The 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

The Second Amendment (Amendment II) to the United States Constitution is part of the United States Bill of Rights and protects the right of the people to keep and bear arms from infringement. It was adopted on December 15, 1791, along with the rest of the Bill of Rights. The Second Amendment was based partially on the right to keep and bear arms in English common-law and was influenced by the English Bill of Rights of 1689. This right was described by Sir William Blackstone as an auxiliary right, supporting the natural rights of self-defense, resistance to oppression, and the civic duty to act in concert in defense of the state. Ironically, the British no longer have the right to bear arms.

Specifically, it reads: "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."

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Why Do People Keep Guns in the First Place?

When we think of The 2nd Amendment, people frequently forget the primary purpose our Founding Fathers authored such a right. Their intent is either forgotten or considered unthinkable ... to protect ourselves against an oppressive government. Remember the conditions these patriots had just been fighting against and they never wanted future generations to experience tyranny like that again.

There are nearly as many reasons people have guns as there are people. Here are some of them:

1. Self defense
2. Target shooting
3. Competition
4. Hunting
5. Collecting
6. Protection against tyranny

One expression of competitive target shooting is Cowboy Action. For the uninitiated, here are a few links to videos that will show and books than will tell about all the fun of being a cowboy!

C.A.S. Video Links:

2013 "Winter Range" Cowboy Action Shooting Championship -

Cowboy Action Shooting: "The Old Bang 'n' Clang" -

Getting Started in Cowboy Action Shooting -

Lever Action Rifle