Thomas Jefferson understood and warned against disarming the people. He wrote, “The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.”
This is why the second amendment is “The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed”. It was important to our founding fathers that every citizen not only have the right, but also the means, to protect their country from a hostile takeover by corrupt politicians.
History has shown us that democracies have been taken by force in several countries. They succeeded because the tyrants first disarmed the civilians. Nazi Germany is an excellent example of civilian disarmament. First they demanded that people register their firearms. This ended up causing the Storm Troopers to go house to house confiscating all the weapons.
We see that some politicians see this as a start in America. The fact is that a small handful of evil people have used guns for mass murder, but politicians are focusing on guns rather than dangerous people. They are trying to convince people that this will stop, or at least reduce, mass murder. No weapons, no mass murder.
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The problem is that if evil murderers don’t have access to firearms, they will find other ways to kill many people in a single action. Timothy McVeigh murdered 168 people of all ages without firing a shot. His weapon was a truck loaded with fertilizer and fuel oil that became a deadly bomb. Exceptionally effective.
While some politicians say the people’s right to own and bear arms is not a God-given right, the right to self-defense is. Such is the defense of our country.