There is literally not one reason americans should have unfettered access to guns.
1. You don’t need an AR-15 to hunt.
2. You don’t need an AR-15 for personal protection.
3. You don’t need an AR-15 because you think you’ll use it to overthrow our government – the People’s government.
Lots of people think three is THE REASON to have a right to own machine guns. I’ll get to that in a minute.
Let’s talk about hunting and personal protection. Surely the framers of the constitution thought about those activities when they where writing the Bill of Rights.
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.
Yep, nothing in there about shooting deer or chopping a marauder in half with an AR-15 on full auto. It does however say “well regulated Militia.”
If the right to “keep and bear Arms” is not about hunting or personal protection than it must so that we can violently overthrow the government.
But that doesn’t make sense either.
To understand how ridiculous this “idea” is, think about what was happening in 1787. We had whooped Britain’s ass, but there were lots of these Shaw’s Rebellion sort of things happening pretty regularly.
The elite were getting nervous, and as a response, they wrote the Constitution. While it’s true that much of the Constitution is about constraining the federal government, but make no mistake, the framers knew they were creating a strong federal government and that’s what they wanted.
Before the Constitution, there was the Articles of Confederation. Under the Articles, the federal government was weak and unable to deal with potential civil unrest.
So this notion that while the framers were creating a strong federal government they would also put in-place a mechanism to violently overthrow that very government is absurd. No one would create system like that. And if we voted on it today, it’s safe to say that the vast majority of people don’t believe in a violent revolution as part of our political life.
The second amendment exists for the very specific reason stated in the text – a “well regulated Militia.” We have that, it’s called Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines.
We should repeal the second amendment, it’s been twisted into a right for domestic terrorists to kill us on a large scale.