Friday, January 4, 2013
Michael Hathman: Gun Control & Freedom
The Second Amendment was included in the United States Constitution by our Founding Fathers. This inclusion was one of the greatest and most important considering the historical facts of the time.
The Revolutionary War was caused due to British oppression of its British citizenry who resided in the Thirteen Colonies of North America. The power-hungry British government imposed unfair taxes and treatment of its citizens. Yes, even in a parliamentarian government tyranny can arise. And, due to the British government's insistence that Colonialists pay these taxes (while having no representation in the British Parliament) American Colonialists became resentful of the unfair treatment and tyranny imposed on them by their own government which was meant to serve their interests.
Soon, the British passed several oppressive laws, decrees, demands and declarations forbidding certain actions in which the American Colonialists may engage including British gun control laws.
Infuriated with the provisions and demands the British government were making against the Colonies, many of the citizens became infuriated to the point of taking up arms should the British Government make any move to send British troops to enforce their will against the citizenry (which did happen).
At the time, the population of the American Colonies was merely 2,500,000 combined. Soon, the conflict came to a head in the American Revolution wherein 50,000 Patriots lost their lives for the establishment of what would become the United States of America.
The Founding Fathers gambled and risked everything - including their own property and lives on the American Revolution. They knew that if they lost, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin - just to name a few - would be hanged for treason against the Crown.
With the aid of the French, America won her right to independence. Upon reflection of all that had happened, the Framers of the Constitution felt that in light of the recent British oppression, oppressive gun control laws, occupation and war, citizens MUST have a right to bear arms especially in the event their government became tyrannical and abusive to its citizens in the future. So, the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution was included in the Bill of Rights (the first 10 Amendments of the Constitution).
So far, during the 200 years of America's existence, the government has not become so corrupt, abusive and tyrannical as had been experienced under British dominance. Although, there have been some issues that have been hotly debated as of late, the American People must have a say as to how their government behaves and acts towards its own populace. Abraham Lincoln once mentioned, "Government of the People, by the People, for the People." Indeed, much like the Founding Fathers, Abraham Lincoln knew that government had a role to serve the people. He also knew the Biblical principle that, "A house divided against itself cannot stand." (Matt 12:25)
Interesting to note, Abraham Lincoln did not oppose the the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution. In fact, after the Civil War, nothing was mentioned about gun control. It is supposed, looking back to what a government can do by force of arms, Lincoln knew the people had a right to self-defense in every capacity wherein tyranny may be a problem. Indeed, the Civil War was not about slavery per se but about States Rights versus Federal Rights and the issue as to whether any State of the Union had a "right" to secede from the Union. The Civil War settled that question.
Now, America has seen gun control enacted in other nation states where dictators of the worst kind seized control. See gun control video on USSR. See gun control video on Nazi Germany.
The Founding Fathers had this to say with regard to guns:
"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, occurrences, and tendencies prove that insure peace, security, and happiness, the rifle and pistol are equally indispensable... the very atmosphere of firearms everywhere restrains evil interference -- they deserve a place of honor with all that is good." - George Washington
"On every question of the construction of the Constitution, let us carry ourselves back to the time when the Constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit manifested in the debates, and instead of trying what meaning may be squeezed out of the text, or invented against it, conform to the probable one in which it was passed." He further states, "Let no free man ever be debarred the use of arms." - Thomas Jefferson
"The Constitution preserves the advantage of being armed which Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation, where the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms." Declaring further, "The right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed. A well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained to arms, is the best and most natural defense of a free country." - James Madison
"Are we at last brought to such humiliating and debasing degradatino that we cannot be trusted with arms for our defense? Where is the difference between having our arms in possession and under our direction and having them under the management of Congress? If our defense be the real object of having those arms, in whose hands can they be trusted with more propriety, or equal safety to us, as in our own hands?" Further stating, "We should not forget the spark that ignited the American Revolution was caused by the British attempt to confiscate firearms of the colonists." - Patrick Henry
Wherein, we must ask ourselves as a free society, does it profit the American People to disarm themselves. It is by being armed that the government is kept in clear check in its power by an armed people who are dedicated to the principles and ideals of freedom and independence from tyranny of every kind. When the people disarm, they do so at their own risk and to their own foolish choices. Indeed, a people who cares not to defend their freedom, even with firearms, do not deserve to be a "free people" deserving of any rights under any construct whatsoever.
We are now considering banning firearms with certain dispensing capabilities and rounds - these would be considered "fighting weapons" or "weapons of war". Indeed, how would an American armed with only pistols fare against a military as equipped as the United States military which answers - not to the American People - but to the GOVERNMENT of the American People. Here is what our "free" society is up against:
370,000 Air Force Personnel
1, 366, 000 Armed Forces
$5,000,000,000,000 of imported arms
380,000 Navy Personnel
1,500,000 Other Personnel
We have not even considered: the vast number of guns and ammunition, warships, carriers, airplanes, drones, missles, hand grenades, special warfare devices, etc.
This is a great military power against which the American People have very little protection - even with the best, most advanced fighting guns available on the consumer market today. And, even though the military is only considered, this also does not include any armaments that policing agencies throughout our nation also have nor the advanced weaponry well-funded criminal organizations also have at their disposal. While I personally believe that there is not currently a "great" threat to the well being of the American People, there is always the potential for abuse, tyranny and, yes, even terror (especially by criminals or religious radicals). The American People must be ready to meet any challenge posed by any person, groups of persons (including government) when - and if necessary - by force of arms.
Support the Second Amendment. Your freedom may depend upon it.
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