A few weekends ago I had the pleasure of speaking at the National Rifle Association (NRA) Annual Meetings in Nashville, Tennessee. During my speech, I made it clear that I am extremely pro-Second Amendment and that I would never allow anyone to tamper with that right.
I understand that the Second Amendment is vitally important. Why do we have the Second Amendment? Our founders recognized that if our nation were ever invaded, we would be a much more formidable group of people and could help repel outside forces if the citizenry had the ability to aid the military. That seems far-fetched these days, but maybe it is not so far-fetched, particularly if we do not solidify our borders. There are people watching us all over the world, and they include radical Islamic terrorists who are willing to get in here any way that they can. And if they were to arrive here, we need to be able to fight them, especially if we have an administration that will not fight them.
Another reason for the Second Amendment's creation was so that the people would be able to defend themselves against an overly aggressive government that would want to impose tyranny in this country. It would be extremely horrible to have a population that is defenseless against a group of tyrants with arms. Such domination is considerably more difficult when people have arms and can sustain significant resistance. This explains why brutal dictators like Fidel Castro, Josef Stalin, Mao Zedong, Adolf Hitler and Idi Amin tried to disarm the populace before imposing governmental control.
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I had the opportunity to become a gun fan when I joined the ROTC in the latter half of the 10th grade. Once I was a member, I was hoping to become the city executive officer for the city of Detroit (the highest ranking position of the ROTC), which nobody had done within four semesters. I was fascinated with the guns and became an excellent marksman, winning several marksmanship awards. As I led a drill team – which was very advanced with the art of disassembling and reassembling military rifles in record time – I advanced through the ranks and eventually became the city's ROTC executive officer. I was even offered a scholarship to West Point, yet decided to go the medical route.
My wife, Candy, and I have always had a ton of friends in the military: These are smart people, and one of the things we will have to do as a country when we have military conflicts is not micromanage our military leaders. We also need to recognize that we are allowing our military to deteriorate. Our Navy is the smallest size since 1917, and so while we have international interests, our Navy is shrinking.
We need to understand that freedom is not free. You have to fight for it every single day. The people who founded this nation understood this concept, and they were willing to fight. For hundreds of years, the people of America have had guns, and for hundreds of year we have had that power of freedom from tyranny. We must now recognize that the baton of freedom is in our hands. The question is: "What are we going to do with it? Are we going to submit to the secular progressives who try to use every opportunity to get rid of our guns? Or are we going to recognize that in order for the following generations to enjoy the same freedom that we have, it is necessary to exercise the same kind of courage as the people before us?"
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Think about Nathan Hale, a young American spy who was captured by the British and set to be executed when he said: "I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country." Think about all of those American soldiers on June 6, 1944, (D-Day) who stormed the beaches of Normandy and were mowed down by the Axis forces. Were our soldiers afraid? Of course they were afraid, but they did not turn back. They knew in many cases that they would never see their loved ones or their homeland again. Why did they continue to fight? Not for themselves, but for you and for me so that we could be free. And now, the baton is in our hands. It is critical that we find the courage and determination to protect the right to keep and bear arms in this nation. For if that right is ever removed from those people that follow us, a free and vibrant nation would be forever in jeopardy.