Glen Wunderlich wrote “Time to Repeal the 2nd Amendment & Ban Guns, How is That Working for You?” for Ammoland, with the goal of discussing the amendment process to the US Constitution. In doing so, he brings to light a more important issue, the rational for owning a particular type or number of firearms.

The rationale for gun owners to own a particular type of firearm or sheer numbers of them is often heard in sentences beginning with the words, “Why do you need…?” It’s a bogus question, it’s irrational, and a non-starter for any sensible discussion about guns. Here’s why.

The psychologist Abraham Maslow developed a theory suggesting humans are motivated to satisfy five basic needs, the first of which relates to issues of survival. While many folks today may focus more on pay and benefits to meet their most basic needs, others see survival in a more literal sense. On June 27, 2005, the Supreme Court ruled, once again, that police have no constitutional duty to protect a person from harm. That duty and its inherent stark reality, therefore, rest on the shoulders of individuals. That’s where the “need” for guns begins for so many of us. What type and how many become no more than personal preference for various situations. The desire to own even more guns goes deeper than that.

It is a natural human condition, one observed by Psychologist Abraham Maslow, for us to want to protect ourselves. It is a matter of basic survival. Who is to say what threatens you, you family, or your friends. Who is say if the government will turn tyrannical, moving away from a limited body of the people for the people, turning to one that rules the people. Hum… maybe that has happened already… another story at a later time.

The bottom line is that the police have no constitutional duty to protect people. There job is to secure a crime scene, investigate, report, and possibly arrest. That is it. When it comes to protecting you and your loved ones, the police are out and you need to set in. You decide what threats are important to you. You decide how to protect yourself. It is still a free country. Exercise your Second Amendment Rights.

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