The Second Amendment Does Not “Give Us” a Right to Keep and Bear Arms

Some people (maybe many) may be outraged by the title of this article. But it’s true. The right to keep and bear arms is an inalienable right. We have the right to protect ourselves. If there are people with knives who want to do me harm, then I have a right to defend myself with a weapon in kind.

The same is true of firearms.

“The Second Amendment gives citizens the right to bear arms.”[1]

Don’t be surprised if some of your friends agree with the word “gives.”

The assumption is that if we didn’t have the Second Amendment – the government granting Americans the right to keep and bear arms — then nobody would be permitted to own any kind of weapon until the government enumerated that right.

The right is seen as a “gift” of government. What the government gives, the government can take away.

This is not what the Second Amendment says. The right existed before the Bill of Rights was drafted and passed.

“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.”

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