Originally posted by JiggyPotamus
I adamantly believe that our 2nd amendment right to bear arms has far reaching implications, and if you truly understand the purpose of the amendment,
I think anyone will agree. This rule was established so that the government could not become more powerful than the citizenry, if it were to come down
to a physical fight.
With that in mind, this amendment obviously was instituted to ensure that the people have the same firepower capabilities as the military/government,
as that is the only way that the balance of power lies with both sides.
If you have a military that has weapons that cannot be matched by the public, then the 2nd amendment becomes absolutely pointless. It may as well not
even be there. It seems many people do not realize this important point, and think that the government just wanted us to be able to have, I don't
know, hunting rifles or something...Like for sport. But this is wrong. Our firepower is our insurance policy, but it seems that our policy is about to
be cancelled altogether. But as I said, we the people have really been screwed over regarding this amendment, as we are not even allowed to have
automatic weapons...Much less some of the other more sophisticated weaponry that would be used against us if the government wanted to take over the
country and install a totalitarian state, or something similarly horrendous.
I agree with you 100%. As Jefferson said, "The most egregious reason for the people to bear arms is, as a last resort to defend themselves from
tyranny in government". Throughout the course of human history when a population became incapable of defending themselves from their government it
very quickly turned into a tyrannical and oppressive government. Just as Sheriff Mack stated in his interview, Hitler, Mussolini, Pol Pot, even Mao
and Stalin all enacted gun control and that was soon followed by total confiscation of firearms. It was also soon followed by tyranny, oppression, and
the murder of countless millions by their governments.
Our founding fathers were well aware of the dangers that a defenseless citizenry faced from their government, thatis why they gave us our Bill of
Rights and incorporated the 2nd Amendment into those rights, because the Bill of Rights isn't worth the parchment its written on if the citizens have
no way of enforcing those rights.
"History has shewn that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have slowly, and by perverse means transformed it into
Personally I believe that the assault weapons bans as well as the attacks on semi auto hunting rifles is done because TPTB don't want us as well
armed as the military. I am a former Naval Special Warfare Operator and I know that in proficient hands your average model 700 Remington or Savage
model 10 in 308, 30-06, or 300 win mag is deadly out to 1000+ meters, not to mention they will penetrate even the best body armor. Same goes for your
semi auto rifles, with the exception of full auto capabilities and extended magazines, which many of which can be modified, they are extremely
accurate and deadly. Assault rifles, well TPTB damn sure don't want civilians armed up with M4's, AR's, Sig 516 & 517's, M21's and M14's cause
they are already outnumbered as it is, they damn sure don't want to be outgunned.
It says in our Declaration of Independence and Constitution that we are endowed with certain unalienable rights. Among these rights are life, liberty,
and the pursuit of happiness but these 3 rights aren't the only unalienable rights we have. Every right within the Bill of Rights is an unalienable
right because the rights within the Bill of Rights are necessary in order for us to achieve and secure life, liberty, and happiness. When the
government restricts any of the Bill of Rights they are restricting our right to life, liberty, and happiness.