The 2nd amendment, it is the great equalizer. Along with the 14th amendment, it ensures the equality of all. Love it or hate it, the gun is the sword of the modern era. It allows a man to defend himself and to rebel, even in some small and often misguided ways, but it’s still a voice. The 1st amendment allows a man the right to voice his opinion, no matter how rational or irrational, the 2nd amendment guarantees it.
Now I know my more left wing friends will think this is me pandering to the right wing but this is the idea on which on our nation was founded. See, our Founding Fathers, (if I know them like I think I do) set this in place to ensure that in the case of complete oppression, a man could still command a little attention and perhaps decide his fate. This is not saying that people who have a grudge with the government should go shooting everything or everyone that he disagrees with. What this is saying that without the 2nd amendment, there is no 1st amendment, or 14th or any of the others that both progressives and conservatives put up on a pedestal and lament every time they don’t get what they want. The 2nd amendment protects us against tyranny, whether it be foreign, domestic, corporate or private. It is the nuclear option, the route you never want to go but still good to have as an absolute last resort.
As a nation, we are infatuated with guns, perhaps a little too much. Yet, in the hands of responsible and trained individuals, they are the front line against crime. While I fully respect most members of law enforcement, it takes them minutes to respond to a 911 call, whereas it takes me just seconds to pull and defend myself. This is not vigilantism; this is not “Death Wish” with Charles Bronson or Arnold in some over the top Hollywood flick. This is self reliance as I believe those who founded this country would have wanted. This is not depending on someone else to save your ass in a bad situation.
I know some people say they could never pull the trigger and end the life of another human being. However, in my case when push comes to shove and I have to decide whether I want myself or someone I love to take a dirt nap or if I have to remove another human being to ensure my genetic survival, I will go ahead and unleash 95 grains, all six rounds of them, on target. Sometimes, reason only goes so far. Sometimes, talking and persuasion fail and push finally comes to a hard, lethal shove. While I hope that I will never have to actually do this, being both prepared and trained for this possibility is important. This is you in a possible life or death situation, deciding your fate and using your judgment and training to make a decision that will affect you for the rest of your life. This is responsibility assumed by you as an individual and by no one else. “Do you possess the constitution, the depth of faith, to go as far as needed?”