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Gun Control

Ratification & the Founder’s Vision for the Second Amendment

The Founding Fathers ratified the Second Amendment in 1791, ensuring citizens could protect themselves against a potentially tyrannical government.


The Founders wrote the Bill of Rights to protect individual liberties that the British monarchy threatened during their colonial rule. The Second Amendment was ratified in 1791 and writes, “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.” The Amendment ensures that citizens have a means of protecting themselves against a potentially tyrannical federal government.