A Civic Responsibility

A Civic Responsibility

Thoughts on the 2nd Amendment

Published in the October 2013 edition of NEWS4U

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.

Sir William Blackstone, author of The Commentaries, describes the right to bear arms as an auxiliary right, supporting the natural rights of self-defense, resistance to oppression, and the civic duty to act in concert in defense of the state.

The concept of recreational shooting, competition and hunting was not a consideration for the authors of the 2nd amendment.  Having just come out of three decades of conflict, their concern was to maintain the freedoms that so many suffered to achieve. Acknowledging that each man could fight in their own way, the assumption was that at some point arms may be necessary and that we new citizens of the United States would want to continue to take an active role in the preservation of those freedoms.

It is true that firearms ownership incorporates safety, proper storage preventing unauthorized access, education in their basic use, care, maintenance and cleaning, but  ultimately, the right to bear arms is a right to fight for both personal and national freedoms.

A gun is not a magic talisman purchased to make you feel safer.  Firearms ownership comes with responsibility and commitment. You must remember that through negligence or malicious action it can kill you or others.  Operating a gun without instruction is irresponsible and not being prepared to fight with it is dangerous.

The idea of gun control is probably misstated.  The objective is to minimize as much tragedy as possible.  Law abiding Americans are meant to be armed if that is their choice. What needs to be emphasized is education, training and vigilance.

If fighting with a gun could be a plausible outcome for you, recognize that you cannot apply skill you do not have at the moment you need it. Owning a gun is not just exercising your freedom but it is committing to protect American freedoms.

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