The Right to Keep and Bear Arms Essay
Arms: A Right to Self-Defense
Against Criminals and Despots by Robert Dowlut[*]
If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary.
-- James Madison
A written constitution is a reminder that governments can be unreasonable and unjust. By guaranteeing that "[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," the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution provides the citizens a means of protection against the unjust excesses of government. The Framers placed this guarantee …show more content…
The Constitution does not define the term "arms." The Framers, however, intended the term to extend to those arms that were commonly kept and carried by the people for traditional purposes, such as self-defense, militia service, and killing game. State courts have also protected weapons used for self-defense and in "civilized" warfare. Accordingly, under the concepts of self-defense and civilized warfare, the Second Amendment