Former Seattle Police Chief Norm Stamper believe the Second Amendment should be removed from the Bill of Rights and replaced with legislation “that makes sense for today’s world, not the world that existed at the time of the drafting of the Constitution and certainly the Bill of Rights.”
Mr. Stamper’s comment underscores widespread ignorance of the Constitution and its philosophical underpinnings.
At the time of the Constitution’s drafting, it was generally accepted that an individual had a right to protect himself, his family and property. “Among the natural rights of the colonists are these: first, a right to life, secondly to liberty, thirdly to property; together with the right to defend them in the best manner they can,” said Patrick Henry.
The Second Amendment was not created for that purpose or to establish a right to hunt – it was established as a bulwark against government tyranny.
“Americans [have] the right and advantage of being armed — unlike citizens of other countries whose governments are afraid to trust people with arms,” wrote James Madison.
“The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government,” said Thomas Jefferson.
But in today’s domesticated and metrosexualized world, the idea that citizens may have to protect themselves against government tyranny is almost completely lost.