“Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect every one who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined.” ~Patrick Henry
Throughout history, totalitarian regimes first disarm the citizens, then they enforce allegiance through social controls and indoctrination, while systematically targeting their opponents and traditional institutions (church and family) with the aim of silencing them. That’s why the first and second amendments of the U.S. Constitution are so important. Any authoritarian government begins with censoring free speech and taking away the ability of citizens to defend themselves.
As a policy, it stands directly in the way of personal liberty. To those referencing nations such as Japan and Australia as working models for regulating firearms, I reference Stalin’s USSR, Hitler’s Germany, and Kim’s North Korea.
Perhaps the most notorious and ruthless regimes in the history of the civilized world all implemented policies of strict gun control. These regimes’ citizens endured through essentially no freedom at all. The second amendment talks about security, and one can infer the meaning of it simply by breaking the rhetoric down.
The first half of the amendment states that “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State….” In today’s English, the term “well regulated” probably implies heavy and intense government regulation. However, that conclusion is erroneous.
The term meant only what is stated, that the necessary militia be well regulated, but not from the federal government. The second half of the amendment is much clearer. “…the right to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”
The overriding purpose of the Framers in guaranteeing the right of the people to keep and bear arms was as a check on the standing army, which the Constitution gave the Congress the power to “raise and support.” Remember, if the government disarms the citizenry, the citizenry will not and cannot defend itself from the government.
Smaller government = freer citizens.