A right, not a privilege
“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.”
The common belief today is that the Second Amendment was created to allow the American people the ability to hunt for food or defend their homes from the aboriginal people during the early days of colonization, but the historical intent is more illuminating. How so?
The purpose for the Second Amendment was to provide the people of America the means to defend themself against unlawful violence and, more importantly, the ability to contest attempts by a tyrannical government to strip away the Natural Rights of the people. The principle emanates from the framers of the Constitution, individuals who had recently secured independence for the people of the thirteen United States. Why? The framers sought to secure and assure the people that they would never again live under the demands and control of an overpowering and tyrannical central government. Why?
By nature, people are free, independent, and have inalienable Natural Rights. Rights that derive from Nature’s Creator. Rights that cannot be stripped from future generations in search of liberty, property, or the pursuit of happiness, by any compact established by any individual, or group of individuals, without due process. And how is this assured?
All political power in the United States is bestowed upon, and thus derived from the people, such that no government shall define the people, for it is the people who shall define the government. Finally, no government of a free people can be preserved but by a strong devotion to integrity, restraint, discipline, economy, virtue, and by maintaining the fundamental principles put forth in the Constitution. The right to keep and bear arms is a right, not a privilege.