It recently dawned on me what should be the most obvious argument for the individual right to “keep and bear arms.”
The primary purpose of the 10 Amendments that form the Bill of Rights is to protect the natural rights of the individual from an encroaching federal government function. The only way someone would not know this is if they have not read them.
In fact, each of the Bill of Rights’ 10 Amendments – there were originally 17 – states this by use of the words person, people, owner, or accused. The only two that do not expressly state the individual are the Seventh and Eighth. They do, however, use inference to make the point that both pertain to the individual.
So when a leftist begins to spout off about the Second Amendment, that it applies only to militias, we must remind him of this. If necessary, review each of the 10, and it will become clear that the founders did not intend for nine of the 10 to pertain primarily to the individual and yet single out just the Second as not having any individual-protection component. It defies logic. But then so does liberalism.
Rather than take my word for it – let’s do just that. Let’s quickly review all 10 of the Amendments to see that they are in fact meant to protect the individual.
The First is obvious. Most people are familiar with it, and it is quoted by the left quite often. It’s clearly an individual right. Again – we are looking for the key words: people, person, owner, accused or an inference. All these terms equal the individual.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
Inference and “people.”
Number 2 I will skip for now and deal with it at the end.