Right to arms
TO THE EDITOR: In response to Paul Johnston’s Feb. 16 Letter to the Editor, I could not disagree more that the Second Amendment was not intended to arm Americans against their own government.
The amendment was put in to protect the citizens from a tyrannical federal government who they feared would disarm the people in order to disable the citizen’s militia, enabling a politicized standing army or select militia to rule. This was the anti-federalist view.
With a little research, Mr. Johnston would have found decisions that do not support his position. He could read District of Columbia vs Heller 2008, a decision (1)(b) that references the anti-federalist position; and U.S. vs Cruickshank, where the court stated that the Second Amendment has no other effect than to restrict the powers of national government.
The Federalist Papers #46, James Madison said, while arguing for ratification of the Constitution, that if government overstepped its authority, the people have the right to resist and resort to arms.
“No man shall ever be debarred the use of arms. The strongest reason for the people to retain their right to keep and bear arms is a last resort to protect themselves against tyranny in government.”— Thomas Jefferson
The Safe Act is tyranny in government passed in the middle of the night, against all rules by King Andrew. The last time the citizens took up arms against the government was in 1946 in Athens, Tenn. They were never prosecuted (www.americanheritage.com/content/battle-athens).
No, law-abiding gun owners are not going to run out and take up arms against the government, but the Second Amendment was put into the Constitution by men far smarter than any politicians of this era for just that purpose.
An armed people are a free people.