This is a discussion on What is the most important reason Americans should be armed? within the The Second Amendment & Gun Legislation Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; Originally Posted by shockwave Being "armed" is something that happens between your ears long before you hold a weapon in your hand. It happens long, ...
We want guns...that's all
It's a right that should be exercised
To defend against foreign invasion
To make sure our government stays in line
To defend ourselves and ours
Many more reasons than enumerated.
Primary reason, to protect me and mine. But there are lots of ancillaries there that include the iterated reasons after the first.
It could be worse!
Pretty good selection of choices, but I would add one more: "Because we allow such total airhead losers to assume office in our congress and state legislatures that we need to be ready to defend against idiocy at any given time", or something like that.
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"I, _____, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic;"
Because in a life threatening situation, the police are only one call away.....and 15 minutes.
At this time in our history, I'd say for self-defense against thugs and criminals. At the Founding, it was for an armed citizenry to help defend against a foreign invasion.Although I didn't answer the poll specifically, I'll say the reason is to solidify the 2nd amendment, our nation, and ourselves. Evolving reasons and at this point in history are some of the same reasons the 2nd amendment is under attack by our very own government. The words are plain and simple and lead to no conjecture.The reasons have evolved since the writing of the Bill of Rights. Today I would say protection of self and family.
The best answer is: ALL OF THE ABOVE.
All Americans should own firearms to defend themselves from criminals, foreign invasion and terrorists, to keep the government in line and most importantly to exercise their right that is protected by the 2nd Amendment.
"If you carry a gun, people will call you paranoid. That's ridiculous... If I have a gun, what in the hell do I have to be paranoid for?" [Clint Smith - Thunder Ranch]
I didn't vote, it's ALL of the above and then some.
"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants."
This is reflecting exactly how I feel about this threads question.
There is to my view and mind no "most important" reason nor reasoning that Americans, or any human being anywhere for that matter, should be armed.
What is important is NOT being armed.
What is VERY IMPORTANT is to have and retain the _RIGHT_, as an individual _choice_, to defend ones person, family, residence and ones way of life.
Retention and defense of this basic right of all beings living is what is important, and by history of man US and otherwise...is very often why arms of any and all sort are taken up.
This is no different than the right to speak freely, to vote, or to practice or not practice religion of ones choice.