Saturday, March 26, 2005

Just so you know...

People sometimes ask me why I am so "gung-ho" about the second amendment and gun rights.

This is why:

In 1774, the founding fathers of this country knew that the greatest threat to our liberty was not indians or pirates or criminals. It was the British soldiers garrisoned in our towns. In other words, it was our own government.

The founding fathers were greatly - and justly - afraid of a standing army. Afraid, because the army could impose its will without regard for the people's.

Fast forward 225 years:

According the U.N., during the course of the 20th century some 40 million people died as the result of warfare throughout the world.

During those same 100 years...from 1901 through 2000 FOUR TIMES THAT MANY - almost 160 million people - died at the hands of their own governments.

Read that sentence again. And again.

"Oh, but that can't happen here", you cry.

IF that is so, it is only because we remain a populace so armed that our own military could not conquer us.

In 2005, we have in the United States not only a standing army, but a determined effort to enervate the second amendment to the Constitution...that final backstop to governmental power the founders put in place.

If you want to trust to the goodwill of nameless, faceless bureaucrats...I wish you good luck.

I am not willing to do so.

Furthermore, here's a challenge:

Sit down some time and read the Declaration of Independence and its litany of abuses by the Crown of Britain. Then, give some thought to the daily infringements of liberty that we are subject to today by our own "elected" government.

Once you do, you will not be so quick to "pooh-pooh" my concerns.

Instead, you will, if you have a brain in your head, RUN out and purchase an M1A or AR-15 and all the ammo you can haul

Freedoms are lost a little at a time. Where do you draw the line?

"Those who do not learn the lessons of history are condemned to repeat them" - George Santayana


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