We let our children die, not when we fail to seize every tool of freedom in a free country, but when we fail to heed the warnings of the wisest of us, about human nature, about man’s eternal greed for power, and the need for balance of power between man and his government. We let our children die when we let the wisdom of our forefathers die.
The Second Amendment is not a quick word about hunting in between nine other rights that limit government powers. It is a right of the “people” that government cannot take away, because it must remain “uninfringed” to balance government’s power, as is “necessary to the security of a ‘free’ state.”
Does everyone agree with that?
“The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to allow the subject races to possess arms. History shows that all conquerors who have allowed their subject races to carry arms have prepared their own downfall by so doing.“ – Adolph Hitler.
But is gun control really necessary for tyranny by a minority?
“One man with a gun can control 100 without one” – Vladimir Lenin.
But why do we need “assault weapons?”
“The strongest reason for the people to retain their right to keep and bear arms is a last resort to protect themselves against tyranny in government.” – Thomas Jefferson.
But really dangerous high-capacity weapons?
“A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them…” – George Washington, State of the Union speech, 1790.
Can we really trust the American people with these weapons?
“Americans have the right and advantage of being armed – unlike the citizens of other countries whose governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.” – James Madison.
Why not reasonable restrictions?
“Any society that will give up a little freedom to gain a little security will deserve neither, and lose both.” – Benjamin Franklin.
But what if government says gun freedom isn’t necessary?
“Firearms stand next in importance to the constitution itself. They are the American people’s liberty teeth and keystone under independence … from the hour the Pilgrims landed to the present day, events, occurences and tendencies prove that to ensure peace security and happiness, the rifle and pistol are equally indispensable … the very atmosphere of firearms anywhere restrains evil interference — they deserve a place of honor with all that’s good.” – George Washington.
What do guns tell us about human nature?
“Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not.” – Thomas Jefferson.
“All political power comes from the barrel of a gun.” Chairman Mao Tse Tung.
“Only an armed peoplecan be truly free. Only an unarmed people can ever be enslaved.” – Aristotle.
“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” – Abraham Lincoln.
But what if I’m not a Republican?
“By calling attention to a well-regulated militia for the security of the Nation, and the right of each citizen to keep and bear arms, our founding fathers recognized the essentially civilian nature of our economy. Although it is extremely unlikely that the fear of governmental tyranny, which gave rise to the 2nd amendment, will ever be a major danger to our Nation, the amendment still remains an important declaration of our basic military-civilian relationship, in which every citizen must be ready to participate in the defense of his country. For that reason I believe the 2nd Amendment will always be important.” – John F. Kennedy.
Can’t we trust gun control proponents?
“Our main agenda is to have all guns banned. We must use whatever means possible. It doesn’t matter if you have to distort the facts or even lie. Our task of creating a socialist America can only succeed when those who would resist us have been totally disarmed.” – Sara Brady, Chairman, Handgun Control Inc., In a letter to Senator Howard Metzenbaum, The National Educator, January 1994, Page 3.
How do we protect our rights?
“The beauty of the Second Amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it away.” – Thomas Jefferson.
But isn’t history over?
“Occasionally the tree of Liberty must be watered with the blood of Patriots and Tyrants.” – Thomas Jefferson.
How bad is gun control?
“Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the act of depriving a whole nation of arms, as the blackest.” – Mahatma Ghandi.
What is the right thing to do?
“If someone has a gun and is trying to kill you, it would be reasonable to shoot back with your own gun.” – The Dalai Lama.
What if we get this wrong?
“Those who do not know history are destined to repeat it.” – Edmund Burke, the philosophical founder of modern political conservatism.
During WWII, six million people were marched into a gas chamber by armed soldiers. If they each had an assault weapon, the political cost to Hitler would have been so great that the Holocaust might not have happened. The Second Amendment is about human nature, and will always apply, whether in Rwanda, Bosnia, Armenia, Stalinist USSR, North Korea, Cambodia, China, or Iran in 2009, or Syria in 2012. It always starts with gun control with the excuse of “public safety.”
Be proud of a country that cannot be invaded, that cannot be conquered, and cannot be taken over by a tyrant. Be proud of a country that doesn’t have the genocides and world wars that plague the rest of the “unarmed” world. Don’t let the government change the 200-year balance of power, and consolidate power by taking away our effective weapons. If we are wrong, we face 11,000 gun murders a year. If they are wrong, we face a century like the last one, in which 250,000,000 people were killed by their own governments.
If government has a monopoly on force, nobody will be able to stop the next tyrant. When the soldiers have guns to their own heads, and receive misinformation, and have to enforce oppressive laws or die, most will do the same as all other human beings have, and help carry out the genocide. Weakening this nation to make a dictator’s takeover easier is treason. Remind law enforcement, military, and politicians that they swore an oath to uphold the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic. Socialism, fascism, and totalitarian Communism have proven themselves to lead to population control through the extermination of millions. Contact your senators, representatives, politicians, the media, and hollywood. We explain the first Hitler and Holocaust by saying humanity learned its lesson. I can explain a crazy person to my kids. How do I explain that humanity forgot history, ignored human nature, gave up the Second Amendment, and repeated history’s horrors yet again, like sheep disarming themselves to be slaughtered, or lemmings jumping off a cliff?