Newsletter | January 13, 2022
The importance of knowing and understanding our constitutionally protected individual rights and liberties, which are primarily governed by the Bill of Rights, cannot be understated. At America’s Future, we aim to re-enforce these fundamental American principles through education and information sharing, and so we continue with our refresher course focusing on each of the 10 amendments in the Bill of Rights. We started with the First Amendment, guaranteeing our rights to freedom of religion, speech, assembly and association, as well as freedom of the press and our right to petition the government for redress.
This week, we turn to the Second Amendment, guaranteeing our right to self-defense — not only against outlaws (the right to bear arms and to use those arms for lawful purposes including self-defense) but also those who would seek to use the power of the state against us. The following statement is the Second Amendment:
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.
The Bill of Rights was ratified in 1791. Since then, there has been plenty of debate over the Second Amendment. Most of it has centered around the word “militia.” Second Amendment opponents argue that because the United States has a standing military and we no longer depend on civilians volunteering to associate with their neighbors for the general security of our nation, the Second Amendment is obsolete.
Don’t be misled. Our Founding Fathers saw far into the future. What would matter then, as always, was not the definition of “militia,” but rather the threat of tyranny. They knew the history of the ancients and had lived history as well.
The framers of the Constitution had waged war and gave their flesh and blood for nearly a decade to free themselves from the tyranny of the British crown. And since it was through force of arms that they won their liberty, guns were necessary to defend it as well — or else forfeit freedom.
Consider for instance the words of Patrick Henry, patriot and the first governor of Virginia: “Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined.”
The framers of the Constitution understood the Second Amendment as a bulwark against tyranny. The Supreme Court of the United States further explained the Second Amendment guarantees and protects an individual right to self-defense, along with lawful defenses of family and property in the landmark case, District of Columbia v Heller 554 U.S. 570 (2008). America’s Future understands the Second Amendment to be essential to protecting life, liberty and our pursuit of happiness. Stand with us.
Many newsletter readers participated in our Reader’s Survey on the First Amendment. Thank you for your time and feedback. As we continue with our Bill of Rights educational series with this edition’s brief overview of the Second Amendment, please click on the Reader’s Survey button below and let us know your thoughts and insight.
This is an election year. Americans will elect individuals to fill all of the 435 seats in the House of Representatives and 34 of the 100 Senatorial seats. Election day is November 8, 2022. America’s Future encourages you to register to vote if you have not done so already, and even if you have, check your voter registration information to ensure it is up-to-date and accurate.
In this video with America’s Future Chair, Lt. General Michael T. Flynn USA (Ret), he describes why voting and election integrity is fundamental to our form of government – a government of the people, by the people, for the people. Watch The Criticality of Election Integrity and learn why America’s election system must be free, fair and transparent.
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