The people who wrote the Constitution thought that Americans should have the right to bear arms. They successfully used arms to revolt against the king of England, and they wanted to preserve the right of the people to defend themselves not only against Indians and other dangers of the frontier, but also against their own government.
Modern liberal interpretation that the Second Amendment is only about militias is, to put it bluntly, a lot of bullshit. Justice Scalia spent a lot of effort explaining why it’s bullshit in District of Columbia v. Heller.
There’s also a creative liberal argument that the Second Amendment should only apply to the types of guns available in 1791 (the year of the ratification of the Bill of Rights), which were muzzle-loaded single-shot flintlock guns. But I don’t think so. If the purpose of the Second Amendment was, in part, to allow revolution against oppressive government, then the people should have the same kind of weapons as the government troops.
The problem with the Second Amendment is that the founders had little foresight with respect to what the future would hold for weaponry. They certainly didn’t imagine nuclear bombs, nor did they imagine military aircraft and tanks, and in fact it’s doubtful they even imagined that handheld weapons would be able to shoot dozens of bullets before needing to being reloaded.
And as this is an HBD blog, I also need to point out that they also didn’t imagine that the right to bear arms would be applied to negros.
And I also need to point out that the Bill of Rights was only intended to apply to the federal government. The “incorporation” concept wasn’t invented by the Supreme Court until more than a hundred years later. I’m sure they figured that the states would pass laws to prevent negros and other undesirables from owning guns.
Thus we need to think about whether the Second Amendment makes any sense in the 21st Century. Once again, because this is an HBD blog,I know that most of the arguments of the pro-gun nuts are just as much bullshit as the liberal arguments about the meaninglessness of the Second Amendment. Gun nuts say stuff like “if someone really wants to buy a gun they will be able to, so therefore gun control doesn’t work.” But in fact, the vast majority of violent crimes are committed by people with low IQ and low future-time orientation. They would NOT be able to muster the planning needed to acquire guns in a milieu of tight gun control. Killers with high IQ and who are methodical like James Holmes are a very rare exception. Even Adam Lanza was no James Holmes. Lanza was socially dysfunctional and would not have been capable of obtaining a gun from a hypothetical post-gun-control black market.
It’s really simple common sense that fewer guns would mean less gun violence. Duh!
And no, guns are not like drugs (for which there does exist a thriving black market). Guns are much harder to smuggle, and people are not addicted to them the way they are addicted to drugs. Guns don’t make you feel high. When guns are illegal, then you can’t do anything with them besides shoot someone, and unless done with a high degree of planning to avoid getting caught (which is beyond the ability of most criminals who have low IQ and low future-time orientation), you will most likely end up in jail. So in all likelihood, there will not be a black market for guns the way there is for drugs.
Now let’s talk about the argument that we need guns to have a revolution against the government. The problem with this is that the government has tanks and attack helicopters, and against that firepower your guns are useless. The Palestinian terrorists living in the West Bank and Gaza have guns, and little good it does them against the IDF when they decide to sweep in and neutralize them. Palestinians are only able to kill Israelis by smuggling bombs into the country and blowing themselves up along with the bomb.
Furthermore, the Second Amendment has been a victim of the success of the United States. Since the end of the Civil War 147 years ago (which was a losing fight, by the way), our government has been so stable that today no one can even imagine taking up arms against it. The tiny minority who think about it are dumb proles who bitterly cling to their guns and religion because they aren’t smart enough to succeed in the 21st century economy.