In the United States, the 2nd Amendment is here to stay. I couldn’t imagine anyone taking that amendment away any time soon. In fact, it’s hard to to imagine the 2nd Amendment being infringed much either.
The 2nd Amendment reads,
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
Legal scholars have spent a lot of time interpreting exactly what that amendment says and what the US Founding Father’s meant but it’s basically been interpreted to allow people to own firearms.
So how do modern Stoics deal with the issue? I think wisdom would tell them that the 2nd Amendment is here to stay, unless unlikely repealed, and we have a Constitution to follow so we might as well as make the best of the right.
One could argue that Stoicism provides a framework for self-defense. If a home invader tries to take your life (a preferred indifferent), as a matter of justice, you have a right to pull out your AR-15 Rifle and defend your life. Police are a preferred indifferent but sometimes they take a while to get to your house which would be a total dispreferred indifferent.
One particular preferred indifferent is having a country free from government tyranny. The US Federal Government will have a significant greater difficulty disarming people and seizing their property through Martial Law with the 2nd Amendment fully protected and not infringed. Also, the United States would be harder to invade with a well armed citizenry.
The only issue with right to self-defense is it’s not applied fairly throughout the United States. A modern Stoic might think it’s time that the government issues some kind of gun welfare system, where guns are given to impoverished communities at super low prices or for free. Also, the black and hispanic community deserve to protect themselves just as much as the white community and many of our social attitudes have to change. After all, everyone deserves a right to the preferred indifferents, security and life.
A modern Stoic would be free to consider what kind of sensible gun laws might need to be implemented to stop mass shootings. One of the things they might consider is limitations on magazines and clip sizes. We already have a ban on fully automatic weapons, so it might be prudent to ban bump stocks on semi-automatic rifles. Also, criminal and mental background checks should be enforced. Some consideration might also be given to the “gun show loophole.” Also the Center for Disease Control needs to be able to study gun related deaths, so that we know how to better prevent unnecessary deaths from gun-related violence.