Our Founding Fathers view
Our Founding Fathers are often slandered, portraying them as villains, to discredit their lives, their character and the Constitution of the United States. This is done by many who fear a free people and wish for bigger and stronger government for the people to serve, instead of limited government serving the people!
The Founding Fathers were wary of these kinds of governments and politicians. They designed the Constitution and our government to combat this kind of power grab. Separation of powers and checks and balances were designed into government to check over reaching. The second amendment of the Constitution is one designed for this purpose. Amendment II, 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.
The writers of the Constitution saw the dangers of people in government. The adage “Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” They saw how governments and those comprising them were easily susceptible to the tyrannies of such power and how it then could be inflicted upon the people!
Guns in the hands of the people were one such way to discourage the corrupting influences and the corruption of government. The rabid desire of liberals for gun control and banning guns goes along with their philosophy of the people serving government instead of government serving the people. It’s just one more step in usurping the freedoms of the people and making them serfs to government.
If the purpose of the right to bear arms is keeping government honest, in this day and age it doesn’t mean squirrel guns. It means arms government will fear enough to rule with integrity, forgoing dishonest self-interest and subjugation of the people. It is the infidelity of government toward the people that makes gun ownership, even what are called assault weapons necessary.
Assuming the leaders we choose will stay on the straight and narrow path of honesty and integrity in the great majority of cases would be a false premise. As we witness, even our democratic republic, with a Constitution designed to protect the people, is in danger from the tyranny of tyrants. “Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Many of our politicians have a craving for power evolving to absolute power. Wolves drooling over the idea of feasting on herds of defenseless sheep!