Firstly, the 2nd amendment wasn’t adopted so that people would have guns to use to rise up against the federal government. If it were, it would have simply read, “The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”

But it didn’t follow that format of the First and Fourth Amendments because the founders didn’t believe that (i) owning guns was a basic right of a free people nor that (ii) people needed guns to be able to rebel against the government.

If you read Federalist Paper 29, On Militias, you will see that state-run militias were intended to be an alternative to a standing army and were specifically promoted so that the Federal gov’t could call them up in the case of invasion or insurrection — Art. 1, Sec. 8, paragraph 16.

The actual purpose of the armed, state-run militia as mentioned in the 2nd Amendment was to provide armed citizens to put down insurrections against the Federal government, not to facilitate armed insurrection against the federal government.

This whole notion, and I do mean notion, that the purpose of the 2nd Amendment was to provide citizens with weapons they could use to overthrow the federal government is a modern invention of semi-anarchists who hate and fear government.

Madison never intended the 2nd Amendment for that purpose as indicated not only in the Federalist Papers but also by the fact that he specifically qualified the 2nd Amendment as being only for the purpose of maintaining a strong, state-operated militia.

Until recently nobody was seriously claiming that the 2nd Amendment was enacted so that citizens would have guns they could use to rebel against the federal government. That’s a recent, made-up claim. That’s why you want guns. It’s not why the Founders enacted the 2nd Amendment.

Let’s be clear, as long as people get to vote and they get to resort to the courts about laws they don’t like, they have NO right to use firearms to resist the government. Period.

The idea that we all should have guns so that we can mount an armed rebellion against an elected government if we don’t like the laws it passes or we don’t like the court’s decisions upholding those laws is the foundation of the terrorist ideology and in the USA it is a fantasy straight out of The Turner Diaries.

The idea that after 225 years or so of democratic government that it we need to be armed with military weapons because we need to be ready to rise up in an armed insurrection against the federal government, the ridiculous fantasy that we’re in real danger of Congress being shut down and the courthouses being closed, to say the very least displays a colossal level of irrational paranoia and a massive lack of any measurable amount of common sense.

— David Grace

Graduate of Stanford University & U.C. Berkeley Law School. Author of 17 novels and over 200 Medium columns on Economics, Politics, Law, Humor & Satire.

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