A Message from Michael Lynch
What is the 2nd Amendment Unity Symbol?
The 2nd Amendment Unity Symbol is a graphic representation of a common bond
between people, businesses, and groups committed to maintaining our freedoms
granted in the 2nd Amendment to the US Constitution. It is offered freely to
be displayed on letterheads, web pages, brochures, signs and posters to let
others know they are fighting for a common goal. I have authored the
following mission statement that should be conveyed to all with interest in
displaying this symbol:
In an effort to foster a commitment to support
and defend the 2nd Amendment of the U. S.
Constitution, the Unity Symbol will represent
a bond among the American people and represent
those businesses and organizations in a way that
these Americans will know that their money and
efforts are being utilized for the right to keep and bear
arms for recreation, hunting, and defense. The Unity
Symbol, proudly displayed, will ensure a friendly and
supportive atmosphere wherever Americans go.
Why was it created?
Before I can answer this question, I must first state what the 2nd Amendment
means to me. At the birth of our nation, Our country was ruled by a
government that did not give individuals any freedoms. People were told what
to do, when to do it, and how to do it. Our forefathers were tired of being
controlled. They felt that the people were the ones to have the freedom.
They believed that the people should make the laws. And that
the people should govern themselves. They strongly believed that no one
person or group should have control over another in a free society.
The people owned guns. Every household had a firearm that was used to put
meat on the table, protect their property, and protect their lives. This was
a common practice because the new world was a hostile environment and most of
the land wasn't developed enough to sustain farming and industry. The law was
in each individual's hands. Most homesteads were miles apart with no contact
with any source of law enforcement.
I believe our forefathers added the second amendment for two reasons. First
was to preserve the individual's right to keep and bear arms to supply food to
his family and to protect them from anyone that tried to take that right away.
Second was to protect the 1st Amendment. Many people throughout history have
been jailed or even executed because of what they said. The people of this
country were about to say some things that
were considered treasonous and without-a-doubt against the current laws. The
people were granted the right to keep and bear arms in order to protect and
defend their right to free speech. If it weren't for the Constitution, this
would not be written today, at least not without repercussions.
To answer the question, "Why was it created?", I felt that it is necessary,
as it was over 200 years ago when our Flag was created, to have something that
the people can recognize as a symbol of the 2nd Amendment freedom. With so
many groups claiming to fight for that freedom, the NRA, GOA, SAF, etc., I
found it difficult to select the one that was really fighting for that
freedom. I have very limited income, so I can't join all of them. Granted,
the NRA is the biggest and does have the most influence when it comes to
politics, but do they really focus on the 2nd Amendment right? Do any of
them? Thus the reason for the symbol. Anyone, any business, or any group
that displays this symbol tells me that they support the 2nd Amendment and are
committed to maintaining that freedom.
Now this is where the controversy starts. By 'committed' I mean that the 2nd
Amendment gave us that freedom without controls. No waiting period. No
background checks. No CCW restrictions. No capacity restrictions. No action
or appearance restrictions or bans. Sure, felons should not have guns. As far
as I'm concerned, those that break the law give up those freedoms. That's the
reason for punishment. As far as children with access to guns and gun
accidents, we gun owners must be responsible with them. Teach them from the
start. The first five years of their life is the most important learning
stage. Take advantage of it. And suicide, although quicker, not easier, and
more successful with a gun, will continue.
Copy this symbol. Display it proudly. Let fellow gun owners know that you
support the 2nd Amendment. That is the sole purpose of the symbol. Anyone
altering it or using it for other means are simply trying to infringe on that
freedom. If find anyone using the symbol for other means, like HCI, etc., I
will express my 1st Amendment right to tell the world about it and then use my
2nd Amendment right to protect it. An application for copyright is pending to
protect the symbol from misuse. Please send comments and requests to
The symbol is available in many formats and will soon be
available as stickers and other printed forms. Did you put the symbol on your
web page? Why not link it here!
Michael A. Lynch