However, they forget when the Constitution was written and that there is a first half. The full second amendment 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 key word here: Militia. A militia is, according to my American history notes, “a group of civilians trained to fight in case of an emergency.” They brought their own muskets to battle. The Constitution was written in 1787 when the militia was still important and often used, people hunted for food and a living, and Native Americans were a threat. We now have an organized military, and a militia is no longer “necessary to the security of a free
Document E is a part of the Continental Congress in 1775 that discusses how Americans needed to bear arms. It states that Americans deserve to protect their liberty and fight against their enemies fairly. The colonists felt as if they would rather “die freemen, rather than live [like] slaves.” This article states that there is still possibility for peace among Britain and the colonies, but if they do not want peace, than the colonists will want to bear arms, and fight together for freedom, rather than live under British
The first 10 amendments to the Constitution make up the Bill of Rights which was written by James Madison. He wrote The Bill Of Rights in response of calls from several states for greater constitutional protection of individual liberties. The people who signed the declaration made a promise to protect the people from the government. The colonist wanted to keep their rights because they had a fear of a tyrannical government. People believed and were taught that The Bill Of Rights came from the desire to protect the liberties won in the American Revolution.
Not only were the resolutions not acceptable to the other states when they are submitted but they were regarded as military threats. People as well as the federal government believed that the resolutions were foreshadowing civil wars. However, Alexander Hamilton who was then building the army suggested on sending the resolutions to Virginia on the pretext of putting Virginia to the test of resistance. Because of this, Jefferson’s party used the resolutions as the foundation of their beliefs that were then used as the party’s documents in the election held during the 1800s. It also became the most important concept of the Old Republican as these resolutions became the framework that supports the principle of the states’ rights.
Patrick Henry’s Speech may have tipped the scales and started the revolutionary war. The British came into America and had troops stationed all over. The british acted like they were trying to help the British at first but it became clear of their real intentions. Fortunately not all the colonists believed that the british were for them especially after they started taxing the colonist, just to show that the had the power to. The reason that this speech is so important and remembered to this day is because Patrick Henry knows how to persuade people.
March of 1775 was a day of persuasion for steps towards freedom. A former governor of Virginia, Patrick Henry wrote the speech “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” in response to British conflict and wanting to peacefully approach it with a reasonable effort. The British were enforcing more soldiers into the colonies and the Americans wanted their liberty. Henry advocated for the colonist to fight if their circumstances were not met with the British. Being a former governor, Henry had the knowledge of how the government system worked and was a figure who was looked up to in the state of Virginia.
The Olive Branch Petition was sent from the colonists to Great Britain in hopes of achieving peace and relieving the tensions between them put in place prior to the Battle of Lexington and Concord in 1774. Great Britain responded to the petition with a letter referring to the colonists as traitors to their mother country. This response effectively initiated the Revolutionary War for the colonists. Many varying political views stemmed from whether the colonists should embark on a revolution that would move them out of the guidance of Great Britain and that would provide them independence from Great Britain. Some argued that the revolution would be a “conservative” revolution where every thing will remain largely the same, in terms of political
The moment the right to bear arms gets taken away, the government has free reign to take away more rights.The second amendment was not just meant for the people to just own firearms. The second amendment was made so that the people have a right to a militia, and guns, if a tyrannical government took over. The constitution also states “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State...”(US Const. amend.II) The exact reason the second amendment was put in place was to protect the people from the very reason the American Revolution was fought. Taking away guns or controlling them more than they
The constitution was written to secure the rights and protect the people, “We The People,” of the United States as our fore-father, the colonist, have fought and declare their independence from Great Britain on July 4th 1776. Great Britain implemented injustice taxes like the Stamp Act to force the colonist to pay for debts they spent for the French Indian War. The constitution was written as a guide for the government to uphold their oath and to protect the rights of its citizens. However, many American today, 2016, believe that the government are progressively stripping many rights from Americans. The second amendment, the right to bear arms, is slowing being taken away.
One of the founding fathers, James Madison, originally proposed the Second Amendment shortly after the Constitution was officially ratified. He proposed it as a way to provide more power to state militias, which today are considered the National Guard. It was deemed a compromise between Federalists and anti- Federalists. Having just used guns and other arms to ward off the English, the amendment was originally created to give citizens the opportunity to fight back against a tyrannical federal government. People believe that this doesn’t mean anything in today’s standards, they believe the reason this bill was made was to defend and fight against the English.