Yesterday, President Biden regrettably tried to argue against perceptions that the 2nd Amendment is also so we can protect ourselves from the government, noting it would be futile since we would never be allowed to buy all the arms the military has. You know, like F-15s and nuclear weapons.
Although I think it disingenuous to claim Biden was threatening to use either against U.S citizens, it was a dopey enough thing to say to warrant a ribbing. 🙂
Please ignore the over-the-top wording of the second article (which I do not approve of)…I just thought the title was funny. 🙂
BTW, I am in agreement with those who believe that the 2nd Amendment includes being able to defend ourselves from governments. Just think about what led to the American Revolution and, if that’s not enough, check out Article 10 in the New Hampshire’s Constitution’s Bill of Rights:
[Art.] 10. [Right of Revolution.] Government being instituted for the common benefit, protection, and security, of the whole community, and not for the private interest or emolument of any one man, family, or class of men; therefore, whenever the ends of government are perverted, and public liberty manifestly endangered, and all other means of redress are ineffectual, the people may, and of right ought to reform the old, or establish a new government. The doctrine of nonresistance against arbitrary power, and oppression, is absurd, slavish, and destructive of the good and happiness of mankind.
June 2, 1784
If you are unfamiliar, New Hampshire was one of the original founding 13 colonies and was the state that caused the U.S. Constitution to be officially ratified (requiring 9 of 13).
Now, I think having things so bad we need to leverage the Right to Revolution a very unlikely situation versus, say, a local sheriff and her/his department being “bad.” However, “public servants” are just as human as the rest of us, so the idea that we would never need enough fire power to at least get them to think twice goes against reality. Also, we are fundamentally no better than the folks that existed when our nation was formed, so the “need” has not gone away.
Personally, I think the first two amendments to the U.S. Constitution are the most important; that every other one is dependent on those two…and, to quote Dave Chappelle, “The First Amendment is first for a reason. Second Amendment is just in case the first one doesn’t work out.”