The Second Amendment is useless
Feeling a little bummed right now so I wrote this rather depressing hit piece on the 2A. Or is it reverse psychology?
The Second Amendment is in place to provide the means and legitimacy of armed rebellion and revolt. Such action must meet a certain ill-defined standard, which is the limiting of essential freedoms by the Federal government. The Declaration of Independence is our guiding document of why armed revolt may be necessary. It could have been written yesterday, changing just a few words and names. The Constitution, however, prohibits armed revolt (Article 3 Section 3 "Treason"), and it was born of the same manner of men who signed the Declaration of Independence. The Constitution is also arguably a more 'official' document of the USA than is the Declaration, issued many years before the USA was formed. While some may argue that an amendment supersedes the original document, this is not quite true here, as the Bill of Rights were a kept promise of inclusion from the time of the original signing.
If the Founding Fathers were to return to us today, they would not recognize this country, and would wonder why we have let it become what it is.
In the history of the USA no group has challenged the Federal government for control through armed revolt. The War Between the States was a military action to sustain the Union more than it was an armed secession. Never was it a revolt.
For what purpose will the People use the Second Amendment; for what purposes would there be widespread confederation? How many of the People must unite before the Federal government crushes the movement? How many of the People must unite before the Federal government cedes? How many of the People have the stomach for domestic battle? How will the People organize? What battle strategy will they utilize? Where will their bases be? How will the People know when it is time to fight, and how will they know it is too late?
For what purpose would an attorney use the Second Amendment as a defense? Would the judiciary, or the People, accept such a defense?
We have a modern professional military within our own borders, the militia will not be fighting any battles on the front lines inside the USA.
We have a Supreme Court Decision (Heller), the Firearm Owner's Protection Act and other principles of law that protect our right to own firearms. No one will be taking our guns.
Perhaps a few revolts along the way would have benefited our nation. They would have kept the Federal government on notice that we are in charge, and kept the People in practice and attuned to the occasional necessity of refreshing out Liberty Tree with Franklin's 'blood of patriots and tyrants'.
I can not today see any scenario when a modern militia movement will stand up to the Federal government. The Second Amendment will never be used, therefore it is useless.