Bill of Needs:
The Bill of Rights and Guns:
James Madison, in his infinite wisdom, made a Bill of Rights, not a Bill of Needs. He knew that the rights enshrined in it are basic human rights (which is why I think that gun rights are human rights). So what is there in the Bill of Rights on guns? Here is exactly what it has to say, the full text of the 2nd Amendment:
“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 Bill of Rights is very clear on guns; it is unconstitutional for the US government to take them away. That is because it enshrines our rights; it doesn’t outline needs. If it did, then perhaps we’d be like the English where free speech and gun rights are almost extinct, as I mention in my “Tyranny in Great Britain” post.
What separates the US from Britain is that we force the government to respect our gun rights through making it, and citizens, recognize that Madison constructed a Bill of Rights, not a Bill of Needs. The 2nd Amendment in the Bill of Rights gives us the ability to defend ourselves and protect our other rights, which is why some say that the 2nd Amendment is the amendment that guarantees all the others.
Defend that right, even if you don’t “need” to own a certain weapon! If you don’t, and instead only try to protect what is “needed”, then soon you’ll lose everything, like the British. We can’t let that happen here!
As I discuss in my post on The Anti-Federalist Papers, the Anti-Federalists knew why the Bill of Rights was so important; as long as we defend it, the government has to respect the rights in it. Their hard fought victory for that Bill of Rights has so far protected us from government tyranny. It was their signature victory, and it is an important one. We can’t let it be lost.