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Yo, Cuomo - 2nd Amendment Isn't About Hunting: It's About Self-Defense

Yo, Cuomo – 2nd Amendment Isn’t About Hunting: It’s About Self-Defense

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Washington DC - -(Ammoland.com)-When Gov. Cuomo argued against guns with magazines that hold 10 rounds on Jan. 9, he tried to justify it by saying, “No one hunts with an assault rifle. No one needs 10 rounds to kill a deer.”

Problem one: He’s wrong in the same way Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) was wrong when he said no one hunts with an AR-15. Tons of people hunt with these kinds of rifles.

Problem two: It isn’t about hunting — never has been, never will be.

The 2nd Amendment wasn’t given to us to protect our right to duck or deer hunt but to defend our lives and our property and to repel tyranny, period.

When the left twists the 2nd Amendment to make it about hunting, they do so to effectively cut all non-hunters out of the equation, which lessens the size of the opposition by lopping off those who own guns for other purposes (self-defense). And this also gives them grounds to limit guns and gun-types based on hunting applications.

However, this is a specious tactic at best, because the 2nd Amendment is not about hunting.

As the Supreme Court said in both their District of Columbia v. Heller and McDonald v. Chicago  decisions, “individual self defense is “the central component‘ of the Second Amendment Right.” (italics in original)

This is not an argument against hunting. It’s just a reminder that that’s not the reason the Founding Fathers wanted us to be armed.

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  • 6 User comments to “Yo, Cuomo – 2nd Amendment Isn’t About Hunting: It’s About Self-Defense”

    1. Positive comments. However, if I can add a few thoughts?
      Well, actually the Second Amendment was intended as a way to stave off Govenment Oppression, and the danger of Foreign Invasion. This is clear from sources like the Federalist Papers. Obviously this requires that the People be armed with weapons comperable to those in current military use.
      The Heller Decision, rather than a victory for the Second Amendment, was a desaster, in that it associated the right of gun ownership just to self-defense, and that, within the home. It also allowed for all regulations, and limitations short of an outright ban. It further specified that the guns allowed should be of the types most commonly owned by most Americans (not ARs, and AKs).
      The Second Amendment was to intended intimidate future Oppressors and their minions. How large will the deterance be when all we are allowed are shotguns, handguns, and hunting rifles,and when those Govenment minions commonly have Machinguns, and armored vehicles?

      You don’t need to be Washington, or Jefferson to see what this all means for liberiy. They must be spinning in their graves. Also, see the Milita Act of 1797, where all able bodied men where required to have a firearm, suitable of military use.
      There was an expression often heard in the Third World, years ago, “Those with the most guns rull the country”. Our Government is estimating that there are around three million so called “Assault Weapons” at large in America. Clearly this is a vast under estimate. The actual number is likely over ten million. Why under estimate? Well, that goes toward saying that those guns are not the kind of guns protected by Heller. Figure, around four million Police, and military, and you realize the current deterance factor against open oppression. Take away the AKs, and ARs, and well,…. You have a real game changer.
      Best Wishes.

    2. Yo, Cuomo – 2nd Amendment Isn’t About Hunting: It’s About Self-Defense | 2nd Amendment Debate on January 11, 2013 at 9:06 AM said:

      [...] via Yo, Cuomo – 2nd Amendment Isn’t About Hunting: It’s About Self-Defense. [...]

    3. When Gov. Cuomo and all those “protected” by armed guards, switch to single shot Derringers or unarms themselves, then we can talk. Most politicians are city folks, nothing wrong with that, they just don’t get hunting or outdoorsmanship and the relationship most people have with their firearms. They figure that because the police can be there relatively quickly that there is no need for a gun. When you live in rural America, the County Sheriff may not be able to respond for quite awhile and defending oneself falls entirely on the homeowner. If your closest neighbor is a good distance away, they won’t hear any screams for help. It’s on you brother, and Cuomo knows nothing about that.

    4. John Smith on January 12, 2013 at 8:56 AM said:

      If all gun owners put as much reverence into the first four words of the 2nd amendment as they do the last four, this would not be an issue.

    5. Triple Lindy on July 5, 2013 at 9:42 PM said:

      John Smith, most of us gun owners know the whole amendment. And most of us are also aware of the Militia Act of 1903. It says, among other things, that the militia consists of every able-bodied man of at least 17 and under 45 years of age who is not a member of the National Guard or Naval Militia. That means, John, that most everybody is in the militia. Maybe even you, although it would not surprise me if you are 13 years old and too fat to be considered able bodied.

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