Over the past few days, we’ve experienced two mass shootings, one at a Texas Walmart, and one in Dayton, Ohio. These events are the cruel acts of psychotic cowards, and the loss of life is always a tragedy. As is always the result of these incidents, our televisions and newspapers are filled with politicians who tell us that this is one of many reasons the average citizen is not responsible enough to defend themselves with guns.
The problem with the freedom of the populace to arm itself is that it comes with the sad reality that the evil elements of said populace are also able to arm themselves. And, even though we attempt to put barriers in place to prevent that from happening, short of a full outlawing of guns, some will fall through the cracks. And perhaps, you’ll say, that an outlawing of guns is what is needed? I must wholeheartedly disagree with that sentiment. We cannot allow ourselves to be disarmed by the government.
Our system is built on a system of checks and balances. The President can veto laws passed by the congress, the congress can impeach the president, etc. The second amendment, as distasteful as talking about armed insurrection my be, is one of those checks. The founding fathers knew that the government they were forming could just as easily become tyrannical as any government, and they wanted to give the people the ability to fight that tyranny just as they had.
Something history has taught us is that one should always question a government that tries to disarm its citizenry