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“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.” Thomas Jefferson to Col. Charles Yancey, 1816
My last column on the feminization of American politics generated some complaints from “sensitive” men. One in particular was such a glaring example of how ignorant Americans are on the history of this republic, it simply cannot go unanswered.
One man named Guy wrote, “Stupid slag … you have no Second Amendment rights … the Second Amendment applies to militias, not individuals. … I suggest you dust off your Constitution and actually read it instead of listening to other idiotic conservatives who haven’t got two brain cells to rub together. … You people make me sick.”
Let’s address Guy’s statement that I have no Second Amendment rights and that the Second Amendment applies only to militias, because this fellow hasn’t got a clue. This bastion of historical knowledge is simply parroting what he hears and reads from the controlled media because he’s too intellectually lazy to research the history of his own country. He has accepted politically correct rulings by the Ninth (Silly) Circuit Federal Court because the brainwashed never wonder. The Ninth Circuit is the most over turned court in this country, and the gutless in Congress have refused to remove even one of those incompetent, agenda-driven judges.
Those who disagree with Guy, the Ninth Circuit and Handgun Control Inc.:
“The great object is that every man be armed. … Everyone who is able may have a gun.” Patrick Henry during Virginia’s ratification convention (1788) in “The Debates of the Several State Conventions on the Adoption of the Federal Constitution” at 386, Jonathan Elliot (New York, Burt Franklin: 1888).
Could Patrick Henry be more specific? After all, he was directly involved in the process of adopting the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights.
“That the said Constitution shall never be construed to authorize Congress to infringe the just liberty of the press or the rights of conscience; or to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms.” Samuel Adams during Massachusetts’ U.S. Constitution ratification convention (1788), “Debates and Proceedings in the Convention of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts,” at 86-87 (Pierce & Hale, eds., Boston, 1850).
Could Samuel Adams, an American Revolutionary leader who was actually there during the process, as was Patrick Henry, have been more clear about an individual’s right to private gun ownership?
“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.” – The Federalist, No. 46 – James Madison, America’s fourth president, known as the father and author of the U.S. Constitution.
“The people are not to be disarmed of their weapons. They are left in full possession of them.” Zachariah Johnson Elliot’s Debates, vol. 3, “The Debates in the Several State Conventions on the Adoption of the Federal Constitution.”
“… the people are confirmed by the next article in their right to keep and bear their private arms.” Philadelphia Federal Gazette June 18, 1789, page 2, column 2, article on the Bill of Rights.
“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 to ensure peace security and happiness, the rifle and pistol are equally indispensable. … The very atmosphere of firearms anywhere restrains evil interference – they deserve a place of honor with all that’s good.” George Washington, America’s first president, known as the father of our nation.
“The constitutions of most of our states assert that all power is inherent in the people; that … it is their right and duty to be at all times armed. … ” Thomas Jefferson, America’s third president in a letter to Justice John Cartwright, June 5, 1824. ME 16:45.
“The best we can help for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed.” Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist Papers at 184-8. Hamilton was a lawyer and delegate to the Continental Congress.
I guess Guy would say the individuals above who actually birthed this nation and wrote the Constitution and Bill of Rights had it wrong, but the Ninth Circuit and the anti-American zealots who run organizations like Handgun Control Inc. have it right. Unfortunately, Guy is just another one of the millions of Americans who fire off their mouth before they load their brain.
Guy’s ignorance is the result of two things: 1) The government’s indoctrination centers (public schools) have removed all comprehensive teaching of the founding of this republic, and 2) America was birthed by a warrior class of men. The feminization of American politics and political correctness has bred an entire generation of men who are nothing more than wimps and sissies. They are too afraid to stand up and protect their own – with a gun if necessary. Instead, they so wrongly believe that the local coppers will be able to save them or their family from imminent death. Guy would do well to study the laws in his state because here in California, the police are not obligated to come to your defense – so say the courts.
“Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty.” Thomas Jefferson