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Both are antithetical to a totalitarian state. It is no coincidence, therefore, that the amendments relating to freedom of religion and the right to bear arms are numbers one and two.
My history lessons taught me that long before the American Revolution, British troops made a habit of knocking on the doors of colonists and taking over their houses. The soldiers ate their food, slept in their beds, and took their possessions at will.
Why? Because they could.
At the end of the 18th century, it may have been possible, appropriate, and even necessary to expect that people might have to and might have been able to defend themselves against a government that turned against them.
Certainly, however, that notion is obsolete today. Individually or collectively, the citizens could not rise up and overthrow our government with guns — even AK- 47s.
That does not matter. The second amendment goes far beyond guns as protection against an out-of-control government.
At the heart of the second amendment is independence — “leave me alone” — which, in fact, is at the heart of the entire foundation of our country: self-rule.
The government of King George — in fact, most governments in
history — have been characterized by brutality and suppression of
citizen’s rights. The Founders fervently opposed this notion, and
formed a government that would forbid such brutality and oppression. The
government should secure the God-given rights of man... and then, leave
the people alone. Period. That is what the Constitution says.
That is the is the philosophy woven into the
Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.
The View from the Left
But the modern-day left sees it far differently — the Constitution be damned. The left wants people to be completely dependent on the government for virtually everything: education, housing, food, health care, security and protection, transportation, jobs, retirement... there is no end to it.
Why? Well, as Democratic Congressman John Dingell out it, “to control the people.”
Mis-leaders on the left seek control — either because it makes them feel good or because they think they know what is best for the rest of us — or both.
It is easy to control the people if they depend on you for the basic necessities of life. Such dependence mollifies their temper and discontent. And they are thus less likely to object to brutality and oppression.
Guns are very much a part of that picture.
The left wants the people to rely on the government for recompense of any action against a citizen. Anything goes wrong — call the government. In case of sickness, call the government. In the case of a personal attack — call the government. In case of a personal tragedy, call the government. In case of a robbery or home invasion, call the government.
Never mind that, in case of the need for personal protection, it is usually unrealistic to expect any government to be able to provide the necessary immediate resolution.
The left does not care.
A Symbol of Power and Control
Guns are a symbol of power and control. The left does not want the people to have power or control, even a symbol of power and control.
I vehemently oppose every aspect excessive reliance on the government. Thus I strongly support the second amendment.
Suppose I have a Sony Playstation 360, a 96-inch TV, a big gas-guzzling Hummer, a 5-gallon toilet, and a large collection of knives and guns. I paid for them; I own them.
The Founders could not imagine a Playstation 360. But they understood the importance of property rights. Thus the fourth amendment.
The government has no right to forbid ownership or to take my property from me, no matter how much the left hates my property. My Playstation 36, 96-inch TV, 5-gallon toilet, and gas-guzzling Hummer are mine. As long as I use them lawfully, the government must keep their hands off my property! That’s what the fourth amendment says.
Many people own and use guns for sport, as many people use their Playstation 360 for fun and their 96-inch TV for entertainment. Freedom means the freedom to use guns for sport, to play games, and watch television — free of government interference.
I do not want the government telling me how big my TV can be, how small my toilet must be, how or much gas my Hummer guzzles or how many miles I drive it. It is none of their damned business!
Within a very broad range, the government has no right – and certainly no skills — to be able to tell me what I can and cannot own and use. That is the essence of freedom. Freedom from government interference.
Guns are a symbol of the freedom of individual people from the government. That is one reason why many people believe the second amendment to be so sacred.
I wholeheartedly agree.
I understand their fervor, especially with the Obama administration in power. But reasonable people must be able to draw a reasonable line. Reasonable, limited gun control makes sense.
The president has complete disdain for the second amendment. That is clear. But because of public pressure, he has given up on limiting the sale of guns that it does not like. So the president’s “too clever by half” solution is to propose restriction of the purchase of ammunition for those guns.
At the time of this writing, the administration has held off on implementing any such restriction. But the president’s intent is clear, and his determination absolute.
But... that is the candidate we elected.
The president knows that many people will object to the notion of
prohibiting the sale of ammunition, and that their animosity of him will
only grow as a result. He does not care. He has
Thus, I believe that it is very reasonable and appropriate, especially today, for any and all citizens to unalterably oppose any effort by the administration to restrict anything that appears to be an assault on the second amendment... or any part of our marvelous Constitution.
Know the Constitution
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