PRIVATE ARMS AND ARISTOTLE
“No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms”, said Thomas Jefferson, one of the Founding Fathers and authors of the U.S. Constitution, while elucidating the importance of the “right of possessing private arms” by the citizens of United States. “A standing army … would be opposed [by] a militia”, said James Madison while answering the question of why Americans should possess private arms in future. The right to bear private firearms and ammunition is considered as a “Natural Right” of the American people, which is a result of Aristotelian influence on the American foundations. Strong impact was asserted by the Aristotle on the constitution with his great idea of “law of nature” which was the upheld by the constitution. Those “Natural Laws” are pre-determined by the nature according to Aristotle. Founding Fathers frequently used to refer Aristotle and showed a deep acquaintance with his “Politics” as Aristotle enjoyed an authority among them. Wilson, one of the Founding Fathers, wrote;
“Among philosophers, Aristotle deservedly holds the chief place, whether you consider his method of treating subjects, or the acuteness of his distinctions, or the weight of his reasons.”
–Wilson’s treatise, Of the General Principles of Law and Obligation-
“Each citizen should work to earn his own living, should participate in political or legislative affairs, and should bear arms.”
(Translated by Benjamin Jowett)
(Book 4, ch. XIII)
How Aristotle upheld the 2nd Amendment in his entire Philosophy;
(Book 7, ch. IX)
Aristotle, Private arms and Patriotism
Thus there is a significant militia aspect in Aristotelian philosophy of citizenship. According to him militaries duties are a normal part of a citizen’s duties, an assumption which was shared by most Greeks and the Founding Fathers of America. Aristotle himself mentions the military function as one of the most essential function of the polis (Politics VIII, 8, 1328 b 6) a function which must be performed by all the members of the polis, the citizens. This theory of Aristotle was essentially pointing towards the advocacy of second amendment and the right of Americans to possess private firearms and quality ammunition to defend their state.
Sharpening your marksmanship skills with different calibers of ammunition is within the standards of patriotism. Possessing firearms demands the availability of quality ammunition since firearms without ammunition is useless. Calibers like 7.62×39, .223, 5.56×45, 9x19mm and others offered by Ammoright are all your right, since “ammo is your right”. It is a love for our great country that you celebrate the freedom given by your Forefathers thus condemning the arguments of those who think that the Second Amendment is “unnecessary” or “irrelevant” in the modern world. People who think that the Second Amendment is now “outdated” are often poor students of human nature and history. Possessing private firearms and ammunition and having sharp shooting skills would prevent the burglars to break into your house or your state. Guns in America foster a sense of belonging in the concept of nationhood. It is the duty of every man who enjoys the protection of society to be prepared and always willing to defend it.
Aristotle was Against Disarming Citizens
(Book 5, ch X)
Alexander, an Aristotelian Product
(Nicomachean Ethics, III, 6)
Rebuttal of Some Misconceptions Against 2nd Amendment and Guns
In the next Ammoright article we shall explore another unlikely pro-2A philosopher and try to understand how his philosophy had forecasted the principle of possessing private arms as a natural right for American people under the Second Amendment of U.S. Constitution.