Letter: The meaning of the Second Amendment

Farm Forum

The 122nd anniversary of the murder of more than 200 Sioux Indians at Wounded Knee Creek on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota recently passed. These Sioux men, women and children were murdered by the 7th Cavalry, who had orders to confiscate their firearms “for their own safety and protection.” Twenty members of the 7th Cavalry were awarded the Medal of Honor.

Wounded Knee was one of the first federally backed firearm confiscation attempts in U.S. history.

With all the talk of gun control, stop and reflect on the real purpose of the Second Amendment that guarantees we, the people, an inherent right to bear arms for the defense of ourselves, our families, and our property in the face of an invading army or an oppressive government. The much-labored talk of a right for hunting and target shooting is asinine. When the Bill of Rights was drafted, hunting was required for food and target shooting was unheard of. Shot and powder were too precious to waste.

The Second Amendment was written by people who fled tyrannical and oppressive governments in Europe. The Second Amendment refers to the right of all American citizens to be armed in order to defend themselves should such tyranny arise in the U.S.

The recent shootings have given a voice to those who would strip our right to own and possess arms for protection and safety, and would only facilitate the path toward eventual firearm confiscation.

Evil exists all around us, as it always has. The greatest human tragedies with the greatest loss of innocent life has always been at the hands of a tyrannical government. Government always target the so-called “enemies” within their borders, but only after they have disarmed the populace. History clearly supports that fact.

Wounded Knee is an example and why every citizen must resist the attempts to infringe on our right to bear arms, lest tyranny reign over we, the people.

Jon F. Walberg