The second amendment is specifically worded and phrased to protect the right of the people to have the ability to resist a tyrannical state. It reads:
“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.”
By a well-regulated militia, it refers to the armed forces which the government may use for our defense. It does not mean armed groups of citizens- it means the national military. Because the state controls that militia- it stands to reason that it can be misused and turned against the people.
To put it into more common terms, the second amendment says; ‘Because the government needs a military, the people have a right to be armed in case SHTF.’
The purpose of the amendment is to protect the right of the people to possess arms capable of putting up resistance against the army should tyrannical entities obtain the power of the government. The second amendment is not about your right to hunt for food. Neither is it about your right to protect yourself from common criminals. It is about stopping a tyrannical government by using force of arms.
In other words, the second amendment is about technology.
The founding fathers were brilliant, but they did not seem to realize that in just a couple hundred years we would have guns that would enable today’s shooter to take out a whole platoon of their soldiers. And they certainly did not think that we would have a military capable of wiping out whole small towns in a few moments.
Their intention was to give you, the common citizen, the ability to defend your family should the government wrongfully and illegally send armed men to violate your rights. It was something they themselves saw personally under the rule of the English monarchy.
So, unlike most Americans today, the founders knew that a tyrannical government was not only very possible- but probable- and given enough time, inevitable. Failing to legislate against a danger that they rightly saw as probable and inevitable would have made them pretty crappy founders.
Now, this brings us up to the present, when we have already forbidden the common, law-abiding person from possessing technology that would give him a fighting chance of resisting a tyrannical government. Namely, automatic weapons.
You are not allowed to have the types of guns that would make it possible (if improbable) to defend against an illegal government attack on your home, liberty, and life.
Recently, as is often the case in the firearms industry, a device has been invented that makes a semi-automatic rifle fire as rapidly as a truly automatic machine gun. It is called the bump stock.
It works, in case you are not aware, by rocking the gun back and forth against the shooter’s hand- enabling him to fire in rapid succession. It is a very jumpy thing to operate and is not as accurate as an honest to goodness machine gun.
Bump stocks, at the moment, skirt the law by providing a capability similar to an automatic gun without actually being automatic. However, it must be admitted, that a bump stock allows a semi-automatic rifle to deliver a similar effect to an automatic gun. And now, the Trump administration is set to make bump stocks illegal.
“We’re knocking out bump stocks. We’re in the final two or three weeks, and I’ll be able to write out bump stocks. We are now at the final stages of the procedure.” -President Trump
What he’s describing is rewriting the National Firearms Act of 1934 which defines a machine gun as “any weapon which shoots, is designed to shoot, or can be readily restored to shoot, automatically more than one shot, without manual reloading, by a single function of the trigger.”
Bump stocks do not meet that definition, technically. But that’s not what’s important here. What’s important is that the ban on automatic weapons is already unconstitutional. Bump stocks got around the law for a little while. But the law does one thing- it defeats the purpose of the second amendment by giving the government the ability to out-shoot civilians. Its purpose was to make the government afraid of the people- because governments only respect power.
This new twist in the law is built on a precedent that was set decades ago. Most competent shooters look at bump stocks as toys. But this further desecration of our constitutional rights is taking us further down a road that we never should have started on.