What The Second Amendment Means

Posted: May 13, 2013

Does fidelity to the Constitution trump public opinion, or should “mob rule” replace the rule of law? Forty-five senators refused to allow an uninformed or misinformed, emotionally charged, and politically naive alleged majority of citizens to coerce them into trampling on our liberty.

The Second Amendment is the most emphatic in our Bill of Rights, stating explicitly that “the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”

The Second Amendment protects a pre-existing right. It does not grant us that right. It is government’s job to secure our God-given rights, not to pick and choose the ones they will “allow” us to have. America is a republic, not a democracy, largely because our Founders knew that the rights of individuals have to be protected against capricious majority opinions that are often wrong.


Allen G. Lough
Penn Laird


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