Here’s what a letter printed in The New York Times this morning said:
The Constitution was not written to protect an American’s right to own an arsenal fit for an army.
Excuse me, that’s exactly what it was written for.
Do you remember what happened in April of 1775? Of course you remember the midnight ride of Paul Revere, shouting “The British are coming! The British are coming!” Do you remember what they were coming for? Individual citizens in the village of Concord had caches of arms and ammunition fit for an army, and the British wanted to capture or destroy them. They got some, but enough remained so that not long afterward, two armies faced each other at Bunker Hill. By the end of 1781 the rebel army had overcome the British.
Do you recall the wording of the Second Amendment? “The right to keep and bear arms” was asserted to be “necessary to the security of a free State.” Do you know what was meant by “State”? Not the United States. The United States was just united states, a union of what the Declaration of Independence declared in 1776 to be “Free and Independent States.” Recall also the meaning of “keep and bear arms.” To “bear arms” does not mean merely “carry,” but “make war.” The Second Amendment was meant to defend the independence of the States against a central government.
But by now that’s a hopeless cause. The American Revolution succeeded in part because the British army was based on the other side of an ocean, partly because the people of Britain were divided in support of the war against the colonies, and partly through the aid of France, which was at that time an adversary of Britain. By contrast, the present government of the United States is based right here, has widespread popular support against “militias” and “terrorists,” and has no credible adversaries overseas. No citizen army could stand against it.
The “right to keep and bear arms” no longer has the power it was meant to have. It should be abolished.