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Source. Your turn.
But more importantly than the cold hard facts and statistics regarding gun ownership vs "control" is the fact that the 2nd amendment to our Constitution simply acknowledges a God-given (inalienable) right that pre-exists human government - the right to self-defense against criminals and tyranny.
As I recently added a digitized draft copy of Virginia's Declaration of Rights (by George Mason), as my background image, let's look at what he penned in that document:
That a well-regulated militia, or composed of the body of the people, trained to arms, is the proper, natural, and safe defense of a free state; that standing armies, in time of peace, should be avoided as dangerous to liberty; and that in all cases the military should be under strict subordination to, and governed by, the civil power.And, in addressing the question of "who is the militia?", Mason wrote:
They consist now of the whole people . . . militia, when properly formed, [as] in fact the people themselves.Noah Webster made a similar argument (as did others); which is yet more proof that the 2nd amendment has absolutely nothing to do with hunting:
The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretence, raised in the United States.Moreover, since all of the Bill of Rights essentially acknowledges and codifies certain rights of "the people", i.e. individuals, it is nonsensical to argue that the framers stuck in one to acknowledge a "right" to a government or standing army. The argument is asburd on its face.
In 1992, Hallmark released a TV movie which dramatized an event known as The Battle of Athens. An American Story tells the story of a group of WWII Vets in Athens, TN who, exercising their 2nd amendment rights, restored law and order to a town and county run by a corrupt political machine. The whole episode came to a head over election fraud and ended with a gun fight between local citizens and corrupt law enforcement and government officials. The movie embodies one of the best illustrations of what George Mason and the framers had in mind when they wrote the 2nd amendment:
Certainly, times have changed. This is not 1776 nor is it 1946. As a man who counts many retired and active law enforcement officers as his friends, and as a former member of Virginia's judiciary, I find it unconscionable to even imagine anything so dramatic and violent as what is depicted in this film happening where I live. Yet our own government has, in recent months and years, celebrated and encouraged this very same type of activity by the citizens of other countries as they have thrown off the yoke of tyranny by the use of armed force. Perhaps we find the possibility of similar events here so remote and objectionable because we recognize American Exceptionalism as a reality - America is different - we don't do things like that here. (Even those on the left, who scoff at and mock the very notion of AE, will either have to concede that fact or, come up with some other fake explanation to save face - most likely the latter if it comes from the enemies of AE in academia.)
Nonetheless, the 2nd amendment, along with the rest of the Bill of Rights, is part of the reason Americans - even to this day - enjoy unprecedented liberty and freedoms. We can thank God and my fellow Virginian, George Mason for that and we should distrust greatly those who would attempt to take away or restrict that inalienable right. Their motives are highly suspect.