“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.”
--2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
Such importance was placed on the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, that the Founding Fathers placed it second, only behind freedom of speech, assembly and the press.
The U.S. Supreme Court is going to hear a case that will decide if that right, given to every free citizen of the United States, set forth in the Bill of Rights and reaffirmed throughout American history, can be taken away.
For more, Red Planet Cartoons has some background and information to get a discussion going - "An Individual Right"
If the Founders were alive today, there's little doubt they'd be troubled by the infringements on basic individual rights and the erosion of the freedoms they left us.
About one thing, they would breathe a sigh of relief: citizens still have the right to bear arms. That right is a last guard against tyranny which many countries lack.
No matter what anyone tells you: a Republic never outgrows the need for its armed citizenry.
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