Explaining the Second Amendment

It never fails, I end up getting asked why I think the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution is so important. The answer is not as simple as you think, but then again, maybe it is.

Attorneys love to discuss Constitutional law, however, it is rare to find an attorney that can tell you the implications of the Third Amendment. As a matter of fact, it seems that most people people have forgotten the Third Amendment altogether.

Well, the First Amendment is Freedom of Speech, Press, Religion, Assembly and to Petition the Government. The Fourth Amendment is about protecting citizens from unreasonable search and seizure. The Fifth is protection from self-incrimination and guarantees due process of law. The Sixth guarantees a speedy and public trial. The Seventh guarantees the right to trial by a jury. The Eighth is about protection from excessive bail and cruel punishment. The Ninth broadly protects the rights not specifically enumerated in the Constitution and the Tenth delegates powers to the States that were not delegated to the Federal Government…

Okay, so what about the Third Amendment? Why have we forgotten about this? The answer seems to be that it is no longer applicable, but I disagree. It is my opinion that the Third Amendment is extremely important to understand in order to grasp the importance of the Second Amendment.

The Third Amendment guarantees protection from having to quarter troops in your home. Many people seem to have forgotten that life under British Colonization was not exactly a happy time, as a matter of fact, it was so bad that we decided to go to war over it. The American Revolution was not only about unfair taxation, but many violations against our God given rights as humans.

If the British Army came into town, they could move into your house, slaughter your cattle, consume your crops and do what they wanted. Can you imagine a government that could come into your home and throw you out and then completely trash everything that you have worked for all of your life? Maybe that helps answer the question why we were willing to fight and die to get our freedom?

Now, if a tyrannical government was sending men into your home, would you be better off with a firearm or a kitchen knife? I think the answer is quite simple.

Oh wait, I forgot to add that British Troops were known for taking women too. So some soldier comes to take your home, you daughter and leave you with nothing… Now I think you are getting the picture why we wanted to stomp those bastards.

Given this mindset, it is not hard to see why the Founding Fathers thought it was important that they protect the rights of the people to form militias and own firearms.

So the next time someone is asking you to answer to the importance of the Second Amendment, test their Constitutional Law foundation by asking them for their opinion on why the Third Amendment is so important. When you see them flounder in ignorance, take the time to politely educate them.