Anyone that knows me probably knows I am not a political person. My republican friends think I am a republican, my democratic friends think I am a democrat, not sure if I have any independent or libertarian or other party friends, but hopefully I have not demonstrated a particular slant to any political affiliation. Why? Because none are correct in their complete ideology. So why does the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution tend to be affiliated more strongly with one party? The NRA routinely receives criticism for their position which I think is quite clear. They have only one political issue they care about and it is Second Amendment rights. The NRA has much more going on than just the Second Amendment rights, but that’s not what was on my mind this morning.
What I want to discuss is the Second Amendment and what it means to me. I am not exactly what you would call a history scholar, but the Second Amendment was part of the Bill of Rights written and debated in 1789 and ratified in 1791. The Second Amendment says:
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.
Many people do not accept Wikipedia as correct for many topics, but their information on the Second Amendment is thorough and provides background on what was meant at the time the documents were created.
What it means to me is I have the right to own and carry firearms. It has been interpreted to mean that every time it was challenged since it 1791 and after nearly 221 years, will continue to mean that forever. I purchased my first pistol at age 21 because the law said I could. I appreciate laws which allow me to do things as opposed to those which restrict my activities and freedom. I hope we never get to a point as a society where the Second Amendment is threatened or even worse, repealed. Perhaps those who think it would be a positive step should take a glance at the repercussions of Prohibition and the formation of organized crime. Prohibition failed miserably as a social experiment and caused many American businesses to cease operations at a time when our country desperately needed more business.
Today firearm ownership is at an all time high at about 45% of the US population depending upon which statistic you believe. If you ask those owners if they believe in the Second Amendment the answer will be a resounding YES! So while I don’t particularly lean toward any political party or candidate, I do tend to look at the candidate’s stance on my Second Amendment rights. If their position differs from my own I typically find another candidate and vote accordingly.