For law-abiding citizens to protect themselves and their families from the possibility of a future tyrannical government like the one we have now with the Patriot Act. Nazi Germany removed the right to keep and bear arms before they started systematically kicking down doors and hauling people off to the death camps.
The King of England had the same attitude when the colonists declared independence. Everyone was sure that the tiny colonial militia would stand no chance against the huge British army and that the war would be over in no time...Looks like that was a bit of an oversight huh?
So that the masses could stop the government from becoming a dictatorship.
To ensure that the people could defend themselves from the government if neccesary. If the government has all the guns, what are you gonna do when they decide they want what's rightfully yours? Throw shoes at them?
As a safeguard to protect the people from the government if it should become tyrannical
so we don't turn into a dictator led society, and guns don't kill people, its the idot that shoots people and not the guns
Easy question. The people have to be able to resist the central (federal) government.<br />
Notable, the American's so interested in gun control are also interested in expanding federal powers
I heard it was cos they thought we'd need a militia. I think they were afraid another country would try 2 conquer us or something.
Because the second amendment is sacrosanct to the paranoid wingnuts.
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. Second Amendment.
people usually lived alone or in isolated conditions, arms would of been essential for protection from various threats. They make a bellowing example of independence. tho today we all lived crowded with police and stuff
To shoot up we British gentlemen of course... Says the anglo-american.
Just opened up a can of win right there.
For self-protection and to protect one's home and family. We Americans have just gone WAY overboard with the types of guns that people are allowed to own.
To ensure the government does not violate your rights. Kind of like, now!
It avoid tyranny because there were a ton of British Loyalists even after we won Our Independence.
Because guns didn't really kill back then, and it was needed to protect us from ********.
I'm pretty sure that even back then, getting shot killed people...
A "bulletproof vest" in that time was pretty much just a thick vest.