It was only a few days ago that the supreme court began hearing arguments from attourneys representing the District of Columbia as well as Dick Heller, a security guard who simply wanted to take his gun home with him for protection while not on duty. Heller, who is 65, would ordinarily not be allowed to have a handgun in his house under the existing DC rules, challenged the long standing DC gun ban and surprisingly won his appeal in a district court last year. Now, I hate to take away from the heaping good time we are having on Barack Obama’s attempt to stop the bleeding from stockpiles of video, showing his pastor blasting rich people, white people, rich white people, black people that arent democrats, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, black people who would vote for Hillary Clinton, and America in general (did I mention rich white people?). However, this issue is important and really hasnt been discussed in much detail. Why is this case so important you might ask? Well, in a nutshell the courts from all appearances seem to be on the verge of deciding not only the constitutionality of the DC gun ban, but in a much larger scope; the right of private citizens to own firearms.

Still missing the big deal? Well how about we start at the beginning. Im a firm believer that the men that founded our country were pretty sharp guys. When they penned the constitution and the bill of rights specifically, they believed that our most basic freedom comes not from government, but from our creator. The freedom to pray to whom we want, to assemble peacefully when and where we want, and to say what we want is not granted to us by our politicians. They come to us from a much greater power and are not negotiable…ever. The other rights such as fair trials and unreasonable searchs, ect. are again ours without dispute from our government. These rights have been tried and tested over many years, but have stood throughout the world as a symbol of freedom and hope, that our country has never and will never belong to a tyrant to control. Rather that we the people of this nation will govern ourselves and our affairs. The second amendment however is particularly important to the other rights specifically mentioned in the bill of rights, because this right is the only recourse we the people have to defend ourselves and our rights. Thats right folks, the second amendment was never intended for hunting (its just one of the perks). Dont believe me?

The wording of the Amendment itself should be very clear “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“. For the benefit of anyone not convinced of the intent behind this amendment, lets go back and look at the words of the founders themselves on this very topic.

Thomas Jefferson first talked about this matter when helping to create the constitution of the state of Virginia saying “No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms. The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.” He reafirmed this belief in a letter to Justice John Cartwright around 1824. “The constitutions of most of our States assert, that all power is inherent in the people; that they may exercise it by themselves, in all cases to which they think themselves competent, (as in electing their functionaries executive and legislative, and deciding by a jury of themselves, in all judiciary cases in which any fact is involved,) or they may act by representatives, freely and equally chosen; that it is their right and duty to be at all times armed…”.
Samuel Adams confirmed citizen firearm ownership when he spoke to the Philadelphia Independent Gazetteer in 1789 saying “”And that the said Constitution be never construed to authorize Congress to infringe the just liberty of the Press, or the rights of Conscience; or to prevent the people of the United States, who are peaceable citizens, from keeping their own arms;…”.

Alexander Hamilton concurs as well stating in one of his contributions to the Federalist Papers that “The best we can help for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed.” This amendment was also confirmed by President Geoerge Washington in his first annual address to congress in 1790. He stated “A free people ought not only to be armed, but disciplined; to which end a uniform and well-digested plan is requisite; and their safety and interest require that they should promote such manufactories as tend to render them independent of others for essential, particularly military, supplies.”

I could go on citing more examples of the founders telling us that this amendment, is the bedrock on which the others sit. I could list examples throughout history such as in Germany, Russia, and China and expound upon the attrocities that ensued after these nations instituted gun bans on their respective citizens since they could no longer defend themselves from an unjust government. I could provide the evidence of the failings of the DC gun ban (or of many gun free zones across the country) but in the interest of breavity I will not. I will simply conclude by saying that regardless of how you FEEL about guns, my right to protect myself, my family, my friends, or my property can never be taken from me by my government. My government never gave me the right of self defense, my creator did.