What Does the Second Amendment Really Mean?

Today this is a question being thrown around like a wet noodle in a noodle factory. But to really answer this heavily debated question, we have to go back to those who wrote this amendment to understand what they meant when they wrote it and why. We could just dig up some great statements and place them in here, but that would still be open for a debate. One has to wonder just why is it that right now the people who have taken an Oath of office to, "support and defend the Constitution of the United States" are now the very ones making bold and blatant attempts to destroy it! Do we as a people wish to begin down the road to the bottom by even changing the ideas of the Constitution? Should "We The People" even allow our Representatives from either side of the house to take a strike at the destruction of the Constitution? We need only to go back to 1938 and the early part of the rise of the Nazi Party to see just what happens when people allow the government to "Control" anything!

Let us take a quick look at what one of the best-known Founding Fathers stated about the Second Amendment and why the very idea to arm citizens was even placed into the Constitution.

"When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government."

~Thomas Jefferson

Just this one idea alone shows the reason behind the Second Amendment and it should be understood that the reason was to ensure that the government would not "take over" and become the master while the people became the slaves. Wait, this is almost what is going on today. Our government is now controlling a number of the ways we live, the Government is handing money out it takes from those whom make it honestly and gives it to those whom would much rather just sit back and keep on taking while contributing nothing but complaints that they do not get enough "free" money from the government! Thomas Jefferson made a statement to that affect.

 "The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not." Thomas Jefferson

In today's United States we see our nation slipping away a little at a time and we see the advent of the destruction by those who hate the rights of people. The Second Amendment is much needed and without the Second Amendment, we lose the rest of the Constitution! The Second Amendment is being challenged at nearly every turn and while we feel for those whom have lost loved ones in shootings, we state without a single doubt that if we begin to bar any part of this Constitution, then we open the door to bar it all!

Barak Hussein Obama made a statement that will become a very questionable comment. Ben Shapiro writes: 

In his pursuit of overarching gun control legislation in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook massacre, President Barack Obama has been dogged. He's been relentless. He's been demagogic, too, whether flanking himself with schoolchildren (the implication being that his political opponents don't care about dead kids) or suggesting that if just one life can be saved by his legislation, we ought to buy into it wholeheartedly (a proposition that would justify almost any sort of government overreach).

But on Wednesday, President Obama took his gun control push a step further: He admitted that only the Constitution stands between him and full gun confiscation.

Rejecting concerns that new background checks might be a prelude to gun seizures, Obama suggested that worries about gun seizures were empty, and were only designed to feed "into fears about government. You hear some of these folks: 'I need a gun to protect myself from the government. We can't do background checks because the government's going to come take my guns away.' The government's us. These officials are elected by you. ... I am constrained as they are constrained by the system that our founders put in place."

Here we can see that Obama has now decidedly made the choice to counter and try to persuade people to maybe allow him to get rid of that cumbersome Constitution that seems to be keeping him in check, as it is supposed to do by the way, lest we have a dictatorship run by this Alinskyite! This should be very disturbing news to anyone and everyone since it now shows that the President himself wants nothing less than to remove guns from those who should have them the most, the law abiding citizens! By the way, all the gun control laws in the world would never stop a mad man. In the most recent shootings, all were committed by people with severe mental problems, which others had been aware of, but instead of engaging these people properly, those who had the authority just decided to make even stricter controls for law abiding citizens. Criminals and the ones with mental problems are once again left out of the picture! Once again, the government has failed the people by attacking the result of a problem instead of the beginning of a problem.

George Washington, our first President even understood the reason behind the idea of the Second Amendment. He stated;

"A free people ought not only to be armed, but disciplined; to which end a uniform and well-digested plan is requisite; and their safety and interest require that they should promote such manufactories as tend to render them independent of others for essential, particularly military, supplies." - George Washington

One has to wonder why is it that those whom began this nation would have such foresight to see the very need for such an amendment as the Second Amendment, but we should realize that they had witnessed the iron hand of the King of England and they knew that in order to be not just free, but to keep that freedom, the Second Amendment was needed to secure a free state. Are we as a nation at that point once again, where we have to fight to maintain what the Founding Fathers had written down to secure our rights? May God help us if we should have to resort to fighting to maintain the rights granted unto us by God and secured by those who had seen firsthand what an overbearing government could do.

Thomas Jefferson had even thought of just what the government would do if it were allowed to gain more power than it was bound to.

"The general (federal) government will tend to monarchy, which will fortify itself from day to day, instead of working its own cures." Thomas Jefferson

In today's world our government is near this tipping point that Jefferson seems to speak of in his quote above. We can see this due to the fact that our Federal government today is feeding off the taxes it has placed upon all of us and this feeding does not show any signs of diminishing at all! Now how could Thomas Jefferson see this back in the 1800's when people today are blind to this? Once again we go back to the Second Amendment in a roundabout way. This is due to the fact that this one Amendment to our Constitution supports the rest of the Constitution and if the Government can abolish this part of the Constitution, it will have no problem erasing the rest of the Constitution because then the people would have no means of fighting back against the ever imposing Government.

With an upcoming vote on the ratification of the United Nations Small Arms Treaty that the Obama Administration has already signed off on, our nation is on the edge of losing not just the Second Amendment, but the entire Constitution itself due to the loss of the sovereignty of the United States should the Senate vote for the United Nations Small Arms Treaty! Yes, this so-called treaty will render the Second Amendment null and void should the Senate pass this treaty now that should maybe scare enough people to stop it because if that should happen, no one will have any freedom at all because the United Nations will be calling the shots and whatever rights "We The People" have now would be forever lost. Now think of that people, because it is not far from being a done deal and Obama has already given the okay to do this. If this treaty is passed in the Senate, the United States will cease to exist and we all lose! And to think, the Second Amendment is key to it all.

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  • http://twitter.com/Data_Jack DataJack

    So full of lies. Truth matters. Try it some time.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-McElroy/100001281755133 David McElroy

    Live free or die! Have no king but Jesus!

  • John Carter

    Contact your Senators from whichever state you are from at 1-202-225-3121 and tell them to vote against any and all gun control legislation. Sadly, 2 Senators( Joe Manchin democrat from West Virginia and Pat Toomey republican from Pennsylvania have "sold out" their constituents) have and are allowing a vote to deny you of your Constitutional right to bear arms. Call immediately and tell them to vote NO on any and all gun control legislation... Fight for your rights...

  • http://www.facebook.com/CookerT David Cook

    Our second amendment used to mean freedom and some sort of protection against a tyranical government. However it doesn't mean anything to our Government today. They have lost sight of what freedom is and what millions of American's have died for. I have never seen such a radical and irresponsible Government in my lifetime.

  • reggiec

    “Do not separate text from historical background. If you do, you will have perverted and subverted the Constitution, which can only end in a distorted, bastardized form of illegitimate government.” James Madison

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Randall-Francis/1404211380 David Randall Francis

    The 2nd amendment accomplishes 2 things. 1 It provides for each state to have its own militia (National Guard) 2 It guarantees the right of each American to keep and bear arms. NOTE It is the militia that is called to be well regulated not the citizenry.

  • T. Edward Price

    If we were to look to our Creator for the answer, and heed the clear instructions we are given, we wouldn't be so concerned about the ever increasing tyrannical gun laws. The truth is, I could care less about the 2nd Amendment. Please hear me out before stoning me. By what authority did men arm themselves prior to 1791? Anyone who bases his argument for gun ownership on the 2nd Amendment is proverbially building a house on sand, instead of on the rock of Scripture. If one is not a Christian, the point is moot. But if one is a Christian, the hope for protection of gun ownership lies with God's word. The 2nd Amendment is not the strongest protector of gun ownership. Rights "guaranteed" by the 2nd Amendment are only as good as the amendment itself. The same government that gave you the 2nd Amendment could eventually take it away by the repeal process, Supreme Court ruling, executive order, or U.N. treaty.. Then what? We need to stop looking to a government document to protect our “rights”, when that government could, and HAS, usurped those “rights” continually. This in NOT a political issue. It is a SPIRITUAL issue. This is where the debate over "rights" vs. responsibilities comes into play. Rights ALWAYS contain the option NOT to exercise said rights. We need to understand that Biblical RESPONSIBILITIES give us NO opportunity to “opt out”. It is the responsibility of EVERY Christian MAN to be armed, and sufficiently trained, in order to always be at the ready, in defense of self, family, community, and nation. Regardless the outcome of the push for evermore draconian gun laws, up to and including the possible banning of ALL privately held firearms, it is still the DUTY of Christians to maintain arms. Most of today's weak-kneed lily-livered, effeminate, so-called Christian males would agree with the popular phrase WWJD ( What Would Jesus Do). But they usually don't know the answer:
    Luke 22:36 --"And He said to them, “But now, whoever has a money belt is to take it along, likewise also a bag, and whoever has no sword (or 1911 .45, or Glock 23, or
    Benelli 12 Gauge, or M4 Carbine, or Savage .338 Lapua) is to sell his coat and
    buy one."

    1 Timothy 5:8--"But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those
    of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever."
    How can one provide for his own household, if he can't protect them?

    This is quite clear, but our enemies have infiltrated the pulpits, as well as education, government, and every sector of our society. As Christians, we are COMMANDED to look after and protect our own. The 2nd Amendment is uniquely American. On the other hand, the responsibility, or DUTY, for Christians to be armed in order to protect and defend liberty, is a UNIVERSAL law. This is not a "right", but a God-expected and ordained RESPONSIBILITY. We have been charged by our Creator with the duty to defend faith, liberty, and culture. Man's government has NO say in the matter! God-expected responsibilities trump "rights" every time. This is why this issue is spiritual in nature: "Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty." 2 Corinthians 3:17

    Stay safe, keep your powder dry, and your magazines fully charged.

    • TexasJester

      The Second Amendment guarantees that the State cannot take away the God-given right to self defense and defense of Liberty.

  • http://www.bibleversusconstitution.org/ Ted R. Weiland

    Leon Puissegur: "And to think, the Second Amendment is key to it all."

    Hmm!?! Despite its warning “shalt not be infringed,” the Second Amendment is the most infringed, licensed, and limited amendment of all twenty seven, and the day is probably coming when the Second Amendment will be repealed. This is the nature and danger of optional constitutional rights versus non-optional God-expected responsibilities, such as the following one the Apostle Paul shared with Timothy:

    “But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house [beginning first with spiritual protection and second with physical protection], he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.” (1 Timothy 5:8)

    Listen to “The Second Amendment: A Knife in a Gunfight" recently preached at last month’s Springfield, Missouri Firearms and Freedom Symposium regarding the Biblical responsibility versus the constitutional right to bear arms. You can listen to it and an interview Larry Pratt. Executive Director of Gun Owners of America, conducted with me on this same subject at http://www.bibleversusconstitution.com/#FeaturedMessages.

    • Steven

      It won't be repealed as long as they get away with ignoring it. An effort to actually repeal the 2nd amendment would wake up enough people to trigger the next American revolution.

  • Randy131

    US Constitution: Amendment II
    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 infinged.

    regulated - to cause to function in a reliable, predictable, useful manner.

    Militia - citizens voluntarily forming an army when needed.

    Military - a professional army paid by the State.

    necessary - essential; required.

    security - to provide for protection.

    free - independent; unrestrained; unencumbered.

    State - a sovereign political unit - a government.

    right - fitting and proper; lawful; privilege.

    keep - to retain; posses; own; remain unchanged.

    bear - to possess; to endure; to carry on one's person.

    Arms - weapons (knifes, swords, spears, guns, rifles, etc.); material preperation for conflict.

    shall - should; is to.

    not - in no way.

    infringed - to intrude upon; to transgress (register, restrict, regulate, or ban).

    What is it that is not understood about the 2nd Amendment, that after the elected elite take their oath to the US Constitution, that consists of - to support, protect, and defend the US Constitution (all it's Amendments and mandates) from all enemies both foreign and domestic, that they don't understand, causing them to violate that oath, making them liars and immoral people, no matter what the reasons or excuses? These people are supposed to be the premium intellect of the USA, yet they don't understand the meaning of the 2nd Amendment and casually violate their oaths to the US Constitution. WHY? Do they have a sinister agenda against the American people, for it is only the US Constitution that protects the American people, their rights and freedoms, only from their own government, and not from foreign aggression. GOD help us all! Our enemy is from within.

  • ol jim

    To me it means, soon as I see a brown shirt or a blue helmet open fire. Hey, just kidding folks.

  • R.Young

    The Regime (the Government) and only the Regime has the right to interpit the Constitution as it see fit (to fit it's purposes. With that said the Regime knows that the 2nd was written when a milita was need. Once Amerika had a standing Army the 2nd is no longer necessary except for the part about hunting and who needs to hunt anymore with supermarkets and fast food joints!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=516859771 John Sweet

      You missed the big reason why as stated :
      “When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the
      government, there is tyranny. The strongest reason for the people to
      retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect
      themselves against tyranny in government.”
      ~Thomas Jefferson
      that is why even with a standing Army we need to keep arms in the hands of the Civilians. for examples of this reasoning in modern times look at Nazi Germany as they rolled over the people taking up weapons in most of Europe. Look at the Founding fathers and their reason to include that in the Original wording they had just taken down a standing army

    • T. Edward Price

      John, I believe R. Young does understand. His post was satire. Sometimes satire and sarcasm help to relieve the madness of it all. A laugh keeps you from wanting to scream. I'm sure the two of you are on the same page.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=516859771 John Sweet

      I sure hope so.

    • T. Edward Price

      Roger that!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=516859771 John Sweet

      It would be nice if he responded

    • R.Young

      John ponder this (this is what I believe) "SARCASTIC and I have a Smarth Mouth Attitude. It's a NATURAL DENFENSE against DRAMA<BULLCRAP AND STUPIDITY!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=516859771 John Sweet

      and here I thought that Sarcasm was a natural response against the facts when the ones you hold as true are not supported by the actual facts.

    • Steven

      Good satire reveals itself as satire. There is no HINT in R Young's comment that it is intended as satire.

    • T. Edward Price

      Regime? Amerika? "2nd is no longer necessary except for the part about hunting"? "[W]ho needs to hunt anymore with supermarkets and fast food joints!" Looks Will Rogers approved to me.

    • Steven

      Sounds like several Democrat Senators. I repeat NOTHING in the comment hints at satire.

    • BigUgly666

      You're not serious, are you?
      You CAN'T be serious.
      You can't be that SERIOUSLY STUPID, CAN YOU?

      I Seriously hope that your comment is satire!

    • R.Young

      R.Young = U.S.A.F. RET. Msgt. I will not stand for or tolerate DRAMA BULLCRAP OR STUPIDITY for they = WEAKNESS!

    • BigUgly666

      Petty Officer 3rd, USN - now in the 6th decade of life

      Thank you, as one who served to another.

      Whew! Glad you were satirical.

    • R.Young

      No Problem Petty Officer and thank you too! Msgt. crotchy, cantnakerous and sometimes even a pank in the ass just like any old Msgt.!

    • BigUgly666

      Yep! My "better half" calls me, "The Grouchy Bear".
      Be safe, Brother.

    • Steven

      The government does NOT have the exclusive right to interpret the Constitution. Actually, as a CREATION of the Constitution, the federal government has the LEAST claim to that right. The authors of the Constitution actually OPPOSED a standing army. The 'part about hunting' doesn't exist. The NEED considered in the second amendment is the need to retain the ability to REPEAT the actions of the Founders in OVERTHROWING an oppressive government.

  • george

    It means I have the right to own an AR 15 if I want one in case I need one. Now go chase down real criminals. They are afraid of them in Chicago.

    • TexasJester

      It means I have the right to own a full-auto M-16 as well!

    • http://www.facebook.com/wicket.willett Wicket Willett

      ..and you too.

    • http://www.facebook.com/wicket.willett Wicket Willett

      You are exactly who I don't want to have a gun. You appear to be just a little unstable.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rocky.vnvmc Rocky Vnvmc

    No treaty is capable of superceeding our Constitution.

  • MalikTous

    The 2nd Amendment means two things: we have the right to any and all personal armament and the responsibility to use them noncriminally, in defence of our selves, fellow innocent citizens, and our nation. If you buy a piece, please do everyone the favour of visitting the range and getting to know it so you have no accidents when you actively use it. With most real firearms owners, maintenance is as natural an event as shooting and (if you have kids) teaching your kids to always get an adult to supervise if they encounter a piece and teach them its proper use, forestalling accidents.

  • Jude O'Connor

    The Constitution does not need interpretation, it's written in English. The wisdom in the words carries it forth.

    • BigUgly666


    • Steven

      A large part of the problem is too many people were never taught English, even if they don't know a word in any other language.

  • http://www.facebook.com/darrell.a.tansy Darrell Allen Tansy

    isn't it funny the founding fathers saw this over 200 years ago and protected the peoples rights ,but the people in todays society cant or wont see what is happening now .
    people now days are more into give me give me ,welfare and so on I myself was brought up with the knowledge of if you want it work for it and what I worked for I owned and I didn't owe those who wont work jack .