About the Second Amendment

Larry Pratt writes in News With Views about how he views the Second Amendment. He explains here why this Amendment is so important to the American People, and why DC’s gun ban is unconstitutional.


By Larry Pratt
March 29, 2008


Sic Semper Tyrannis. I read that Latin phrase in the seal of the
stationery the Commonwealth of Virginia issued me shortly after I was sworn in as a member of the General Assembly. It was also on my state-issued business cards identifying me as a member of the House of Delegates. Of course, I knew it was on the state flag, as it is prominently displayed on state-owned cars. However, it was only recently that I have come to understand the powerful imagery on the seal, and its relevance to one of my great passions — the Second Amendment.

Carefully chosen in May 1776 by the newly established Commonwealth of Virginia, these words — Thus Always to Tyrants — still accentuate the state seal’s portrayal of a female figure armed with her long spear and sheathed sword, her triumphant foot resting on the neck of the prostrate body of a male in armor.

Symbolically, the Virginia seal captures the true meaning of the
Second Amendment. The woman — armed with a military weapon of her day and brandishing her sword of authority — personifies “the right of the people to keep and bear arms” to secure a “free State.”

No doubt the dethroned ruler lying underfoot regretted his failure to disarm the lady of her spear, to the “reasonable” end of preserving the public safety. Indeed, had King George III acted more quickly to control the American colonists’ muskets, blunderbusses, and other weapons suitable to resist the English military, there would be no United States of America.

Today, the American people are told that times have changed. The weaponry of warfare is too dangerous to be left in the hands of the people. But the Second Amendment, like the First Amendment, was placed in the Constitution not to be abandoned because government officials have now found it unfit for “the needs of the moment,” as the Oregon Supreme Court warned in 1980.

© 2008 Larry Pratt – All Rights Reserved


Larry Pratt has been Executive Director of Gun Owners of America for 27 years. GOA is a national membership organization of 300,000 Americans dedicated to promoting their second amendment freedom to keep and bear arms.

He published a book, Armed People Victorious, in 1990 and was editor of a book, Safeguarding Liberty: The Constitution & Militias, 1995. His latest book, On the Firing Line: Essays in the Defense of Liberty was published in 2001.

The GOA web site is: gunowners.org. Pratt’s weekly talk show Live Fire is archived there at: www.gunowners.org/radio.htm


~ by swfreedomlover on March 31, 2008.

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