Of late there has been much discussion regarding the reason the Founding Fathers wrote the Second Amendment. Some are even saying it was to maintain slavery only. To clarify one needs to hear from these very men. A caution must be offered as there are a number of groups who are attributing erroneous quotes to the Founding Fathers.
Samuel Adams: “And that the said Constitution be never be construed to authorize Congress to infringe the just liberty of the press, or the rights of conscience; or to prevent the people of the United States, who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms.”
Patrick Henry: “The great object is that every man be armed and “Everyone who is able may have a gun.” And “are we at last brought to such humiliating and debasing degradation, that we cannot be trusted with arms for our defense? Where is the difference between having our arms in possession and under our direction and having them under the management of Congress?”
The greatest danger to American freedom is a government that ignores the Constitution” and “Those who hammer their guns into plowshares will plow for those who do not.” And, “What country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit if resistance. Let them take arms.” This statement was attributed to Thomas Jefferson but was apparently false. Whoever wrote it is right on, I believe.
Adolph Hitler is given credit for the gun control/confiscation aimed at the Jewish population. He encouraged arms possession by his “loyal” associates and the armed forces, which were later used against the Jewish people and against his political opponents. It is true that Sen. [Thomas] Dodd went to Germany and studied Hitler’s gun laws and returned and presented his Gun Control Act of 1968.
The society that Hitler made was anything but safe, and what he said sounds so familiar in the debate toward more gun control. The opposite is true: gun confiscation leads to mayhem on the streets by any number of groups from the government through the criminal gangs and will bring in the enemies of the United States and of liberty and individual freedoms.
In the formation of the Second Amendment there was much debate regarding the “well formed militia” and the “rights of the people.” History has taught that the defense of freedom rests in the hands of the people and the people make up the militia.
There is an excellent treatise, “The Second Amendment and the Bill of Rights” that can be found at www.guncite.com/journals/hardh and that originated with the University of Virginia’s Journal of Law and Politics.