The history of America is based on civilian ownership of firearms.  Our founding fathers believed in the right to keep and bear arms for self defense, defense of others, defense of country, and defense of freedom.  They felt so strongly about this right that after they used firearms to liberate themselves from an oppressive government, they codified this right in the following manner:

U.S. Constitution - Amendment 2 (1791): "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."

  • Regulated - disciplined, trained, practiced
  • Militia - All able-bodied (at the time, male) citizens
  • People - all citizens; not governmental bodies (see the other uses of "people" in the Constitution e.g. 1st, 4th, 9th, 10th)
  • Arms - defensive and offensive weapons to include firearms, knives, and any other weapon that could be purposed for defense of self or country and operated by a single person or a small group (e.g. guns, swords, canons).

I like firearms because they:

  • provide protection,
  • provide sustenance, 
  • are beautiful,
  • are collectable,
  • are a part of our heritage,
  • are fun to shoot.

For some people, firearms are scary or foreign to their lifestyle.  Anything that is not understood can be scary.  I hope that rather than running from their fear, these people will educate themselves and discover how great the first American pastime can be.

I'm not a lawyer, I don't claim to be one, and I don't play one on TV.  Anything I say is my opinion - not legal advice.

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