Gun Control

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Gun Control


Presently in our nation, a controversy is shelling around the issue of gun control.
Civilian ownership of firearms has for more than two hundred years been the very
cornerstone upon which the liberty of the public has been supported. The very reason that
Americans have never suffered a tyranny on the scale of Nazi-Germany has been due to the
proliferation of firearms in the hands of the general public.


The Second Amendment to the Bill of rights of the United States Constitution states "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." In order to understand that right,
the modern reader must understand the semantics of the eighteenth century. The term "Well
Regulated" meant well trained according to James Madison, the principle author of the
Constitution. The term militia, according to the Militia Act of 1792, referred to all
able-bodied male citizens. The meaning then of the Second Amendment is made quite clear.
It is meant to serve as a chain upon the government to prevent the infringement of
government power upon the Civil Liberties of Americans. Further proof of this can be seen
in a quote from George Madison. "I ask, Sir, What is the Militia? It is the whole people,
except for a few public officials." (George Madison, Three Elliot, Debates at 425-426).
Richard Henry Lee, in his Additional Letters from the Federal Farmer of 1788 stated, "A
militia, when properly formed, are in fact the people themselves.and include all men
capable of bearing arms." Title Ten section 331 of the U.S. code states "The Militia of
the United States consists of all able bodied men at least seventeen years of age."


The founding fathers of the United States believed that government is a necessary evil.
They wrote the Bill of Rights, as stated earlier, to serve as a chain, which would limit
government power over its citizens. Civilian ownership of firearms would, in the founding
fathers' view, be the " American Peoples' liberty teeth." (George Washington). This is to
say that, despite attempts by some hypothetical future government to impose a tyranny, the
American people would be able to resist it without armed force. The same founding fathers
had only thrown off the yoke of tyranny during the revolution. They knew full well the
value of an armed citizenry in fighting off tyranny. The minutemen assembled at Lexington
and Concord to prevent the Royal Fusiliers from seizing the munitions of the militia as
General Gage had ordered (Order of General Gage, April 18,1775). Further proof of the
original intent of the founding fathers can be seen in a quote from Thomas Jefferson.
"Experience hath shewn, that even under the best form [of government] those entrusted with
power have, in time and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny." (Thomas Jefferson,
Bill for the More General Diffusion of Knowledge-1788). George Washington stated, "
government is not reason; it is not eloquence, it is force! Like fire, it is a dangerous
servant and a feraful master." In this quote, Washington summarized the mistrust that the
founding fathers had in government. He realized that government could, like a fire, get
out of control. Patrick Henry stated," Guard with jealous attention the public liberty.
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