The Second Amendment: Not for Hunting

Phil Jensen


Economist and historian Walter E. Williams gets down to brass tacks on the reason the founders included the Second Amendment in the U.S. Constitution.

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 isn’t for hunting. It isn’t even for self-defense from the criminal element (though this and hunting are both legitimate uses for firearms).  It is to protect the people from the tyranny of their own government. We know that a government has never in human history or in the modern world oppressed its own people, right?

You can learn more about how the founders thought on this issue in Federalist No. 46 and Federalist No. 29.

Rick Kriebel 2016


Liberals (who loathe the freedom enjoyed by average Americans) love to pooh-pooh this possibility, but Williams puts things in their proper perspective: “Are we under any less of a threat from tyranny from Washington than we were in 1787?”

‘Nuff said.


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Bob Ellis has been the owner of media company Dakota Voice, LLC since 2005. He is a 10-year U.S. Air Force veteran, a political reporter and commentator for the past decade, and has been involved in numerous election and public policy campaigns for over 20 years. He was a founding member and board member of the Tea Party groups Citizens for Liberty and the South Dakota Tea Party Alliance. He lives in Rapid City, South Dakota with his wife and two children.
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  • When I hear a politician or talking head mention hunting or sportsmen in the context of the Second Amendment I turn them off immediately-they are clearly constitutional midgets.