The Psychobiology of the Second Amendment

When working with clients who are experiencing post-traumatic anxiety, I tell them to thank and bless their brain for doing its most important job of remembering danger. I explain that the first purpose of a healthy brain is to preserve life, which is why the brain takes as job #1 to remember trauma. I urge them to thank the brain for recognizing and remembering danger to create a grateful acceptance between the reasoning center and emotionally reactive functions of the brain.

A false philosophical dichotomy has developed that the prefrontal cortex, which is especially developed in humans and associated with executive functioning such as reasoning, planning and abstract thought, is the higher part of the brain while the limbic system, which enables fear, aggression, love, long-term memory and the fight-or-flight response, is the lower part of the brain. This is an oversimplification. For example, the prefrontal functions often keep very low company. Even very able reasoning centers can be conditioned to rationalize immoral, or even monstrous, behavior as the Planned Parenthood videos are reminding us.

On the other hand, the limbic system's automatic response to danger enables behaviors which are termed heroism. The capacity to feel fear and react aggressively is essential for survival, protection, and loyalty. A long and happy life results from choices based on a fluent and mutually respectful conversation between the executive functions of abstract reasoning and the emotional portions of the brain that enable fear. The happiness and survival of the American constitutional republic also depends on a sufficient number of such balanced brains willing to protect and preserve the nation.

The United States was founded on the belief that God grants human beings an ineffable, unalienable right to try to live happy and free. The amendments to the Constitution are attempts to reconcile that immutable gift and to enable people to make the most of it through man's law. The amendments are the work product of top-flight American prefrontal lobes. Just understanding them requires pretty good working grey matter behind one's forehead. The amendments start with enabling the premier neocortex skills such as the free exercise of religion, and freedom of speech. Then comes a passel of legal rights pertaining to judicial proceedings. There is the right to live free of the legal conditions of slavery or involuntary servitude, and a good two dozen legalisms about citizenship, voting, taxation, and the presidency.

There are rights about unenumerated rights. You don't have the right to manufacture alcohol -- hold on, on second thought you do have the right to be in the booze business. But of the twenty-seven amendments to the Constitution, one doesn't ring as legalistic as the others. One reads not only as a right but as a personal responsibility. Only one amendment is starkly based in the brain's healthy conversation between the ideal of freedom and the fear of the ever-present threat of violence, and that is the Second Amendment. The Second Amendment alone says you have the right to take your own survival into your own hands. You have the right to live armed so as not be killed forthwith by evildoers in the world and to preserve freedom for posterity.

Brilliant brains wrote the Second Amendment. It resulted from a theory of freedom, conditioned in their prefrontal cortexes, by the ideals of a recently reformed and modernized religion conversing with the limbic memory of death from Redcoat rifles. Those intracranial conversations between justice and fear resulted in an unbridgeable right to bear arms.

Quite a few things have changed since 1789. The American people have submitted to government control of their thoughts, words, and deeds in ways unimaginable to the revolutionary generation. Underwritten by scientific and technological advances and a relative dearth of war on American soil, government totalitarians have done what they could to neutralize the healthy intracranial conversation in American brains between life-saving fear and law. The political enslavement of the American people depends upon their being convinced that personal firearms can no longer help to keep them safe or free.

A widely drugged and electronically distracted populace is being brainwashed into believing that their enemies are not evildoers, like criminals or terrorists, that can be stopped by bullets. They are fed dopey ideas that their worst enemies are abstractions like racism, or mythology like climate change. To a great extent, government lies and bribes have conquered the American spirit and the USA, like many other countries, has become a constitutional republic in name only. For example, if Americans had not been brought to shirk the duty of being a standing militia, the invasion of America by millions of illegal aliens would not have been possible. 

Yes, a lot of things have changed since 1789, but the human brain isn't one of them. We are watching a devastating campaign against our Constitutional freedoms. But the right and the will to bear arms seems to be standing firm. Today, the president is ramrodding a treaty, mislabeled an “agreement”, to enrich Iranian bank accounts and isotopes, even though Iran is a committed enemy of our nation. The federal government sued Arizona for that state's attempt to protect its own borders from invasion, and a woman is locked in jail in Kentucky for not renouncing her Christianity.

But the American people are not listening to the government and disarming themselves. On the contrary. It is clear that the one change the government cannot effect is to convince people they don't need to protect themselves with guns. Whether left-wing elites who believe the benefits of armed protection should be reserved for them alone, or the main street majority, who are swiftly acquiring arms, it will not be possible for a turncoat and treacherous government to overcome the brain's job one to remember danger.

The American people will not be disarmed. Bless and thank your brain for that.