Pistol-Packing Grandma

In the wake of the Conn. shooting, the 2nd Amendment has become a focal point for anti-gun proponents once more. Their message is that it’s time to re-evaluate the right to keep and bear arms, but the mistaken assumption is that the 2nd Amendment is easy to change.

Like all amendments in the Bill of Rights, the 2nd Amendment does not create a right. Rather, it recognizes a right with which we were “endowed by [our] Creator.”

Here’s the text:

A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right the keep and bear arms shall not be infringed

Normally stressed in this amendment are the two obvious assertions: 1. We possess “the right to keep and bear arms” and, 2. That right “shall not be infringed.” But of crucial importance is the fact that this amendment is the only one which protects a right our Founders considered “necessary to the security of a free state.”

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