What the Second Amendment means to me…

August 30th, 2006  

by Kathryn Stickley

Kathryn Stickley, Age 16

Each and every one of the amendments is vital to our nation’s freedom, but without the power to protect one’s freedom – you may was well not have any freedoms at all. The second amendment is so important because it preserves the individual’s right to keep and bear arms. This enables individuals to protect themselves from any threats. Such threats can include criminals and the government. If the people of this nation are not able to arm themselves from a power hungry government, then our forefathers have fought for no reason.

A constitutionally limited republic can only succeed if the people are able to arm themselves against the government-which bears such large amounts of power. Although it has been argued that the first amendment is the most important-it is clear that individuals must have some form of protection in order to maintain such rights. If our government ever passes legislation allowing the confiscation of such arms then our nation’s people has been robbed and will not be able to exercise such rights as freedom of speech and religion.

The Second Amendment equals freedom in my eyes. Our freedom has been fought for and continues to be fought for each and every day. In order ensure the preservation of our freedoms the people must be armed and ready for whatever situations that may occur.

Without the Second Amendment, America would not be America.

Kathryn Stickley
Age 16

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