Yes, The Second Amendment Is Still Relevant
The world is focused on Ukraine right now and the heroic efforts being made there to remain a free, sovereign nation. While the Ukraine military is putting up a valiant battle against a larger and more technically advanced military force, everyday Ukrainian citizens have been called up to fight. There is no fiercer and more determined fighter than one who is defending their own soil.
Just before the Russian invasion, Ukraine’s parliament granted permission for Ukrainians to carry firearms and act in self-defense. It then began distributing assault rifles and ammunition to anyone who would help defend the country. Everyone, from politicians, teachers, businesspeople to mothers and grandmothers have answered the call.
Even prior to this last-possible-moment shift, civilians across the country were joining up with the military and reserves for as much firearms and medical training as they could get to help out. Militias are being formed around the country. Everything from makeshift vehicle barriers to Molotov cocktails are being produced in homes, garages, and businesses. The people themselves are forming the last lines of defense and the first stages of insurgency against a potential occupying army.
The effectiveness of these last-ditch efforts remains to be seen. Waiting until the very last moment to introduce your citizens to firearms and prepare them to fight for their lives is probably not the best course of action, yet it is more common than not. Very few countries engage their entire population in their plan for defense.
Firearms in the hands of the civilian population have proven time and time again to make the difference between freedom and oppression, between unchecked violence and safety, between life and death.
While we’re waiting for the results of what happens in the Ukraine, it doesn’t take too deep of a look into history to see the effectiveness of civilian owned firearms in war torn places like Vietnam or Afghanistan. Likewise in civil disturbances like the 1992 Rooftop Koreans in Los Angeles or the South African business owners in last year’s riots.
In the United States alone, a CDC (Centers for Disease Control) study found civilian defensive use of firearms outnumbered felonious use by a rate of 3 to 1, to the tune of 2.5 to 3 million uses per year. It is critical to note that not all the events involved the discharge of a firearm by the civilian.
The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution spells out the protection for this natural right quite simply.
“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.”
Free nations are praising the Ukrainian citizens and both sides of the US political aisle are applauding their tenacity, resourcefulness, and their willingness to take up arms for their country.
Therein lies the rub.
This same self-reliance and self-organization being praised in Ukraine is frowned upon here at home by gun control zealots who call those who choose to protect themselves and their families as gun nuts or crazy preppers, the result of toxic masculinity and white supremacy, regardless of gender or race.
The United States of America exists today because of citizen soldiers who chose to take up arms to defend their own soil. They owned and used their own firearms and formed their own militias. They carried firearms for self-defense. Not unlike what has gone on for generations all over the world.
More and more law-abiding citizens in the United States are purchasing firearms and getting training. The last two years have seen record numbers of firearm purchases, 40% of which are to first time gun owners. These people are realizing the Second Amendment is still relevant today and that now, more than ever, you are and always will be your own first responder. Your safety and the safety of your family is your responsibility, just like it always has been.
We hope and pray that the tenacity and guts of the Ukrainian people, backed up with sufficient arms from their government and the international community, will keep them a free people.
Meanwhile, let us never lose focus on the fact that we too someday could be in the very same situation as they are. So yes, The Second Amendment is still relevant.
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