The right of self-defense against others or institutions is generally
accepted under natural law as a God given right to preserve our liberty.
The original intent of the Second Amendment is to ensure three basic
principles of defending individual liberty; 1. Self-defense against others
2. Self-defense of the home 3. Provide that every able-bodied American was armed and
willing to defend their liberty against any standing army thus securing
the protection of the citizen from the tyranny of foreign powers,
the Federal government and the States. The Fourteenth Amendment was
enacted after the civil war to reaffirm that the Second Amendment applied
to the States as well. This right can only be invalidated by an amendment
to the Constitution proposed by the Congress or a Constitutional Convention
and ratified by three-quarters of the states.
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