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. There has been much discussion over the years as to what this means. So, what do I think it means?
We could write the 2nd amendment this way,
Having and using arms to defend one’s freedom is a necessary action in a free society. In other words, one can’t be guaranteed true freedom without the ability to defend that freedom using whatever means are necessary, including arms.
Because it is a constitutional right, then limiting that right seems to ignore the scope of the amendment. I know the courts have upheld limitations on that right to keep and bear arms. I don’t agree with them! Therefore, I would support a constitutional carry bill for Indiana, allowing us to be the 16th state to pass this type of bill.
Let me address the real issue, evil. There is evil in the world and has been since Cain killed Abel. That account doesn’t tell us the mental state of Cain at the time other than he was angry, anger that stemmed from jealousy and led to evil. That is the human condition, not because of firearms but rather because of evil. We can all do good or evil. Evil is hard to deal with from an emotional perspective, so we want to “do something”! That leads to restrictive legislation that will never remove evil because it is not due to a firearm but rather the human condition.
That is also why I think red flag laws are unnecessary. They lead to humans speculating what another human thought during the application of evil. Only the Creator understands our thoughts so to infringe on our right to privacy, as articulated in the 4th amendment, to protect us from evil is crazy. Again, the intent might be pure, take firearms away from someone with mentally instability, but removing our right to privacy and restricting the right to keep and bear arms isn’t the right means to a better end.
When evil is exercised through use of a firearm, it is easier to blame the firearm rather than the individual. I agree, but that doesn’t make it the right thing to do. What’s the answer? We must minimize evil, which is the root of the problem, not put a band-aid on the symptom by restricting our fundamental right to keep and bear arms!