Second Amendment Videos & Information
- Charlton Heston - Right to Bear Arms (video).
- The right to keep and bear arms (informational text).
- The 2nd Amendment Explained Video.
Charlton Heston - Right to Bear Arms.
The 2nd Amendment was established as freedom's guarantee. The legendary Charlton Heston (National Rifle Association President 1998-2003) makes this point with unmatched clarity and power. http://www.LibertyPen.com
The right to keep and bear arms is a fundamental right protected in the United States by the Second Amendment of the Bill of Rights in the Constitution of the United States of America and in the state constitutions of 44 states. The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution 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.
The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution was influenced by the English Bill of Rights 1689, which also dealt with personal defence by English subjects.
The 1689 Bill of Rights did not create a new right to have arms but instead rescinded and deplored acts of the deposed Catholic King James II, who, as far as relevant here, forced the disarming of Protestants while extending the right to bear arms to Catholics and Protestant dissenters in addition to upholding prior legislation that limited the ownership of arms to certain social classes. The relevant grievance reads:
By causing several good Subjects being Protestants to be disarmed at the same time when Papists were both Armed and Imployed contrary to Law.
The remedy in the 1689 Bill of Rights reads:
That the Subjects which are Protestants may have Arms for their Defence suitable to their Conditions and as allowed by Law.
The English Bill of Rights established that regulating the right to bear arms was one of the powers of Parliament, and did not belong to the monarch. The 1689 Bill of Rights also restricted the right of the monarch to have a standing army.
Sir William Blackstone wrote in the eighteenth century about the right to have arms being auxiliary to the "natural right of resistance and self-preservation", but conceded that the right was subject to their suitability and allowance by law.
"The fifth and last auxiliary right of the subject, that I shall at present mention, is that of having arms for their defence, suitable to their condition and degree, and such as are allowed by law. Which is also declared by the same statute and is indeed a public allowance, under due restrictions, of the natural right of resistance and self-preservation, when the sanctions of society and laws are found insufficient to restrain the violence of oppression."
The 2nd Amendment Explained.