Gun-control activists refuse to acknowledge any argument for individual gun ownership… that utilizes original intent of the Second Amendment. To them, gun ownership is a “cult,” “obsession,” or “fetish.” They either dismiss or disparage the Framers and their motivations.
They absolutely refuse to accept the notion of gun ownership as a safeguard against tyranny…. Americans are so conditioned to the heavy hand of the state, infringements on personal freedoms are acceptable providing the appropriate level of positive liberty coincides with the subtraction. Privileges granted by the state are seen as a universal good.
Americans currently have such a narrow understanding of liberty… indiscriminate sexual behavior, risque literature and music, and unfettered access to marijuana seem to be all recent generations truly seem passionate about. The freedoms protected by the Bill of Rights are lost on them…
Tench Coxe, a Founder few if any millennials would bother reading… explained the need for personal gun ownership- and it was not neo-Freudian mumbo jumbo…
“As civil rulers, not having their duty to the people before them, may attempt to tyrannize, and as the military forces which must be occasionally raised to defend our country, might pervert their power to the injury of their fellow citizens, the people are confirmed by the article in their right to keep and bear their private arms.”
Hamilton was more direct in Federalist #28-
“If the representatives of the people betray their constituents, there is then no recourse left but in the exertion of that original right of self-defense which is paramount to all positive forms of government, and which against the usurpations of the national rulers may be exerted with infinitely better prospect of success than against those of the rulers of an individual State. In a single State, if the persons entrusted with supreme power become usurpers, the different parcels, subdivisions, or districts of which it consists, having no distinct government in each, can take no regular measures for defense. The citizens must rush tumultuously to arms, without concert, without system, without resource; except in their courage and despair.”