We have the right to bear arms. The amendment specifically states that the people have the right to keep and bear arms. George Washington once said that the only keepers of the Constitution of the United States were the people. As such, it is necessary that we keep this fundamental right for ourselves and for generations to come. As a member of the National Rifles Association (NRA) and a lifetime member of the Gun Owners of America (GOA), I encourage you to also stand up for your rights as a citizen.
The second amendment states "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that an outright ban by the federal government on home possession of an operable firearm violates the second amendment. Furthermore, early Americans viewed the right to arms as important for 1) deterring undemocratic government; 2) auxiliary to a natural right of self-defense; and 3) maintaining an organized militia system. These are still very practical for today.