As gun owners, we put a lot of stock in what the Constitution, specifically the Bill of Rights, has to say. But yet, that is not the only document that the Founding Fathers wrote that was important. I’m speaking of the Declaration of Independence. The Declaration was one of the most important things ever written and when signed changed the world forever.
Never had a colony broken away from its mother country. It was a game changer and those that signed it were trail blazers. As we look at the signing of the Declaration, perhaps through the fog of time we have lost perspective of what it actually did or says.
This wasn’t some Sunday afternoon folly perpetrating among some old biddies playing bridge. This was an act of war, a declaration of rebellion and a call to arms.
That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
The Right of the People to alter or abolish it. But this isn’t to be taken lightly, so that every time the government says something minor you disagree with you break out the torches and set DC aflame. The Founding Fathers understood that this was a serious undertaking.
But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.
But I ask you, how exactly can one to throw off such a government? Only through the use of Arms. For a a tyrannical government will not yeild to fair and honest elections, and the Peoples freedom of speech ends at the point of a the Governments rifle.
So, in understanding that they were forming a nation by overthrowing tyranny, the Founding Fathers realized that history may have need to repeat itself in the future. And should it come again that:
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
The people would have the means in which to enact such a separation. The Declaration of Independence led directly to the need of enumerating the Right to Keep and Bear Arms in the Bill of Rights.
One cannot be free if one is not able to defend themselves from tyranny.