The Founding Fathers Weren’t Idiots

One of the most brilliant documents ever written.

In my last post, I outlined why I own an AR-15. Anti-Gun nuts like to make the argument that the Founding Fathers, “never could have imagined highly advanced weapons like the AR-15 assault rifle with it’s 30-round high-capacity magazine clips.” I call shenanigans. In the late 1700’s, repeating arms had already been developed. And more than imagining them, I think the Fathers dreamed about them. If George Washington’s civilians had shown up with AR-15s instead of muskets, he would have whooped and hollered, “Let’s go get ‘em, boys!”

The thing that most people conveniently forget about the Constitution and Bill of Rights, is that it was written just a few years after the authors fought a war. A rag-tag army with little to no training took on the most elite fighting force in the world at that time. And won. Sure, we had some help from the French, but come one, it was the French. How much help could they have really been?

Back to the Founding Fathers. They were not idiots. The Constitution and Bill of Rights are brilliant in their writing. Those two documents spelled out a framework that was specific enough to govern a brand-new nation, yet general enough to adapt to technological advances.

Let’s look at it another way. The revolution was organized primarily through word of mouth and printed handbills. The technological advancement of the printing process made it possible to get the word out faster than ever before. Now, could Ben Franklin have been even more effective with something like, say, the Internet? You bet! Could have have possibly imagined it? I don’t know. But the Fourth Amendment spelling out the citizen’s right to privacy is just as salient now as it was then. Well, except for the fact that activist judges and a bunch of our duly elected representatives have sold our right to privacy to the highest bidder. But that’s another post.

The same people who claim the Second Amendment is no longer valid because AR-15s didn’t exist in 1787 don’t seem to want to also abolish the First Amendment because Facebook didn’t exist either. Go read the Bill of Rights; it’s truly a brilliant work. Moreover, it’s a reminder that the rights listed did not come from Government; these right pre-exist any governmental agency. The Bill of Rights to restrain the people, they restrain the Government, namely the Federal Government.

Again, remember the Founding Fathers had just fought a war to throw off an oppressive government. When the British tried to confiscate privately held firearms, they broke the camel’s back. The Fathers knew that any government, given enough time could become just as tyrannical as the one they cast off. So they reinforced the right of the people to keep the government in check. And it’s worked OK for the last 200+ years.

I could go on, but let’s end with this:

Amendment II

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 first half says that the government needs to be armed to protect the nation, and the second half says that since the government is armed, the people should be, too. It’s really that simple. As you can see, there are no clauses, no weapon systems mentioned, no platform restrictions, no calibers, no types, kinds or specifics. The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. Period. So despite what a bunch of leftist, activist, freedom-hating judges in the Fourth Circus just decided, I have a God-given right to own any gun I want to regardless of whether James Madison knew about it or not. And so do you.

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