Dan Thomasson (July 1) has the history and purpose of the Second Amendment exactly wrong. The right to keep and bear arms has always been an individual right.
The Second Amendment’s purpose is not for “hunting” or “sport.” Rather, it protects against government tyranny. (Stephen Halbrook, That Every Man Be Armed: The Evolution of a Constitutional Right.) Listen to some founding fathers:
Thomas Jefferson: “What country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms.”
James Madison: “[The Constitution preserves] the advantage of being armed, which Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation . . . [where] the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.”
George Mason: “To disarm the people — that was the best and most effectual way to enslave them.”
An opposing view: “The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to allow the subject races to possess arms. History shows that all conquerors who have allowed their subject races to carry arms have prepared their downfall by so doing.” That was Adolf Hitler.
Thomasson and other “progressives” want government to disarm you. Don’t let them.