Relax Ducks: 2nd Amendment Is Not About Hunting You…
Ducks throughout the United States breathed a collective sigh of relief upon learning the Second Amendment to the US’ Constitution has nothing to do with hunting them (by Mrs. Clinton or anyone else).The rest of the animal kingdom joined in the rejoicing, learning they too are not the target (quite literally!) of the Amendment’s guarantee of the right to bear arms. Even some hunters were celebrating, having mis-read the “right to bear arms” as the “right to arm bears”.
In addition to defense by an unorganized armed force (militia) from foreign aggression, the purpose those noble framers of the United States’ Constitution and amendments thereto had in mind with the Second Amendment was, in fact, to keep the power of government (in all it’s forms) in check by denying government a monopoly on weaponry. The best deterrent to an overbearing government, it was thought, is a well-armed populace.
Here’s how the Second Amendment reads:
“A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”
As Joseph Story, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, put it in a book published in 1833,
“The right of the citizens to keep and bear arms has justly been considered, as the palladium of the liberties of a republic; since it offers a strong moral check against the usurpation and arbitrary power of rulers; and will generally, even if these are successful in the first instance, enable the people to resist and triumph over them.”
Nothing about hunting. Or sport shooting. Or ducks…