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The REAL intent of the 2nd Amendment and why the radical left gets it wrong

Updated: May 8, 2022

If you are of the mindset that the radical left and anti 2nd Amendment liberals will ever relent in their efforts to end your natural right to defend yourself. You are sadly mistaken. Over the weekend I noticed that twitter was loaded with anti 2nd Amendment arguments. This argument will never go away so long as there are political parties in the United States who wish to impose their ideologies on the American people and lobby for complete control of the Federal Government.

They use the same platitudes, strawman arguments and gaslighting in every debate that they engage in. But what they never do is read the founding documents of our Republic. They never look at the historical context involving the ratification of the Bill of Rights. And never address why our founding fathers implemented measures to restrict the Federal government from overstepping their delegated authority and limiting natural rights.

They will tell you that the militia was the only entity the founding fathers intended to be armed. Then turn around and tell you that the militia was supposed to be heavily regulated by the Federal Government. They will tell you that times have changed, and semi-automatic weapons did not exist when the 2nd Amendment was ratified. They will tell you that your right to defend yourself is the reason why violence happens in the United States. And blame your guns for what others do. All of which could not be further from the truth.

So, what was the reason of the 2nd Amendment in the first place?

First and foremost, the Revolutionary War. It was citizens of the colonies that banded together leading up to the Revolutionary War to fight the tyranny of King George in the colonies. At the time, they had no standing Army. So, each colony or State had their own state militia. Our founders understood that it would take organized citizens to fight tyrannical governments. And that it was a natural right of the people to alter or abolish governments that oppressed the people. The grass roots foundation of that was the militia.

You can read about the history of the militia in the United States here.,political%20and%20social%20institutions%20as%20well%20as%20military.?msclkid=8832c7ccb42211ecb6dee9f68a15d25f

The first full muster of militia in the Colonies took place in Massachusetts in 1636. With the intent of having civilian forces to protect the rights of the people. Natural rights. The Sons of Liberty essentially infiltrated the militia in Massachusetts leading up to the Revolutionary War.

The Sons of Liberty were founded in 1765 by Samuel Adams in response to the growing tyranny of the British Empire. They helped organize things like the Boston Tea Party, Lexington and Concord and Bunker Hill. More notably they were directly involved in the Boston Massacre.

They understood that a standing Army could trample a man's rights just as much as an elected legislature. So, what did the founders have to say about the militia?

  1. “What country can preserve its liberties if its rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

  2. “I ask, sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people except for a few public officials.” ~ George Mason

  3. “A well-regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained in arms, is the best most natural defense of a free country.” ~ James Madison

  4. “When the resolution of enslaving America was formed in Great Britain, the British parliament was advised by an artful man [Sir William Keith], who was governor of Pennsylvania, to disarm the people. That it was the best and most effectual way to enslave them. But that they should not do it openly; but to weaken them and let them sink gradually, by totally disusing and neglecting the militia.” ~ George Mason

  5. “Laws that forbid the carrying of arms . . . disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes . . . Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

  6. “To disarm the people… was the best and most effectual way to enslave them.” ~ George Mason

You get the idea by now. The entire intent of the militia according to the founding fathers was to prevent future governments from disarming and oppressing their citizens. Keep in mind that they had just gotten done fighting a tyrannical government that tried to disarm them.

Alexander Hamiliton even discussed the militia in the federalist papers.

The best we can hope for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed.” – Alexander Hamilton, the Federalist Papers at 184-188

This idea that a Federally regulated militia was the only intent of the 2nd Amendment is historically wrong. And historical manipulation.

It was the exact intent of the Founding Fathers to ensure the people had the right to a well-maintained militia. And that the people would always have the natural right to be armed. Not for hunting, or self-defense against your neighbor alone. But to ensure that governments knew they answered to the people. Governments that derived their powers through the Consent of the Governed.

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A good historical reference to this would be Col. James Barrett farm in Massachusetts during the Revolutionary War. You can Read about it here.

Col. James Barrett farm served as the storage site for the town of Concords militia. Where they stored weapons, gun powder and cannons. That is right the militia owned cannons. So, this idea that the 2nd Amendment only applies to muskets, comes from a point of ignorance. Col. Barrett himself served as the C