The Second Amendment protects the individual right to keep and bear arms. It does not put limits on purpose, such as for military use versus recreational use, hunting, or personal protection. It does not put limits on location, such as inside the home versus outside the home. It does not put limits on the type of “arms”, such as one model of rifle over another. The Second Amendment is very clear, and NOT for debate.
Now, while most people tend to focus solely on the individual aspect of the Second Amendment, I believe there is also a Greater Good, a National Interest, a National Treasure of Sorts.
“You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass,” is a famous quotation usually attributed to Isoroku Yamamoto, Commander-in-Chief of the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II. Exactly when and where he uttered those words, or whether it was actually said by someone else is irrelevant. The point remains.
Civilian firearms ownership is, in fact, a deterrent to invading the mainland United States.
Now, before you’re quick to dismiss this as inconceivable, or an impossibility in the year 2014, consider that Sara Palin was mocked in 2008 when she predicted that Russia would invade the Ukraine. Likewise, 2012 Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney was ridiculed for stating that Russia, “is without question our No. 1 geopolitical foe. They fight every cause for the world’s worst actors.” Well, if you’ve paid any attention to the news lately, you’ve now realized that while it seemed far fetched at the time, both Sara Palin and Mitt Romney were spot-on correct.
And regardless of how much you may have personally, “evolved into a higher being,” or think society as a whole has done the same, the unfortunate fact remains that there are still evil forces out there. Evil forces who want to destroy individual people, and whole nations. Evil forces that can only be defended against, and fought, with force. You see examples every day in the news.
And lest you think no one would be emboldened enough to invade the mainland United Sates, let’s not forget that in the late summer of 2012 a Russian attack submarine sailed for weeks undetected in the Gulf of Mexico.
So, with President Obama making plans for very significant, major cuts to the military, cuts that would take our Armed Forces backwards to pre-World War II build-up levels, on top of already perceived US weakness due to soft foreign policy, on top of continued threats from terrorists and nations like Iran and North Korea, you should be happy for, and support the millions of Americans who do exercise their Second Amendment Right.
Beyond the obvious reasons usually focused on the ‘individual’, consider that the Second Amendment is strategic in nature for broader National Security. “There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass!”
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