Does the 2nd Amendment Apply to the AR ?
“Does the 2nd amendment apply to the AR”? This was a question I recently received on Facebook and I wanted to take a few moments to answer it on video because one, it was asked, and two, I believe anyone who believes that the 2nd amendment only applies to the “guns of the day” or “hunting” or it’s for “citizens that are currently in a militia” are simply repeating “spin room” talking points and haven’t taken the time to read the numerous public statements from our founding fathers. Their intent for the 2nd is very well documented, very easy to find, very clear on its intended purpose, and I am including just a small portion of their quotes I found online.
Founding Father Quotes:
Does the 2nd amendment apply to the AR? You decide, below are quotes from the fathers of our country about the 2nd amendment and the use of guns by citizens. These are just a few that I found online and there are plenty of others that provide insight into the thinking at the time they were drafting, ratifying, and attempting to pass the Bill of Rights.
“What country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance. Let them take arms.”
– Thomas Jefferson, letter to James Madison, December 20, 1787
“They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
– Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759
“Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote!”
“To disarm the people…[i]s the most effectual way to enslave them.”
– George Mason, referencing advice given to the British Parliament by Pennsylvania governor Sir William Keith, The Debates in the Several State Conventions on the Adoption of the Federal Constitution, June 14, 1788
“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 ruined…. The great object is that every man be armed. Everyone who is able might have a gun.”
– Patrick Henry, Speech to the Virginia Ratifying Convention, June 5, 1778
“This may be considered as the true palladium of liberty…. The right of self-defense is the first law of nature: in most governments, it has been the study of rulers to confine this right within the narrowest limits possible. Wherever standing armies are kept up, and the right of the people to keep and bear arms is, under any color or pretext whatsoever, prohibited, liberty, if not already annihilated, is on the brink of destruction.”
– St. George Tucker, Blackstone’s Commentaries on the Laws of England, 1803
“The right of the citizens to keep and bear arms has justly been considered, as the palladium of the liberties of a republic; since it offers a strong moral check against the usurpation and arbitrary power of rulers; and will generally, even if these are successful in the first instance, enable the people to resist and triumph over them.”
– Joseph Story, Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States, 1833
“As civil rulers, not having their duty to the people before them, may attempt to tyrannize, and as the military forces which must be occasionally raised to defend our country, might pervert their power to the injury of their fellow citizens, the people are confirmed by the article in their right to keep and bear their private arms.”
– Tench Coxe, Philadelphia Federal Gazette, June 18, 1789
“The people are not to be disarmed of their weapons. They are left in full possession of them.”
-Zachariah Johnson, Virginia Ratifying Convention, June 25, 1788
Additional Founding Father Quotes: https://www.concealedcarry.com/gun-quotes-from-our-founding-fathers-2nd-amendment/
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