A Historical Look at the Right to Bear Arms
Englishmen had that right, as did their brethren in the colonies, to prevent the disarming of a minority by an overpowering majority, a situation made salient by the Catholic-Protestant conflict in England centuries ago, finally resolved when the Engish Bill of Rights enshrined that right in 1689. One needed a gun to protect oneself from danger, even if that danger came from those in power in government. This was part of the justification for the American Revolution, a military action carried out by Englishmen on this side of the Atlantic, who felt the Crown was treating them badly.
These are the same rights which our Second Amendment should be protecting, and not the right to bear arms in the event of a government acting in such a manner that those arms must be used to defend oneself from it, and ultimately, to overthrow it. In the twenty-first century, armaments have so evolved that realistically, such action no longer would be possible. The halls of Congress and the Supreme Court bench are where the limits of governmental power should be challenged, and not the counter of your local gun store.
Talk Radio Personality Laura Ingraham and scene at local gun shop
There are many Americans, unfortunately, who do not understand this, and covet their assault weapons for fancied use to fulfill unspoken political dreams, fueled by some of the constitutional extremists who can be heard on talk radio. These dreams will never be realized, but they do reinforce opposition to gun control laws, and make assault weapons available for the unbalanced individuals who have created so much bloodshed in this country.
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell
Seale and Newton, armed, back in 1966
Ronald Reagan, then Governor of California
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