The Second Amendment Past and Present
“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.” These words passed by congress on September 25th 1789 is one that is wrought with controversy in today’s society. For me, it’s a right, a right as an American. The Second Amendment is the right to keep and bear arms by the average American citizen. It was ratified as part of the Bill of Rights in 1791.
The supreme court in 2008 affirmed that the right belongs to individuals for defending their homes and as a means of self-defense. Our constitutional founding fathers were extremely concerned with government tyranny and corruption; so, in order to ensure a nation of free citizens; men and women came together and drafted documents ensuring the life liberty and the pursuit of happiness free of tyrannical rule. This fear stemmed from the American Revolutionary War that lasted from 1775 to 1783 where we as a nation fought for our independence from the tyrannical rule of Great Britain.
The British attempted to disarm the Massachusetts militia which led to a British defeat in 1775. 1776 we forced the British out of Boston where we declared our independence and appointed George Washington to command the Continental Army. Noah Webster for whom the “Webster’s” dictionary was named after; who was a firm believer in the ratification of the Constitution, supporter of the American Revolution and who founded the Connecticut Society to abolish slavery in 1791 said:
“Before a standing army can rule the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom in Europe”
The concept is that in order to best take control of citizens you must first take away their means to protect themselves which is their weapons. Today’s society has seen a shift from what it once was where a united group of colonists stood up to a larger force in order to maintain independence and freedom as a nation.
Instead today we see government attempting to regulate and reinterpret set foundations presented in our Constitution in a seeming attempt to control the masses. Now, however, there is the argument that we need to protect our citizens from violent crime enacted by criminals who may make use of a gun. I agree we must do what we can to address this for a safer community however not at the expense of our individual constitutional rights inherent to us.
What I see being required is good care for those suffering with mental illness with well planned and placed programs to help those suffering. I also see the need to ensure strict action for violent crimes. We cannot perpetuate the concept of punishing the equipment because the operator didn’t use it correctly. We need to ensure that we hold everyone accountable for their actions and in ourselves we take responsibility for our own actions. There is a quote attributed to President Ronald Regan that states:
“We must reject the idea that every time a law’s broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.”
The Second Amendment to me is one that as a former active duty soldier I raised my hand to defend. The words uttered were “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic”.
This is important to understand as it not only specifies foreign threats but domestic ones as well and it is an Oath to defend specifically the Constitution of our United States. We cannot and must not change or corrupt any words in our Bill of Rights, we must not make attempts to change, modify, or make laws contrary to our second amendment.
We must not make attempts to eliminate due process. Currently, there are several cities and counties that have made the symbolic gesture of becoming “second amendment sanctuaries” this gesture should not be taken lightly; this gesture symbolizes what makes our country free; protecting our rights as free Americans under the body of our right to bear arms.
This idea, this concept, this document is near and dear to me and should be near and dear to each and everyone of us as it is what makes our nation a free one, it is what makes our nation a successful one, and it is what makes our nation Great.
Commissioner Knight grew up in Brooklyn, New York, he is married to his beautiful wife Maribeth and has 7 children together. He served 4 years as an enlisted soldier before attending Austin Peay State University. Commissioner Knight earned his Bachelor of Science and commissioned as an officer in the United States Army. Continuing service in the Army reserves, Knight has had the distinct opportunity to command two companies. He completed his MBA in 2012 from Grantham University; and has begun the Dissertation process for his PhD in information systems management at Northcentral University. Knight is proud to serve as County Commissioner of district 18 in Montgomery County and serves on the Library Board of Trustees, as well as various County Commission Committees including: the EMS Committee, Jail and Juvenile Committee, Animal Care and Control Committee, and the Investment Committee. He is also a 9/11 survivor.