By: Aedan Sara O’Connor
Taking the bus from Toronto to New York City, I wore one of my favourite shirts, a grey t-shirt bearing the words “Second Amendment- Freedom” with a picture of two guns. I received many glares, until I crossed the border to Buffalo and I mainly got smiles. Canadians and Americans have fundamentally different ideas when it comes to guns. To Canadians, especially those in large cities, they’re scary and for hicks and hosers.
To Americans, guns are fundamental to liberty and freedom. Why are they so important? The most commonly given reason is for self defense. A woman walking home alone can easily be victimized by a large man unless she has an equalizer. A gun is the equalizer. If someone invades your home at night, the police may not get there in time. A gun can be the defense against the intruder. This is probably the most palatable reason to apolitical voters and moderates. The real impetus behind the Second Amendment to the Constitution was, however, completely different. It 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.”
Guns were a means of resistance against tyrannical governments. In 2015, then presidential candidate Ben Carson landed in hot water for asserting that the Holocaust could have been greatly diminished if Jews had guns. While we cannot make assertions based on speculation it is a not unreasonable conclusion.
Tyrannical governments, be they fascist or communist always begin by disarming the populace. By enshrining the Second Amendment, it acts as a check on the power of government. Many conservatives worry that a bad Supreme Court decision could mean the end of the Second Amendment.
In the eloquent words of founding father Thomas Jefferson, “When the government fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.”
I however, have greater faith in the American people. We love liberty and we love our guns, and I firmly believe that if the government were to come for our guns, a war would break out. I firmly believe that the Second Amendment is our strongest check on the government and best prevention of tyranny.
Aedan Sara O’Connor is the founder and CEO of Dame Right. While she is an American patriot, she was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. An avid political junkie and nerd, she created Dame Right when she saw a void to be filled in feminine conservative media. Her previous work has been featured in Daily Wire, The National Post, Rebel Media, Toronto Sun and Jerusalem Post.Aedan Sara O’Connor is the founder and CEO of Dame Right. While she is an American patriot, she was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. An avid political junkie and nerd, she created Dame Right when she saw a void to be filled in feminine conservative media. Her previous work has been featured in Daily Wire, The National Post, Rebel Media, Toronto Sun and Jerusalem Post.