The Second Amendment Doesn’t Give the Right to Bear Arms

The Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States reads as follows:

“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 reading this, it is necessary to understand – the Second Amendment does not actually give you the right keep and bear arms. Instead, it recognises and acknowledges “the right” inherent in “the people” to keep and bear arms is one that is not of government policy, but naturally endowed upon every person. The nature of these rights, as the founding fathers thought of them, are laid plain in the Declaration of Independence:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident… that [all men] are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights…”

These unalienable rights are not granted to people by government, but as the Second Amendment clearly lays out, are instead the inherent right of the people, and government is to be restricted from impeding upon them. Since government derives its power from the governed, it cannot – and shall not – infringe these rights. This is, again, laid plain in the Declaration of Independence:

“…to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”

The role of government, as the founding fathers intended, is obvious. It makes it obvious that governments are instituted to secure and protect these rights of the people, and under the consent of those people, exercises its powers to do so.

In 1876, the Supreme Court ruled in a case that the “…right to bear arms is not granted by the Constitution; neither is it in any manner dependent upon that instrument for its existence”.

Therefore it is made plain and clear, that the Second Amendment has never conferred anybody the right to bear arms. No, it is indeed your, and every person’s inherent right – and it is one that the government must not infringe.

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