Tulsi Gabbard, a former U.S. Representative for Hawaii’s 2nd congressional district and a veteran of the United States Army Reserve, recently had an honest conversation about her opinion on the Second Amendment.

The conversation took place on the Triggered podcast, hosted by Donald Trump Jr. Gabbard who is known for her progressive positions on various issues spoke about her changing views on gun rights.

Tulsi Gabbard’s Perspective On Firearms

Tulsi Gabbard grew up in Hawaii, where strict gun laws influenced her thoughts on firearms. Unlike many people around her, she wasn’t used to guns being common and didn’t have much experience with them.

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Even in the military, she saw strict rules about guns, which made her realize the importance of safety and being responsible with firearms.

Dialogue Changes Gabbard’s Views

However, Gabbard’s views started changing when she talked to constituents and citizens from different states, like New Hampshire and Iowa, during her presidential campaign and afterward. 

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Meeting folks with different gun traditions helped her understand the worries and experiences of American Gun owners better. When Gabbard was in Congress, she initially backed laws for gun safety described as “common sense gun safety laws.” 

Questioning The Intentions Behind Gun Control Measures

But as she spoke with more voters and thought about it more, she began to question whether those laws would truly solve the problems they were meant to address and the real motives behind the law.

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Gabbard realized that some people supported gun control not just for public safety but to undermine the Second Amendment itself. “Once you start peeling back the surface, you understand that for a lot of folks who are using those words (gun control), they don’t have good intentions at all,” she said.

Second Amendment: Government Power Check

She emphasized how important the Second Amendment is to prevent the government from becoming too powerful and oppressive.

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She also talked about how the Founders wanted citizens to have the ability to defend themselves in case the government tried to control them too much. “Our founders intended the second amendment to be a check on the abuse of power by a tyrannical government,” Gabbard said in the interview.

Recent Government Actions Make The Second Amendment Even More Important 

Gabbard stressed how crucial it is to protect our right to have guns, especially considering what’s the recent actions of the Biden administration.

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She also shared that she and her husband own guns. They’ve taken part in events like the Tactical Games, which gave them a better understanding and respect for firearms. Gabbard believes everyone should have the choice to own a gun, recognizing that people see this issue differently.

What Is The Second Amendment 

The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution is part of the Bill of Rights and protects the right of the people to keep and bear arms.

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It was ratified on December 15, 1791, along with the other nine amendments that make up the Bill of Rights. The text of the Second 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.”

Its History In America

The story of the Second Amendment in America is deeply rooted in the nation’s history, shaped by its founding principles, legal developments, and cultural beliefs about owning guns.

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As part of the Bill of Rights, this amendment protects the right of people to have and carry firearms. Its beginnings go back to England’s Bill of Rights in 1689, where Protestants were guaranteed the right to have guns. 

The Role Of Citizen Militias in Early America

This was born out of tensions between the English Crown and dissenters, showing how important owning guns was as a way to stand up against tyranny. In early America, citizen militias were a big deal.

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Local communities relied on them to defend against threats from outside and problems from within. Early Americans valued freedom and thought having guns was a way to protect their individual freedoms. This idea heavily influenced how the Second Amendment was written.

Safeguarding Individual Rights through The Bill Of Rights

During the Revolutionary War, militias played a huge role in winning independence from Britain. The idea that regular citizens could fight for their country reinforced why the right to bear arms was so important.

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After gaining freedom, the Founding Fathers wanted to make sure individual rights were protected. Thus, they added the Bill of Rights and the Second Amendment to the Constitution. Why? To prevent the government from getting too powerful.

Fear Of Government Overreach

The writing of the Second Amendment showed that people were worried about what a big army controlled by the government could do.

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They were afraid that a professional military could be used to take away their rights. This was a big issue listed in the Declaration of Independence against King George III and his use of armies without getting permission from lawmakers.

James Madison’s Vision For The Second Amendment

James Madison, one of the main people behind the Bill of Rights, proposed the Second Amendment to make sure people could have well-regulated militias to prevent tyranny. 

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The idea was to make sure ordinary people still had power over guns. By doing this, they could keep the government in check and have a means of defense in case the government became oppressive. As time went on, how people saw the Second Amendment changed. 

Debate On Second Amendment Rages On

In the 1800s, as America expanded westward, more people carried guns for protection in new areas. During the Civil War, both sides had ordinary people joining the fight, highlighting the importance of militias back then.

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In recent times, debates over gun control have heated up. With frequent mass shootings and increasing gun violence, some push for stricter laws to ensure safety.

Still A Big Part Of America

Some say the Constitution lets them have guns for self-defense and to push back against a government that’s too controlling.

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Even with all the arguing, the Second Amendment is still a big part of America. It’s helped make laws and court decisions and shaped how we view guns in our society, showing how deeply rooted the right to bear arms is in our history and culture.