The Ten Commandments of The Second Amendment

Ten Commandments of The Second Amendment
Ten Commandments of The Second Amendment
Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership
Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership

USA –  -(  During the founding of America and our republic, the general belief was that religious faith was necessary to the health of a people.

Protestant Christians dominated in an increasing variety of denominations, but Roman Catholics and Jews were present early on thanks to our shores welcoming the persecuted to seek their own havens.  Religious tolerance became a colonial ethic.  (Sadly, Muslims were not yet “building the very fabric of our nation and strengthening the core of our democracy”.)  

The predominant theology of many of the most influential founders was Deistic. This emphasized belief in Divine Providence, the creation of the world by a God who is just and supports just causes in this world, and who metes out justice in an afterlife based on people’s acts in this. They believed, with Benjamin Franklin, that “God governs in the affairs of men.”

Interestingly, they seemed rarely to use explicitly Christian vocabulary.  But they were very comfortable describing the role of God in the world and their polity in Old Testament language.  This framed the relationship of God to man and country in terms that were accepted by all faiths (and should today for all “People of the Book”).  They had no doubt that the founding and independence of America was guided by Providence toward the more perfect union they ultimately accomplished.

Some examples:

John Winthrop:  “If we shall deal falsely with our God in this work we have undertaken . . . we shall be made a story and a by-word through the world.”

William Penn:  “Government seems to me a part of religion itself, a thing sacred in its institution and end. . . [It] is, as such, . . . an emanation of the same Divine Power that is both author and object of pure religion.”  (From Frame of Government of Pennsylvania.)

Rev. John Witherspoon:  “By the influence of their religious government, their people may be the more regular citizens, and the more useful members of society.”

Samuel Adams:  “’True Religion and good Morals are the only solid foundations of public liberty and happiness.”

Benjamin Franklin:  “Morality or Virtue is the End, Faith . . . a Means to obtain that End.”

“If men are so wicked as we see them now with religion, what would they be if without it?”

“The longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see . . . that without his concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel.”

Thomas Jefferson:  “Man was destined for society. His morality therefore was to be formed to this object. He was endowed with a sense of right & wrong merely relative to this.”

James Madison:  “Before any man can be considered as a member of Civil Society, he must be considered as a subject of the Governor of the Universe.”

“The belief in a God All Powerful wise & good, is . . . essential to the moral order of the World and to the happiness of man.”  (From Letter from James Madison to Frederick Beasley.)

John Adams:  “Veneration for the religion of a people who profess and call themselves Christians, and a fixed resolution to consider a decent respect for Christianity among the best recommendations for the public service . . . enable[s] me.”  (From Inaugural Address of John Adams.)

Dr. Benjamin Rush:  “I am as perfectly satisfied that the union of the states, in its form and adoption, is as much the work of divine providence as any of the miracles recorded in the old and new testament were the effects of a divine power.”

George Washington:  “I reiterate . . . my dependence upon Heaven as the source of all public and private blessings . . . the general prevalence of piety . . . seems . . . particularly necessary for advancing and confirming the happiness of our country.”

“”I now make it my earnest prayer that God would have you, and the state over which you preside, in his holy protection, . . . and . . . that he would most graciously be pleased to dispose us all, to do Justice, to love mercy, and to demean ourself with that Charity, humility, and pacific temper of mind, which were the Characteristicks of the Divine Author of our Blessed Religion, and without a humble imitation of whose example in these things, we can never hope to be a happy Nation.”

[Except as noted, all quotes from The Founders’ Faith.  Spellings and grammar are original.]

So, following in the footsteps of far greater and more soundly educated men than us, we offer:

The Ten Commandments of the Second Amendment

I.          I am the Second Amendment; You shall have no other Guides before Me.

II.        You shall not worship false ideas, as that others will protect you.

III.       You shall not take the name of the Second Amendment in vain, claiming to support Me while infringing Me.

IV.      Remember the tradition of American gun ownership, and keep your sacred liberties.

V.       Honor your fathers and mothers, who defended your rights before you.

VI.      You shall not murder, though self-defense is your God-given right.

VII.     You shall be faithful to your firearms, and care for them as for yourself.

VIII.    You shall not steal, or use firearms for any evil purpose.

IX.      You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor, but bear true witness for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms.

X.      You shall not covet your neighbor’s guns, for they have the same Right to Keep and Bear Arms as you.

Buy more yourself—you can’t have too many!


Robert B Young, MD

— DRGO  editor Robert B. Young, MD is a psychiatrist practicing in Pittsford, NY, an associate clinical professor at the University of Rochester School of Medicine, and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

All DRGO articles by Robert B. Young, MD.

Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership, a project of the Second Amendment Foundation.

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Brad Black

I just love the comments on that follow these editorials they always it seems go off into left field and seem to draw the haters to reply. The haters that name themselves like some super hero and who are here to teach us stupid people. You know the ones rest of us need to BELIEVE are especially fun.This started with a somewhat a tongue in cheek 10 commandments. The original being mostly good rules to live by even if some of the rest of the commandments beyond the 10 need some updating. Then the comments went into religion as a… Read more »

Tony W.

Ya’ll quit bickering about who believes what in the bible. If you ‘re a Christian, good, if not, ok, don’t really matter. This ten commandments of gun of guns is a good slap at the anti-gun commies out there. There is one point I’d like clear up for some of you though. The separation church and state. That was put in so prevent the establishment of a national religion, like the Church of England, or adopting an established religion as the state religion, like Islam in many countries. It has NOTHING to do with using a gov. building for a… Read more »




prolly one of the political correctness pansies who thinks they have to say nice things when ever they mention evil Islam or its radicalized brain washed inbred zombie hordeds or rapists and murdering scum bags that make up the majority of Muslims who would kill the “moderate” muslim minority given the chance.

Tony W.

Hi, ok, I don’t care how anyone falls as far as faith and region are concerned. Their dose seem to be a lot of misunderstanding about the separation of church and state. It’s really quite simple, the separation of church and state is that the federal government, may not establish a state religion. Such as the Church of England, for example. Or adopt any established religion as a state religion, such Islam in Muslim countries. The founders believed in the right to pray as one would, or not if chosen. It has nothing to do with a church group meeting,… Read more »

Shannon Davis

Dolthunder. I don’t know what your problem is with God. But I suggest you take it up with Him. You say you can’t feel pain after you die. I hope your right for sake.


I like ruse of the Castro government to schoolchildren:

“Pray to God to give you free ice cream.”

Children pray. Nothing happens.

“Now pray to Castro for free ice cream.”

As children pray the lackeys hand out free ice cream. When the children open their eyes they have proof Castro is more powerful than God.


@ Gil lol nice one. the real problem is the brain washing all religions impose on the young before they can grasp logic and reason as a result their beliefs are hardwired in as if they are so true they cant be challenged no matter how false and ridiculous they are. You can see it with the “creation *cough* science” where all they can do is lie and repeat the same “because god” nonsense when they get proven wrong time and time again. even their so called uber prophet Kent Hovind ended up in prison for tax evasion by not… Read more »


God is the King of kings. He rules over all men. So our founders got it right . It’s the men of today who have gotten it wrong. With that said lock and load . Joyous Thanksgiving to all. Hopefully everyone has an attitude of gratitude.

Wild Bill

I think that we should let gil and dolt (who picked his own name well) have it their own way. In that brief conscienceness after death and just before hell, the truth will come to them. In the mean time, I am obligated to pray that they may come to God and his son Jesus.


your false god who only cares about Israelites according to your own book not to mention had to be re-written even tho your book both old and new testament claim god is unchanging so the old testament still is the book you must go by and the new testament is illegal in your gods eyes. hell does not exist and cant exist after death we no longer have the ability to feel pain from fire so it is poorly thought out. if your god was real he would give every person alive the same message in a way they can… Read more »

Tony W.

This a very good item, I’m going to copy and put al over town. Thank you.

jACK t.



technically he is correct to some degree although it wasnt called sharia law not sure it had a name. But look at the dark ages when the church was the government and enforced biblical laws. if you spoke out against the christian church you got stoned, if you committed adultery you got stoned, if you raped a women who was promised or married and she did not cry out both stoned if she cried out and was heard then only rapist stoned, if she is unpromised and not married he had to buy her from her father and marry her… Read more »


dolthunder I can’t let this go by without commenting. Where the H*!! do you get your slanted opinion on the Bible. This is the worst I have ever heard. If you have the ability to actually read the good book then I suggest you do so. If not get someone to teach you what it means. You are beyond belief, but God would forgive you and take you into his arms if you could see it in your attitude to get it right. This nation is based on Christian values! Gil, there is no hope for you and I shouldn’t… Read more »


it is called fact do your research and stop being a bias cherry picking brain washed zombie.

your god and all man made gods are evil and their books are proof.


Are we raising government to the level of religion? I don’t think I need a Ten Commandments for any government document even the bill of rights since it merely enumerated the rights granted by natures God and basic human rights. The government has no authority to infringe on those right so when it does it is done illegitimately and without the consent of the governed. That is the danger with any government, the seizure of power not distributed it but grabbed by those with ( maybe ) good intentions but ignorant of the consequences of their actions. We need to… Read more »

Shannon Davis

I don’t think this is cute or funny. The Ten Commandments are a sacred set of laws for Christians to live by. I am a strong, solid 2A supporter. I believe fundamentally in the right to keep and bear arms. Find some other way to make your point. This is blasphemist. I have fought and will continue to fight for our God given right to keeps and bear arms. I am also a Christian and have fought and will continue to fight for our Christian faith. This is wrong on so many levels.


the ten commandments are a joke i mean for real read them some time but consider them having been written by the government pertaining to the president, then you will see that the first 4 alone are complete bull shit ego stroking enslavement to the church. since the first 4 are pretty much all about stroking god’s ego and only his ego. that means that 99.99% of the human race needs to die for breaking the 4th commandment by working or playing on the Sabbath for which punishment was death by stoning. if god was real and actually cared he… Read more »


Funny how rape isn’t a one of the Ten? Or funny that rape isn’t really a crime in the Bible depending on the circumstance. But death to those who work on the Sabbath. God’s a funny character.


it is also funny how you can commit any crime child rape, murder, sodomy, even sodomy rape, slaughter children and so on but still get to go to heaven with christanity so hitler is up in heaven since he was a christian (roman-catholic which is christanity like it or not). So all the pedophiles and murders in prison who accept jesus and god get to go to heaven. But if you choose not to believe in him because the only evidence is a bunch of outlandish fairy tales written by primitive savages thousands of years ago you have to burn… Read more »

Shannon Davis

What? You just went way out in left field. I agree with the others. You lost me.


you really should read the bible Shannon Davis in most cases if a women was raped she was stoned along with the rapist unless some one heard her cry out for help. if she was not married or promised the rapist would be forced to buy her from her father for 50 shekels. the 10 commandments have nothing about rape the first 4 are about stroking gods ego for crying out loud. not to mention if you accept god and jesus before death you get into heaven no matter what you did that means even Hitler since he was roman-catholic… Read more »

Shannon Davis

Wo! First of all I have read the Bible. Second, what did anything I said have to do with religion and government? Third the parts of the Bible you are referring to are in The Old Testiment. You are picking and choosing “parts of the Bible” to make your arguement and twisting Gods words to fit your specific agaenda. I am truly sorry you don’t know God. You are missing out. Now, I’m not going to get into a long discussion about catholic v Christianity. Technically roman-catholic does fall under the Christian umbrella. However, it does not commingle with the… Read more »

Shannon Davis

Picking up the Bible and reading it is not like picking up the latest Newyork Times best seller. The word of God is revealed to those whom seek His face.

Wild Bill

dolt Oh, so now you know Hitler? Hitler was not a Christian of any kind. He believed in himself, and tried to replace Christianity with himself. Shannon is correct, and you are merely a deceiver, a poor one at that.


nice try but Hitler was a Roman-Catholic which is christianity you can cry and whine and lie all you want that catholics are not christians when they in fact are weather you like it or not. every religion has it skeletons dont like it dont preech it and keep your worship in private.


@Shannon Davis if you have read the evil bible as you claim you cherry picked the every living shit out of it and pretended the rest dont exist. the christian bible has everything to do with religion and government before secular law separated it from the government the christian church ruled much like Islam does with shariah law and it was just as brutal. just because you dont want to admit to the f*cked parts of your book or the history of your religion does not mean they dont exist.

your god is evil deal with it.

Shannon Davis


You are right! He is my God and Christianity is MY faith. Just like Donald Trump is MY president! And he is going to make sure this country that was based on Christian principles acknowledges that we are a Christian nation. Although, I do have to correct you on one statement. It’s not my book. It’s His book! To be honest I really feel sorry for you. You can spout all that anti-region rhetoric all you want. One day you will face God and His judgement.

Shannon Davis


I have to give you credit on the name you picked. GOOF JOB!

Full Definition of dolt
: a stupid person

A stupid hunter! Haha!


now your just being childish and proving my point that you are one of the dolts that i hunt. Maybe you need reading lessons the name is Dolthunter not dolt. Dolthunter: one who hunts dolts in most cases religious nutters who cant let go of primitive fairy tales as if they where real. Also a hunter of dolts who still think the earth is flat and resides on pillars with a dome over it. people like you are why all religion needs to be relegated to the fiction section next to its predecessors Greek, Norse, Roman, and Egyptian mythology. you… Read more »

Shannon Davis

dolthunter I’m tired of arguing with you. Like I said one day you will face His wrath and you will be judged. He has a special place in hell for people like you. All jokes aside your literally playing Russian rulet. It your life buddy. Yours to waste if that’s what you want to do. I will pray for you. I will pray that you come to know God and all His glory before you die. Hopefully you are not to far gone to save your soul. It’s up to you. God is unchanging and He will always be there… Read more »


@ Shannon Davis you dont wanna argue because you know you are wrong and have already lost but cant let go of your addiction to blind faith in total bull sh*t. you are still very ignorant your genocidal psycopath sky daddy does not exist. you do know christianity is nothing but a twisted version of Judaism and that is just a different version of some other religion ever since we learned how to think and communicate we invented gods none of which are real so i have nothing to worry about. Specially since no higher power would have any practical… Read more »


Seems to be slightly Blasphemous, to change the Word of God to your agenda.


blasphemy was made up by the church so they could write in laws to execute people who asked questions or said things they didnt like. all religion is horse shit made up fairy tales by primitive savages.

if god was real there would be no religion just private personal faith that each follows in private and is forbidden to speak about and the words from god would be the same to each person. they would also actually be moral rather then the immoral trash the bible and other books have in them.


The 10 commandments were and still are a framework for moral law from which all other current law is derived. Those that would seek to discard the 10 commandments are trying to uncouple morality from legal statute which effectively sets society adrift with no right or wrong except as flawed humanity makes it up as we go along. This list is just one example of that. If it were at least funny it might be acceptable. This is just silly.


Half of the Decalogue have nothing to do with morals.


actually social values are the framework of moral law the USA was founded on secular law there is a reason for separation of church and state. religion is immoral sure there are a few decent morals with in various religions but most of them are very immoral which is why we have secular law because human empathy creates values that are far superior to religious values.


Yeah right. Just because some folks were Christians back in the day Christians think they have the right to impose Christian Sharia law today. Christians have always been seething that the 1A had “freedom of religion” instead of “freedom of Christian denominations.”


You’re either an uninformed dope smoking moron or a shill or a tool for gun grabbers and communists.

There is no threat from “Christian Sharia law” you pinhead.

Its ISLAM AND MARXISM that are America’s enemy.

And in your case, STUPIDISM.


Because imposing Christian rule liberates people?


No but there has to be a standard set for morality. Christianity does not impose upon your free will. You are free to do whatever you want within the confines of the law. The law, in case you missed this little tidbit of information, was based on the principals of Christianity. There is no such thing as Christian Shiria. Go have a beer and relax.


if you take your morality standards from any religion then you are a sick bastard and need a nice rubber room with lots of Thorazine. all religions are very immoral sure they may have a few decent morals but the majority is immoral by today’s standards. we have secular law and its far better then biblical law ever was unless you like getting stoned for stupid shit.


actually USA’s laws are based on secular values because most of christian values are down right immoral and hel.


you do know christianity and all religion is a very bad example to use for a standard of morality. That is why the USA was founded on secular values and laws.

Wild Bill

Gil seems to imply that he has known all Christians all the time *…back in the day…” and Christians have always…” What a preposterous basis for a debate. Gil is unworthy of our precious time.


You are unworthy of my precious time. OOPS… forgot that arguing with fools is worthless.

Wild Bill

, That is funny! I have not been called a fool since my drill sergeant was teaching me D&C from 22-5.


I simply noted just because some Founders were Christian didn’t mean they wanted Christian rule over the new nation. Freedom of religion was instituted very early hence they wanted people of different religions to co-exist and by extension means Christian weren’t the natural rulers.

Wild Bill

@Gil I don’t think that either of these are true. You were not simply noting. You were aggressively spreading misinformation. And our founding fathers, although aware of Judaism and paganism, would have been horrified at any other religion challenging Christianity in America, at that time.


The Founders put freedom of religion to prevent religious believers using force of government to make believers of everyone else. The Founders could have left out freedom of religion and let the dominant religion rule the new nation but the Founders were good people.

David Ericksom

the fore fathers realized any religion held the potential to be a threat to a free society as well as the government itself and that only and armed populace could prevent that ergo tho Its a god given right it is still only guaranteed by your freedom give up your freedoms you give up your rights does the phrase give me freedom or give me death remind you of any thing king George wanted us to be disarmed too


if they would have been horrified they would have left freedom of religion out and jailed all non christians. They knew biblical law and morals where outdated and human empathy has discovered far superior values. They also came to realize that they can not prove their religion was correct any more then any one else can prove theirs to be correct. we can claim wizards are real by using the harry potter books for the same effect. they went with secular values because they are better the biblical ones.


Don”t get your tit inn a wringer! Just because way back in the 12th & 13th centuries some Christians did things that were bad, doesn’t mean that all christians today are bad. Nothing in the Christian doctrine is bad. Mankind , forgeting Christian ideals, sometimes becomes twisted. To think otherwise is like saying everyone who voted democratic is a bad person! Most of you before my comment have some deep thinking to do, above the level of a 5 year old.


@titusduck no one said all christians are bad just that the ideology is far from innocent of evil and once was as bad as islam.

Red Steiner

What meds are you on Joe? Are you an Obama led Dim? His comment was a play on words. Take your prozac and lie down. It will be alright. We will soon have a real President in the White House.


That’s part of my problem with Trunp getting elected; the Christian right’s delusions of being the establishment will be reinforced.

Wild Bill

, It is true, more people are rejecting the burden of Christianity so that they will be free to screw over their fellow man without consequence. It is all part of the me me me generation.

David Ericksom

Irregardless of any religious context you should have an innate knowledge of right and wrong your opinion of whats right doesn’t make it so nor does it give you the right to impress it on anyone if you don’t understand the humanity of right and wrong your morality will let you be as inhumane as you want but it wouldn’t make you right in any humane context Athiest liberal or anti gun nut, what ever you are can you understand that.

david erickson

Sharia is Muslim law bonehead no Christian would believe in it nor justify it in a free country


My parents didn’t defend the right; they didn’t think hard about it and wanted to side with the establishment. I know I’m not the only one, how did the so called Firearm Owners Protection Act and the AWB happen? The good old days are now.