- - Tuesday, October 6, 2015

The framers of our Constitution included the Second Amendment in the Bill of Rights. The best-known reason is for this was to give Americans the right to possess firearms for self-defense against assaults and other types of physical violence. The second reason was to provide Americans with a collective right to possess firearms to defend themselves from an oppressive federal government.

The Framers made this very clear. They considered the best means of preventing the rise of tyranny in the federal government to be a people armed with the firearms of the day, and they placed this amendment behind the great First Amendment to emphasize its importance to the defense of our liberty.

Barack Obama, Hillary Rodham Clinton and other leftist “progressives” consider the Second Amendment an impediment to their primary political aim: a federal government that dominates every aspect of our lives. If not, let them answer four questions: Why are you trying to constantly restrict the ownership of firearms? Why do you limit the characteristics of firearms, thus reducing their effectiveness? Why do you limit when firearms may be carried to such an extent that possession of firearms becomes an exercise in futility? Do you fear the Americans will rise and throw you off as we did to British tyranny?


U.S. Army Reserves (retired)

Chino Hills, Calif.

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