Your ordinary average garden-variety fire extinguisher.
Now, let me ask you a question:
How many times have you actually used a fire extinguisher as it’s intended to be used?
Which is to say, you pulled the pin, pointed it at the base of a fire, swept it back and forth, and put the fire out?
I never have.
I’m guessing most of the people reading this never have, either.
Fires, thankfully, are pretty rare occurrences.
But they do happen sometimes.
Because of the risk of a fire, you see fire extinguishers everywhere.
They’re mandatory, in fact.
If a fire breaks out, and the fire department is minutes away, a fire extinguisher (and someone who knows how to use it) is your best bet.
Most fire extinguishers, thankfully, will never, ever be used. They’ll just sit there in their little holsters on the wall, quietly whiling their time away until they expire and are replaced.
But we keep ’em around just in case there’s ever a fire.
That’s the “point” of fire extinguishers. And I don’t hear anyone questioning it.
So I’m really not sure why people are questioning the “point” of the Second Amendment, even though it’s never been used as intended.
The Second Amendment is tyranny insurance, just like fire extinguishers are fire insurance.
Fires are rare, and so is tyranny—but not that rare.
As Ronald Reagan so sagaciously said, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.”
Should a tyrannical government ever arise on American soil, or a foreign army invade the United States and the US military is stretched thin or annihilated or otherwise hampered in its response to the threat, the Second Amendment exists so that the people of the United States will be armed and ready to defend themselves and their liberty.
Has that ever happened?
But the Second Amendment exists just in case it does. And responsible Americans keep their shooting skills sharp and their guns in good condition and accessible, should the eventuality ever arise.
Just like they keep fire extinguishers in good condition and accessible in case there’s a fire.
Nobody questions the need for fire extinguishers.
Why do they question the need for guns?