In the wake of Sandy Hook and Aurora, this nation has begun to move toward more gun control through various means, and there is a strong push for more restrictive legislation. Unfortunately, we have not had a national discussion on the importance of the second amendment, or its relevance in the founding of this nation.
Early on, before the American Revolution even began, there were people who were nervous about the colonists having access to weaponry and black powder (used for ammunition). King George, as early as 1774, had begun a policy of banning the import of powder in to the colonies and taxed heavily the armaments industry. He was responding to numerous violent acts against his taxation policies, which included the burning and sinking of the HMS Gaspee’, which had attempted to board and inspect an American merchant vessel.
In short, Americans were unhappy about his fiscal policies, and so he sought gun control.
The armories and powder manufacturers were moved on in the spring of 1775 in an effort to shut down domestic armament production, and the battles of Lexington and Concord were fought. The colonists refused to surrender their weapons, buried their brass cannon to avoid confiscation and paid for the right to keep and bear arms with their blood.
When the Constitution was drafted, most of the Founders wanted to prevent that from happening again, and so enabled it directly in the new document as one of its founding principles. They believed that man had an inherent right to defend himself from tyranny and so enabled it into our laws. In fact, this inherent nature of human rights was defined, by making this right inalienable (inherent or derived from man’s divine creation) and said so in the document. By doing so, they ensured generations going forward that should an American tyrant ever come to power, they would have the ability to revolt against that tyranny in an effective manner. Indeed, the very threat of such action has prevented most inherently tyrannical actions by government.
In a speech to the Virginia Constitutional ratifying convention, George Mason advised that to ratify the Constitution was not enough, but that a vigilant and armed population was important, and said as much:
[W]hen the resolution of enslaving America was formed in Great Britain, the British Parliament was advised by an artful man [Sir William Keith], who was governor of Pennsylvania, to disarm the people; that it was the best and most effectual way to enslave them; but that they should not do it openly, but weaken them, and let them sink gradually, by totally misusing and neglecting the militia.
– George Mason, speech to the Virginia Ratifying Convention, June 14, 1788
Thus it is important that we not only maintain the Constitution but the inherent idea behind it — that our nation is best served by a well-armed citizenry, not one that is heavily regulated or effectively neutered by government regulation. It is only logical then that a government that seeks to regulate a population into a virtual state of ennui about weapons would naturally by tyrannical by definition, and thus injurious to freedom and liberty.
Our government is using the specter of fright from the acts of a madman to further the agenda of tyranny. They put a very reasonable argument (on the surface) forward, that the use and ownership of weapons is inherently dangerous to our children and to a lesser extent our health. They publicize the argument through victims like the mothers of children killed by guns, or by public figures like Gabrielle Giffords, while giving people like Alex Jones a forum to portray gun owners as inherently dangerous and mentally unbalanced.
Through such means, they hope to regulate weapons into a state of disuse, by either expense or difficulty.
We cannot let that happen; we must not let that happen.
They say that we must think of the children when we make decisions about the use of guns. Armed citizens are thinking about their children when arming themselves — they are thinking of future generations having to live once again under the yoke of feudal tyranny, instead of those freedoms, paid for through the precious blood of our forebears.
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- Assault on the Second Amendment (papundits.wordpress.com)
- If They Come For Your Guns, Do You Have A Responsibility To Fight? (libertycrier.com)
- Are Americans Really That Stupid… (exohuman.com)
- A Call to Action: The Impending Weapons Ban, by James M. (survivalblog.com)
- Piers Morgan, Gun Control ,Deportation, Second Amendment (ramanan50.wordpress.com)