I like to think of myself as somewhat of a U.S. Constitution buff. I enjoy reading and learning the origin of this important document as well as the how the subsequent amendments were formed. As far as I understand, the 2nd amendment originated from the need of local villagers to take up arms in a militia to defend against brutal oppressors. One can not overstate the necessity of such an amendment. If the colonial residents were unable to fight off red coats with their personal weapons, our country as we know it would not exist. It’s really that simple.
So, two hundred years later is the 2nd amendment even necessary anymore? The U.S. has an army of all sorts of capabilities and resources to defend against foreign intruders. So the need for farmers with guns is antiquated and unnecessary. Isn’t it?
To answer this question I look to the Cajun Navy. According to their website (cajunnavyrelief.com) the Cajun Navy defines themselves this way: “We are a group of volunteers who work tirelessly without pay (using our own personal equipment) to provide immediate rescue and relief during natural disaster.”
In August, 2017 this group of non-governmental affiliated volunteers saved thousands of people from certain demise when storms brought severe flooding to Houston, Texas. Wait a second...Why would local flood victims need a group of civilian volunteers for help when we have local, state and federal officials to respond? Evidently, the storm came too quick and too powerful for official, government resources to mobilize. Thus, hundreds of average citizens (and heroes) came to the rescue in their personally owned boats to save the day.
Is it possible that in my time of need the government will not be able to save me? Is it possible I would have to rely on neighbors and perfect strangers like the Cajun Navy or a licensed gun owner to help me in an emergency?
Think about that the next time somebody asks you if the second amendment is necessary.
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