This past week, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) authored an article explaining why it is that the 2nd Amendment is so very important to the American people.
His basic thesis is that without a means to defend freedom, there is simply no way that freedom can be safeguarded.
Shorter: without the 2nd Amendment, freedom in America would eventually end.
This is not a new theory that Senator Cruz has developed on his own. The Founders believed this very thing, and it’s the reason that the 2nd Amendment was included in the Bill of Rights. In fact, it’s the reason that it was added directly after the 1st Amendment which safeguards our speech, our religious liberty, and the press. The freedoms laid out in the First Amendment are the foundation for a free society, and the liberty explained in the 2nd Amendment is how we defend those foundational rights.
Here’s Senator Cruz explaining more deeply:
Today, tens of thousands of people are in Dallas for the National Rifle Association’s Annual Meetings. Some voices on the national stage have loudly condemned these men and women, but I’m proud to welcome them to Texas and to thank them for defending our constitutional rights.
When the Supreme Court recognized in District of Columbia vs. Heller that there is an individual right to keep and bear arms protected by the Second Amendment, the justices reaffirmed a concept that had gone unquestioned for most of our nation’s history: a free society exists only if its citizens have the means to defend themselves and their God-given rights.
From the days of the Minutemen mustering to fight redcoats at Lexington and Concord, to civil rights leaders like the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X recognizing the necessity of firearms to protect their families, Americans have recognized that responsible gun ownership is indispensable to the preservation of their liberties.
Knowing that forced disarmament is predictably a first step toward subjugation, Americans have usually responded to such attempts with the resolve of the Texans at the Battle of Gonzales. When told by General Santa Anna to surrender their cannon and guns, they replied: “Come and take it.”
Nevertheless, since the early 1900s, some liberals have been eager to end the Second Amendment altogether. Today, knowing they cannot pursue this goal head-on without Americans rejecting their real agenda, most liberals content themselves by trimming around the edges of the Second Amendment, fiddling with the lengths of barrels, capacities of magazines, open and concealed carry, and more, to inch toward their true goal: the practical elimination of the Second Amendment.
But lately, the mask has slipped. Witness Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens’ recent opinion piece in The New York Times, titled “Repeal the Second Amendment.”