“The government’s us. These officials are elected by you. They are constrained as I am constrained, by a system that our founders put in place.” - Barack Obama
I probably don't agree with Obama on everything around gun control, but he makes a good point here. Certainly the reason for the second amendment was defense against tyranny. But the founders had many other defenses in mind besides that.
Obama picks up on the defense against tyranny that is perhaps more important than the second amendment:
- Democratic elections
- A system that constrains elected officials
Now you know what would be really wacky - if someone tried to make the case that Obama was saying that the government is not democratic - it is concentrated in himself, and that a system that constrains elected officials (like the Constitution) is not important.
That would be nuts!
That would be like taking the quote and then saying the exact opposite of the quote!