A friend of mine requested this article, and I could not be more happy to write on this topic. In many ways, modern culture has rendered obsolete the concept that the militia consists of all male citizens between fifteen and fifty. The need to know how to fight has been relegated to soldiers and policemen–the professionals. However, back in the 18th century and prior, martial skill and some familiarity with weapons was a must for any man who did not wish to become a victim. A man needed to defend his community from all manners of foes, ranging from wild beasts to predatory government officials. While a man in the modern world will not likely have to deal with either of these extremes, it still behooves a man to condition himself through martial training.
The purpose of the Second Amendment has been forgotten by all except the most conservative. Target shooting, hunting, and even personal defense were not on the Founding Father’s minds when they drafted it. Instead, it was intended to enable the average citizen to resist a tyrannical government. Impossible for this to occur in modern-day America? Perhaps, they thought this impossible in Germany, China, Russia, and other places in the 20th century. With our own government taking to itself more and more powers and creating laws which flout Constitutional procedures, can we really be so sure that a tyrant shall not try to place his boot on the necks of freedom-loving Americans in the near future? Thus, one cannot encourage enough the study of that weapon of the free man–the rifle.