In 1775, British troops were in the field, looking for arms caches secreted by British subjects. The reason the colonists felt they needed to stockpile firearms was confirmed by the military’s actions at that time. The muskets that the Minutemen hid away were that era’s assault weapons.
The colonists were afraid of British weapons’ superiority and had to, in some cases, resort to guerilla tactics. American Revolutionaries were considered terrorists by loyalists.
In the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson wrote, “when a long train of abuses and usurpations, … 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.”
We may not live in circumstances akin to those experienced by our forefathers. However, for a society to be free, the means must be available to guarantee that freedom.
Some readers may think that civilization has evolved beyond the necessity for citizens to bear arms. They think people like me are crackpots. They’re entitled to their opinion. So am I.
I have no desire to own an assault rifle. I do own firearms and am skilled in their use. As much as it goes against my personal convictions, I concede the need for some type of registration. We definitely need an effective way to screen potential gun purchasers.
The Second Amendment to the Constitution states: “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.”
The first American units engaged at the Battles of Lexington and Concord consisted of militiamen. I’m thinking that there were insane people in America in the 1770s. They had fewer laws and less federal regulation.
Perhaps our forefathers were just better informed and prepared than we are.
Rich De Shon, Auburn