Dispatches from gun country: ‘Americans must reserve the right to keep and bear arms’

Steven Seagal, photographed in Phoenix, Arizona, sporting his POF-USA 16” P415 in 7.62 X 39 with a Gen VI ambi-lower, MFT butt stock, Trijicon 1.5X scope, VTAC sling, 30 round ASC magazine and M-Lok rail. (Photo: Ben Philippi)

Steven Seagal is best known for starring in blockbuster films such as Under Siege and Hard to Kill. He’s also an environmentalist, animals rights advocate and a staunch supporter of the Second Amendment.

A lot of people don’t realize that when they talk about the Second Amendment or the Bill of Rights or the Constitution, they don’t go back as far in time as they should.

I like to go back to the founding fathers.

When they talk about the right to keep and bear arms, what they’re really talking about is not that every American should have the right to be armed for fun. Our forefathers saw the history of people and the making and breaking of countries and how important it is to be able to protect rights and freedom, and what it entails to be able to ensure it.

What our founding fathers were really talking about was the fact that we as Americans must reserve the right to keep and bear arms not only to protect ourselves against foreign enemies and terrorists, but also to protect ourselves from our own government, if it were to become so corrupt that our liberties, justice and inalienable rights, were to be threatened.

Read more perspectives on America’s gun culture in Ben Philippi’s book “We The People.”