The 2nd Amendment Family: That’s you, and me, and everyone else who believes the right to bear arms is one of the rights that define a nation of free citizens. We are hunters, target shooters, collectors, and anyone who values the right to live in a civil society of self-responsible free individuals.
We are not lobbyists in the legal or formal sense, but we can play an essential part in preserving gun rights. Those whose job it is to ensure that the 2nd Amendment remains the law of the land, such as Alan Gottlieb and the Second Amendment Foundation, need our help. Of course, they need financial help, but more than that, they need us to be visible. There will always be people who are uncomfortable with guns. And others whose fears are so great that they would sacrifice their freedom for the false security of taking away all legal guns. Policymakers must be constantly made aware of the size of the 2nd Amendment Family Erie PA TV news reported that the Saturday after Thanksgiving, 750,000 Pennsylvania hunters took to the fields for white-tail deer season. If even 100,000 of them showed up at our upcoming Town Hall Meetings on Gun Rights Equality, the message sent to Congress would be powerful.
Don’t be an absentee gun owner. You value your concealed carry firearm. You couldn’t get by without your trusted rifle or shotgun for hunting. And many of you love the art and engineering of your gun collection. But when it comes to protecting those rights, you’re absent. Yes, you may give to those who lobby, but your real power is publicly showing your support. With our 2nd Amendment Family Town Hall Meeting in February and the t-shirts we’ve developed for that occasion, you can give critical public support to the effort to preserve your right to keep and bear arms.
Let’s focus on the message that’s at the core of gun rights – the right to defend one’s self from deadly harm. Freedom is a meaningless phrase if it doesn’t include the right to keep and bear arms. This basic right - to own and become proficient in the means to prevent others from doing you harm when your local policemen cannot reach you in time to protect you – is more important to safeguard than ever.
As we work to defend the 2nd Amendment, we need to keep in mind the underlying principles the Founders were seeking to advance — the freedom of citizens to organize and live their lives with as little government interference as possible.
There are constant cries to revise aspects of the Constitution to meet the so-called “changing times.” New technologies are making our lives drastically different, but the basic rights of individuals are universal and inalienable. The right of the individual to defend themselves and their property is no different now than when flintlock rifles were used to defend those rights. And now, as then in defending the right to bear arms, we are also defending the right to free speech, freedom of religion, and free press. We are engaged in that “eternal vigilance” that’s essential to the preservation of any nation of free individuals.
Our PBS series makes that argument. The Town Hall Meetings, which were organized in partnership with Alan Gottlieb and the Second Amendment Foundation, will make clear the important role of the 2nd Amendment in achieving that goal.
Please join us at one of those meetings and encourage your friends and neighbors to watch A More of Less Perfect Union. To receive notifications about broadcast dates and times in your area, sign up here.