The Amendments

There are people in our country who state that our founding fathers could never have envisioned “assault rifles,” that they could not have understood the technology of the future when it comes to new firearms.  The only truth in that statement is the part where could “they could never have envisioned.”  I believe what they could never envision is generations of their country not understanding what is true tyranny is, that the country and the grand experiment of a republic would be undermined by the very people that the Constitution protects, a nation in which they fought for freedoms they never had before.

The uneducated believe we live in a democracy when in fact we are a republic.  The difference is that in a democracy, those with power can make you submit to their will as there is no law to hold them back.  In a republic, the law restrains those with power to treat everyone equally.  What gives the republic the power of restraint is the power of the people.  What guarantees the peoples power is the amendments to the Constitution:  freedom of religion, speech and assembly, freedom of self-protection and to bear arms against both criminal and tyrannical behaviors, freedom from unlawful arrest, freedom from unlawful prosecution, freedom to a fair trial.  The list of freedoms we enjoy as Americans are not based upon the whim of the government or the moralistic view of a majority.  It based upon the fact that our founders gave us a constitutional republic, a land of laws that protect the weak from those with power.  No other nation in the world has these protections written into their law.

No, the founders of our country could never has envisioned the moral decay and lawlessness in our country.  However, they DID envision the need for the people to have the right to protect themselves and defend the Constitution.  I take back what I said before.  Our founding fathers did in fact see into the future and envision a time when we would need the protections listed in the amendments to our Constitution.

Vance Ewing spent 22 years in the US Army and eight years as a NATO Counter-IED and Anti-Terrorism Instructor. Vance currently serves as a NRA Counselor and Trainer. Michael Ryen spent eight years in the US Army Reserves and currently serves as a NRA Trainer and recruiter. They are the owners of The Bow and Barrel Sportsmen Center located at 22940 Harlan Lane, Saint Robert, Missouri. www.bowandbarrelsports.com, 573-451-2129

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