Constitution. 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.