Right to Bear Arms

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As stated by the 2nd Amendment, the right to bear arms is indispensable to preserving freedom. Given that firearms are a defense against government tyranny, it is dangerous for government to begin deciding which weapons or ammunition are permissible for citizens to have, so any legislation effecting gun control should be passed via nationwide ballot referendum.

“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.”
-Amendment II in the Bill of Rights

As stated by the Declaration of Independence, inalienable rights are 'God-given.' Governments exist to 'secure these rights' and, when becoming destructive of those rights, may be replaced by the people. However, that right of the people to free self-determination of government, vis. to replace corrupted governments with new ones, cannot occur if the people are deprived of their 2nd Amendment right to bear arms.

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security."
-Declaration of Independence[1]

As John Basil Barnham once famously observed, "Where the people fear the government you have tyranny. Where the government fears the people you have liberty." The 2nd Amendment helps safeguard not so much against violent criminals as against corrupt governments, which historically are even more dangerous.

Gun Control and Tyranny

Examples of corrupt and tyrannical governments using gun control to enact horrible genocides include the following:

Nazi Germany

The Nazis did not confiscate weapons from everyone, but did confiscate them from their political enemies such as the Jews.[2]

Soviet Union

The Bolshevik Revolution in 1918 led to a widespread seizure of firearms, culminating in gulags targeting political prisoners, as millions were executed or starved to death by Communism.[3]

Armenian Genocide

The Armenian Genocide from 1915-17 occurred after the Armenians were targeted with gun control measures.[4]

1971 to 1979 Uganda Massacres

Idi Amin's predecessor, Obote, instituted a nationwide gun ban with the exception of government officials, resulting in genocide.[4]

Khmer Rouge

Pol Pot implemented the 1975-77 genocide using the Khmer Rouge following a program of gun confiscation.[4]

Gun Control and Slavery

Research by 2nd Amendment researcher Clayton E. Cramer reveals that gun control laws dating back to the 1700s in states such as Louisiana and Virginia were used to protect the institution of slavery and prevent African-Americans from resisting.[5]

Sources

  1. "Declaration of Independence: A Transcription." National Archives.
  2. Halbrook, S.P. (2013, December 2). "How the Nazis Used Gun Control." National Review.
  3. Shevchenko, N. (2017, November 28). "How Russians Lost Their Own 2nd Amendment: The Right to Bear Arms." Russia Beyond.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Emery, D. (2017, November 11). “A Little Gun History.Snopes.
  5. Cramer, C.E. (1993). "The Racist Roots of Gun Control." FirearmsAndLiberty.com.