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The Second Amendment - It's not about hunting

By Scott Tibbs, January 18, 2013

"You don't need a 30-round magazine to take out a deer."

If you listen to gun-control advocates talk about their desire to ban "assault weapons" or large-capacity magazines, they always talk about hunting. Occasionally they will mention target shooting. In doing so, they show that they miss the point of the Second Amendment - the natural human right to defend yourself from those who would harm you and your family. While the men who wrote the Constitution had no problem with hunting that was not the primary purpose of the Second Amendment.

Just reading the text of the Second Amendment made that clear. Before the key phrase of the amendment (the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed) the justification for that is laid out: A well-regulated militia is "necessary to the security of a free state." The purpose of a militia is not to hunt for food, but to provide security.

Keep in mind that when the founders wrote the Constitution, they had also just gone through a war with the world's most powerful empire, where they were able to secede and form their own nation. It was far from unthinkable that they would need to replace the government they were setting up with the Constitution - perhaps through armed rebellion. That is one of the reasons the Second Amendment is in place.

As Thomas Jefferson said, "When governments fear the people, there is liberty…when the people fear the government, there is tyranny." That is seen as radical today, but is it really unthinkable that this could be necessary at some point in the future? As long as we are ruled by sinful men, we could see our system of government devolve into tyranny. And no, I am not advocating the violent overthrow of or violent resistance to the government.

It would have been unthinkable to the founders that it would be illegal for free people to not have weapons for the purpose of self-defense, specifically designed to deter, repel or neutralize threats against our lives or property. Do not buy fall for the arguments of the Left that they respect the right to hunt or the right to practice at a shooting range, because the Second Amendment is about much more than that.