The right to bear arms is unique among the first ten amendments to the Constitution, known as the Bill of Rights, in that it is the only right which is self-preserving. In other words, all other rights ultimately rely on the ability to resist to prevent their loss. As the common saying goes, you can’t have the First Amendment without the Second. It’s hard for someone to take away your freedom of worship or speech when you still have a gun in your hand. So, why is our right to keep and bear arms so important?