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About Bearing Arms


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.

Our Founding Fathers recognized a preexisting and unalienable right of self defense, and knew well the inevitably tyrannical nature of governments that came before ours throughout human history. They made explicit their belief in this preexisting right by recording it as the Second Amendment of the United States. The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed, and must be yoked to responsible competence with those arms. The Founders did not believe that mere ownership of arms would keep Americans free unless those arms were mastered.

At Bearing Arms, we believe:

  • in a preexisting, unalienable right of self-defense.
  • that this right includes to the use of contemporary arms, ammunition, and accouterments.
  • that citizens choosing to exercise their right of arms owe a duty to society to master their arms and use them in a judicious and responsible manner.

About the Editor

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Bob Owens is the Editor of

A long-time shooting enthusiast, he began blogging as a North Carolina native in New York at the politics-focused Confederate Yankee in 2004. In 2007 Bob began writing about firearms, gun rights, and crime at Pajamas Media, and added gun and gear reviews for Shooting Illustrated in 2010. He is a volunteer in the Appleseed Project, where he shares stories of our shared American heritage and teaches traditional rifle marksmanship. He can be found on Twitter at bob_owens.

Individual contributor biographies appear at the bottom of every article.