www.the912project.us/ by Jared Law
The justification for law-abiding citizens to keep & bear arms is as foundational as the right to life, liberty, free speech, religious expression, etc. As many intelligent people have said time and time again, without the 2nd Amendment, there is no 1st Amendment.
From Adam and Eve, to you and I, anybody who wishes to arm themselves, so long as they do not use those arms to oppress others, and deny them their Constitutional rights, here in America, may, and that right is protected by the immortal words of the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which was, of course, included in the Bill of Rights that James Madison and others insisted on, before the Constitution was ratified.
Here’s the text of the Second Amendment, which is so critical to the securing of our liberty:
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.
And the Militia, in those days, just as it is (whether some admit it or not) today, consisted of every able-bodied man and older boys, who were capable of fighting.
Not only is it our Constitutional right to keep & bear arms, but it is a NATURAL LAW right, with which we are Endowed by our Creator, as the Declaration of Independence so eloquently reminds us:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…
One cannot reasonably ignore that foundational text of one of our most important founding documents; it we have the UNALIENABLE RIGHT TO LIFE, we have the right to self-defense, and we cannot really enjoy liberty, or the pursuit of happiness, in this life, if our life is cut short by a violent criminal (or tyrannical government), now, can we?
The the laws of nature and of Nature’s God grant mankind the right to self-defense. The principle of self-defense is such a fundamental one, that even the most peaceful major world religions, Judaism and Christianity, allow for the shedding of blood in self-defense. Denying Americans the fundamental right to keep and bear arms isn’t just unconstitutional. It’s immoral; if you deny somebody that right, then their blood is partially on the hands of those who instituted, and supported such regulations.
Here’s one of my favorite video clips, which includes five words that express how all Americans SHOULD feel about their 2nd Amendment rights:
Every genocidal dictator in world history of which we’re aware had a policy of disarming the general population of the target nation. From Mao to Stalin to Hitler, all Marxist dictators wish to be able to slaughter innocents who disagree with them, without having to deal with a resistance that can shoot back. The Principles of Freedom enshrined in the Constitution are as necessary for a fullness of human happiness and prosperity as oxygen for us to breathe is necessary for our continued survival.
The Militia of a nation are its able-bodied men. The right to keep & bear arms is a sacred right; it guarantees the security of a free state, from all threats, both foreign and domestic.
Any who wish to infringe upon this right must be viewed with extreme suspicion, if a people wishes to remain free. America has, for far too long, tolerated politicians’ demonizing of those who freely exercise their right to keep and bear arms.
It isn’t just time for that to stop, it’s time to actively work our tails off to ‘reset the system,’ and get legislation passed which recognizes the constitutionality of keeping and bearing arms, and which eliminates ALL REGULATIONS except keeping the dangerous mentally-ill and violent felons from lawfully exercising this right.
And access to ammunition, ammo clips, reloading supplies and equipment, gunsmithing, and other attendant devices, supplies, technologies, and materials, must be likewise protected. Americans have the right to purchase arms and attendant supplies at market cost, uninflated by artificial, bureaucratic means.
Rhetorical question: What have YOU done to prepare yourself and your family, so that you need not fear? Do you have sufficient food, water, fuel, clothing, boots/shoes, medical supplies, essential drugs, guns, ammunition, etc. stockpiled against the time of need?
If you haven’t get purchased your first pistol, revolver, home defense/combat shotgun, bolt action, lever action, or semiautomatic rifle, or battle rifle/machine gun, why not? What about stockpiling food, water, medical supplies, essential drugs, guns/ammunition, fuel, clothing & shoes (especially for growing kids), and other essentials? When will you begin to prepare? If you spend money on tobacco and/or alcohol, on Cable TV, on gambling, on eating out at restaurants, or any of the comforts of our modern society that aren’t essential to your survival, but not firearms, ammunition, food, fuel, water, medical supplies, essential drugs, etc., when are you going to wake up, and prepare for what’s coming?
Hopefully this week.
But enough of my words. I have a more comprehensive 2nd Amendment discussion thread on the way, but I thought that since we had that network downtime today and last night, I ought to get something useful and informative out before I finish my longer commentary and coverage of the growing threat to our 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms. And while the purpose of this discussion thread is to let David Barton impart some of his impressive library of knowledge to us, via Glenn Beck’s TheBlazeTV, let’s first enjoy the NRA’s new ad exposing the incredible hypocrisy of the Barack Hussein Obama Regime and American Marxists:
And now, here’s the headline story from The Blaze:
Jan. 16, 2013 8:00am Tiffany Gabbay
As stronger sentiment concerning gun control mounts on the American streets, Glenn Beck invited renown historian and Wallbuilders founder David Barton on his Tuesday evening program to provide viewers with a comprehensive overview of the Second Amendment as a foundation for liberty and freedom.
Beck was compelled to provide this in-depth look after 19 potential executive actions were identified to move the Obama administration forward with new gun control measures. Those measures include but are not limited to: requiring mental health screenings of both the buyer and seller; banning military-style “assault” weapons and high-capacity magazines; issuing a statute prohibiting gun trafficking; and an “end” to the “hobbling of federal agencies.”
“This is not about preventing mass-murders it is about eliminating your right to bear arms,” Beck slammed. “This administration will never waste a good emergency.”
“Americans need to know where the Second Amendment even comes from…The history of our ‘why and how,’ and how it has shaped our foundation of freedom.”
A glance back in time
Barton, who has an extensive knowledge-base in American history, said that the Second Amendment is truly about a “certain set of principles.” He added that people should not separate the Second Amendment from other amendments, particularly the first five, as they are all aligned and part of one larger concept of protection of one’s self, religion and property. In other words ”unalienable rights.”
The Founding Fathers, according to Barton, believed that God gave these rights to mankind and that no government could take them away.
“That is why our government is different,” he explained, “other world governments trampled peoples rights… the idea was to prevent the government from ever trampling our rights.” He added that unlike any country in Europe, Americans insisted the government could not touch what God had given them.
The Founders also used the philosophy term “laws of nature and nature is God,” which Barton informed is contained in Blackstone’s commentary on the law. The idea is that certain things come to one from nature, such as the deep-seated biological mechanism of self-defense. The historian also noted that James Wilson, a signer of both the Constitution and Declaration of Independence noted that the law of nature is to defend oneself, and that — through the castle doctrine — a private citizen failing to defend his home or family — even with deadly force — would be considered negligence.
As the interview continued, Barton went on to explain how different the times were at America’s founding, and that citizens could even penalized for not carrying a gun. The topic then veered to the lawless days of the Wild West, its religious revival and the role of Texas Rangers in enforcing the law.
In addition, Barton addressed the founding of the NRA. While some like to demonize pro-Second Amendment group and even call it prejudiced, it turns out the powerful group was in fact started by two Union generals in 1871 as a means to driving out the Ku Klux Klan and ensuring that blacks, who although then-free were not allowed means with which to defend themselves — could in fact legally own a gun.
Barton also noted that even after the Whiskey and Shays rebellions, and even the assassinations of Lincoln Garfield and McKinley, calls for gun bans never came into play. In fact, the times even bolstered the Second Amendment.
It was not until the aftermath of Malcolm X, John F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King’s assassination that then President Lyndon B. Johnson sought stricter gun control. Ironically, said Barton, President Reagan — although having survived an assassination attempt himself — was very much an adherent to the Second Amendment and opposed then assistant and White House Press Secretary Jim Brady’s bill.
Psychology professor Warren Throckmorton, a scholar who has challenged some of Barton’s facts in the past, took note of Barton’s assertion, however, revealing that Reagan actually favored the Brady bill. In an op-ed for the New York Times, Reagan wrote:
This level of violence must be stopped. Sarah and Jim Brady are working hard to do that, and I say more power to them. If the passage of the Brady bill were to result in a reduction of only 10 or 15 percent of those numbers (and it could be a good deal greater), it would be well worth making it the law of the land.
Reagan, while a proponent of the Second Amendment, had a more moderate view on gun control, revealing that people’s views on the issue, irrespective of political leaning, is as multi-layered as the types of legislations that have been brought to bear concerning the matter. For deeper insight into the Gipper’s views on gun control, please visit TheBlaze’s in-depth article here.
When asked how American citizens should react if government were to seek to claim their arms, Barton said that there is a host of lawyers working bro-bono to step in and help protect citizens’ gun rights.
Make sure to share this discussion thread with everybody in your email lists of tea partiers and/or 9.12’ers, in addition to your peers who you believe will make good recruits to our movement!
WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS?