Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Day 19, February 13
The Second Amendment has received a great deal of attention lately. I thought it was worthwhile to look up the exact wording and examine why this amendment remains as vital to Americans today as it was over two hundred years ago. "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."
The words of some of our nation's first patriots stand as testimony to the Constitution and the Second Amendment:
"Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself. They are the American people’s liberty teeth and keystone under independence … From the hour the Pilgrims landed, to the present day, events, occurrences, and tendencies prove that to insure peace, security and happiness, the rifle and pistol are equally indispensable . . . the very atmosphere of firearms everywhere restrains evil interference – they deserve a place of honor with all that is good." =-George Washington
"The Constitution shall never be construed….to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms." -Samuel Adams
The Constitution of the United States of America is a divinely inspired document. If we alter it, if we deny it, we deny the will of the Lord, who inspired the Founding Fathers in writing it. If we give up this freedom, what freedom will we be asked to relenquish next? More, what freedom will be wrenched from our hands because we have given up our right to bear arms? Make no mistake: the right to bear arms is a right, not a privilege.
My husband and I don't have guns in our home, but we will always defend the rights of those who do.