To All of the Idiots That Say There are Too Many Guns in America, We are still free aren’t we? We would not be if Americans were not so well armed.
There is only one thing to say. Citizens without guns are slaves. The Framers knew what they were doing when they penned the Second Amendment. The People must remain a threat to government in order to keep government from reining tyranny upon the People. That is the only reason for the Second Amendment.
Are you stupid enough to believe that government gives one hoot about you and your safety? Government has been going further South with each Presidency as far back as Jimmy Carter and probably further back than that. Much of what is going on started out back in the 1940s and it started in Chicago, IL.
A quote from Thomas Jefferson: ““False is the idea of utility that sacrifices a thousand real advantages for one imaginary or trifling inconvenience; that would take fire from men because it burns, and water because one may drown in it; that has no remedy for evils, except destruction. Laws that forbid the carrying of arms laws of such a nature. They disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes.… Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they act rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.” – Quoting Cesare Beccaria, On Crimes and Punishment”
Thomas Jefferson: “[W]hat country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms.” – Letter to William Stephens Smith, November 13, 1787; The Works of Thomas Jefferson, Federal Edition (New York and London, G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1904-5) Vol. 5 ”
Thomas Paine: ““The supposed quietude of a good man allures the ruffian; while on the other hand, arms like laws discourage and keep the invader and the plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property. The balance of power is the scale of peace. The same balance would be preserved were all the world destitute of arms, for all would be alike; but since some will not, others dare not lay them aside. And while a single nation refuses to lay them down, it is proper that all should keep them up. Horrid mischief would ensue were one half the world deprived of the use of them.” – Thoughts on Defensive War, 1775; The Writings of Thomas Paine, Collected and Edited by Moncure Daniel Conway (New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1894) Volume 1, Chapter XII ”
Patrick Henry: ““Are we at last brought to such humiliating and debasing degradation 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?” – Debates in the Several State Conventions on the Adoption of the Federal Constitution, Jonathan Elliot, ed. 1836, vol. 3, p.168 ”
Patrick Henry: ““The great object is, that every man be armed … Every one who is able may have a gun.”– Debates in the Several State Conventions on Adoption of the Federal Constitution, Jonathan Elliot, ed. 1836, vol. 3, p. 386 ”
James Madison: ““Besides the advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation, the existence of subordinate governments, to which the people are attached and by which the militia officers are appointed, forms a barrier against the enterprises of ambition, more insurmountable than any which a simple government of any form can admit of.” – James Madison, Federalist No. 46, The Influence of the State and Federal Governments Compared, New York Packet, January 29, 1788; The Federalist (The Gideon Edition), (1818), Edited with an Introduction, Reader’s Guide, Constitutional Cross-reference, Index, and Glossary by George W. Carey and James McClellan (Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 2001) ”
Eldridge Gerry: ““What, sir, is the use of a militia? It is to prevent the establishment of a standing army, the bane of liberty. Whenever governments mean to invade the rights and liberties of the people, they always attempt to destroy the militia, in order to raise an army upon their ruins.” – Floor debate over the Second Amendment, August 17, 1789; I Annals of Congress, p. 750 ”
John Dickinson: ““With hearts fortified with these animating reflections, we most solemnly, before God and the world, declare, that, exerting the utmost energy of those powers, which our beneficent Creator hath graciously bestowed upon us, the arms we have compelled by our enemies to assume, we will, in defiance of every hazard, with unabating firmness and perseverance employ for the preservation of our liberties; being with one mind resolved to die freemen rather than to live as slaves.” – Declaration of the Cause and Necessity of Taking up Arms, Second Continental Congress, July 6, 1775; The Growth of the American Republic, Volume 1, Seventh Edition. New York: Oxford University Press; 1980; p.168 :
The Second Amendment: A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
The above quotations prove that the Framers considered owning a gun paramount to remaining free and having liberty. They also show they were aware that a people without guns would be slaves to tyranny and oppression by government run amok with power and temptations for personal gain in wealth and power. The Framers used the word “shall” many times while framing the Constitution. Each time they use it, it was as an order written in concrete to which no exceptions of any kind could be made or taken less the Constitution would fail in its purpose. The proper use of the word “shall” in a declarative sense is necessary, yet, man being the weak and self-serving creature that he is, has chosen not to know, or admit, the power of the word “shall” and assign in its place definitions of convenience to themselves for whatever gains their agenda requires at that moment. We the People, acquiescing to those things in life appearing more important than civic duty, have not been watching the dark forces at work in the heart of our country. We should be rising up in mass, yelling and waving our arms with clenched fists demanding that those to whom we have given our consent to govern us, do so according to the Constitution as it was written and has been legally amended in accordance with Article V., thereof.
So, to those of you reading this that think there are too many guns in the United States, shame on you. If you choose not to have a gun, okay. But, it is your duty to have a gun and to know well how to use it and be prepared at a moments notice to bear your arms with your neighbors, to protect our Constitution, our Country, our freedom, and our liberty, given us by the Creator.
Buy guns, buy ammo, use guns and hit targets, teach your family, arm them all and I don’t mean just handguns.
Joseph D. Hollinger
God Bless America!!
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