Gun control is one of the most talked-about topics in politics today. Many far-left liberals would like to see most or all of the guns in our country confiscated. Others would simply settle for a little more regulation. Either way, I’m of the opinion that we need to tread carefully in order to protect our constitutional rights.

I believe in the right to bear arms. It is one of my fundamental political views, and I even built one of my businesses on the discussion surrounding this controversial amendment. The Second Amendment is one of the most important rights we as Americans are entitled to, and it’s paramount that we protect it.

So, why is our right to bear arms so important?

  1. Protection from Tyranny. The Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms is a civil right. The original purpose for it was to put power in the hands of the citizens to protect themselves from any tyrannical governing body. This is the inalienable right that protects all other rights we as Americans are fortunate enough to have.

The Second Amendment to our Constitution 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.”

It is “necessary to the security of a free state.” Our right to keep and bear arms is vital to protecting and ultimately maintaining the liberty and freedom on which our country was founded. Peaceful protests and petitions aren’t capable of protecting you from an oppressor seeking to overthrow democracy.

  1. Self-Protection. Another element of our freedom is the right to protect ourselves and those that we love. Imagine an intruder forcibly enters your home. They are armed and in a position to hurt or kill you and your family. Because of our constitution, you have the right to protect yourself and your loved ones at any cost.

Even if we allow the government to “take away” all of the guns under the guise of protection, criminals will still find a way to get ahold of them. But without the right to bear arms, you, as a law-abiding citizen, will no longer have the right to legally keep a firearm in your home.

Firearms provide individuals with the ability to protect their families and their possessions in situations where law enforcement might not be available. They create a level playing field in any situation where your safety is threatened by a criminal wielding a weapon. I believe that is an extremely important right that needs to be protected.

  1. Freedom of Leisure. I regularly take my children on hunting trips. These trips are an investment in my family. While hunting together, we log hours of quality time and create memories that will last a lifetime and be recounted to future generations.

While this luxury given to us by the Second Amendment is not nearly as important as the preservation of liberty or the ability to protect ourselves, I consider it a clear example of our country’s freedom. If you love to make memories with your family while using firearms in a responsible manner, you’re free to do so, and that’s truly a beautiful thing.