I do not own a firearm or plan on ever doing so. However, I support the Second Amendment and the right to have firearms. With all of the recent controversy, I have given much thought to the Second and its meaning.
Unlike some paranoid individuals who feel the Second was put in the Constitution to prevent government from invading our homes, taking our weapons and enslaving society, I believe the Founding Fathers had a much different agenda.
After the Revolutionary War, the militia was disbanded and sent home. There was no standing army, yet there were threats to our country’s northern, southern, and western borders. If a need arose that required a militia, they had only to conscript males who were already armed to form a new army. When the Second was written with this in mind, the writers also realized that the only weapons available were single-shot, blackpowder-and-flint, metal-ball muskets and pistols. If you were not Davy Crockett, Daniel Boone or Alvin York, you would be unable to hit the side of a barn with any consistency.
Today, imagine that the original Founding Fathers were tasked with writing the Second Amendment with the full knowledge of the past 200-plus years of world history – a do-over, if you will. I will pose 3 possible scenarios:
• The Second Amendment will stand as originally written.
• The Second Amendment is eliminated as not to be necessary today.
• The Second Amendment is rewritten allowing citizens to own handguns, rifles and shotguns. However, all military ordnance – including firearms, ammunition, grenades, missiles, land mines, etc. – would be unnecessary and illegal for private citizens to own.
I believe some variation of the last scenario would be enacted, especially when I hear the rampant paranoia of a few people who advocate having rocket-propelled grenades, Stinger missiles, hand grenades and land mines to protect themselves from who knows what.
It is scary, but fortunately those very bright Founding Fathers who got it right in their lifetimes would surely get it right again with a do-over to fit the current times.