It is a common statement that “Everyone has the right to keep and bear arms.” But why? Did you know that it is totally wrong to refer to this is the “constitutional right” or a “Second Amendment right.” The right to keep and bear arms is actually part of a broader natural right to self-defense. No government , no document, no legislative vote creates your right to self-defense. You have this right because you are a living breathing human being. It is a God given right. This is such a dominate right, that it was the one our founders claimed to justify their action to break away from England. Powerful.

tucker-close-up1One of America’s first constitutional scholars was St. George Tucker. He has a long history, but one of the more notable events was following the American Revolutionary War, where Tucker supported the gradual emancipation of slaves. But in his early career, just after the formation of the United States, he wrote something amazing about the Second Amendment. In 1803 he called the right to self-defense the “Palladium of Liberty.” He wrote:

The right of self defense is the first law of nature: in most governments it has been the study of rulers to confine this right within the narrowest limits possible. Wherever standing armies are kept up, and the right of the people to keep and bear arms is, under any color or pretext whatsoever, prohibited, liberty, if not already annihilated, is on the brink of destruction. In England, the people have been disarmed, generally, under the specious pretext of preserving the game: a never failing lure to bring over the landed aristocracy to support.”

b9d17cba744960477c849c0f804ff9e8Think about it – guns are banned in England, but that doesn’t mean British people don’t have a natural right to self-defense. They do, but the government violates that write every single day of every week. The British people are unfortunately letting their government get away with it. By the way, one of the initial justifications to ban guns was to “protect wildlife from overhunting.” But back on point, this is where the Second Amendment to the US Constitution comes in.

Our founding fathers understood that their newly found government, in times to come, could eventually do what all governments have done in the past, with no exception. The government would try to confine the people’s right to self-defense within narrow limits that benefited the government over the people.


Our founders insisted on a restriction of power to keep the US government, for all time, from doing just that. Limiting your natural ability to self protection. The Second Amendment doesn’t create a right to keep and bear arms. What it does is prohibit the federal government from violating the natural right you already have in that prohibition is absolute.

Anyone who seeks to infringe on that right to keep and bear arms for self defense is seeking to disarm you. They are trampling on your inalienable Natural Rights. The Palladium of Liberty. And that is the act of someone who wants to control you, not protect you. That is the act of somebody who wants to enslave you. To place you squarely in chains working on the plantation of dependency.

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