Conservatives and Liberals toil endlessly in the epic, modern gun debate. Republicans and Libertarians have a tendency to be more for gun rights, whereas Democrats and Progressives have a tendency to be more for gun control.
Gun ownership is actually rooted in Liberal ideology, however.
James Madison, fourth president and drafter of the 2nd Amendment (drafter, not originator of the right to bear arms in itself) is commonly and most accurately described as a practitioner of ‘Liberal Democracy‘.
Under Classical Liberalism, gun ownership is viewed as a civil liberty and a right of the people. In Middle English the word Liberal originates via Old French from Latin liberalis, from liber ‘free (man).’
If we turn the pages of our history books, or simply look at the world around us today, dictators, despots, and authoritarian rulers have systematically sought to disarm populations for the interest of quelling or preventing uprising.
In a logical sense, why would a king or a dictator want you to have a weapon? Why would they afford such a level of power-balance to their subjects? Why would they want you to have any freedom? To willingly and abjectly sacrifice their own power?
Civilian gun ownership, in contrast to totalitarian regimes, is not only a liberal, but a radical idea as well:
” Under no pretext should arms and ammunition be surrendered; any attempt to disarm the workers must be frustrated, by force if necessary.” Karl Marx.
Gun control will continue to be a topic of heated debate in America, likely for years to come. Whether you’re in favor of sensible gun laws, total gun confiscation or total gun liberty is up to you and you have the right to your opinion.
It’s imperative, whatever your stance is, to consider all aspects and arguments and carefully assess which is the most logical conclusion; and remember that the origins of gun rights in America stem from Liberal philosophy.