What Did The Founders Actually Say About Guns?
Recently I heard a very well known Conservative talk show host saying that the Second Amendment was never intended to protect us from The Government. It’s odd that nearly every quote from the framers I have found seems to state that, in addition to protecting your home, family, and property from thieves, murderers, and foreign invaders, that is it’s exact purpose.
“[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.”
“Another source of power in government is a military force. But this, to be efficient, must be superior to any force that exists among the people, or which they can command: for otherwise this force would be annihilated, on the first exercise of acts of oppression. Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom in Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretense, raised in the United States. A military force, at the command of Congress, can execute no laws, but such as the people perceive to be just and constitutional; for they will possess the power, and jealousy will instantly inspire the inclination, to resist the execution of a law which appears to them unjust and oppressive. In spite of all the nominal powers, vested in Congress by the constitution, were the system once adopted in its fullest latitude, still the actual exercise of them would be frequently interrupted by popular jealousy. I am bold to say, that ten just and constitutional measures would be resisted, where one unjust or oppressive law would be enforced. The powers vested in Congress are little more than nominal; nay real power cannot be vested in them, nor in any body, but in the people. The source of power is in the people of this country, and cannot for ages, and probably never will, be removed.”
Granted, in agreement with part of his stated contention, the Second Amendment was never intended as a right to open fire on your local police force, until they begin carrying out the orders of a tyrannical central government anyway. As a nation we are quite a ways off from that, but the slope seems to get more slippery every year that goes by.
“The militia of these free commonwealths, entitled and accustomed to their arms, when compared with any possible army, must be tremendous and irresistible. Who are the militia? Are they not ourselves? Is it feared, then, that we shall turn our arms each man against his own bosom. Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birth-right of an American … the unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments, but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people.”
George Mason :
“I ask, Sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people. To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them.”
“That a well-regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained to arms, is the proper, natural and safe defense of a free state; that standing armies, in time of peace, should be avoided as dangerous to liberty; and that, in all cases, the military should be under strict subordination to, and governed by, the civil power.”
I realize that the thought of another civil war, or the necessity of the American people to fight off yet another tyrannical oppressor is, as of yet, a very distant, dark prospect. It is not, however, as far fetched as it may seem and it is a gross misuse of a microphone to tell millions of people otherwise.
If a Wyoming Ranchers standoff with a Government agency turns violent, if shots are fired at a New Black Panthers demonstration, if a Radicalized Muslim “refugee” (200,000 of their way!) infiltrates a Louis Farrakhan rally, we could find ourselves under national martial law (and the thumb of a Federal Police Force) fast enough to make your head spin. Some have said that Barack Obama’s divisive handling of Ferguson, Baltimore, and countless other racial issues have be politicized to exactly that end. Nationwide chaos would quickly lead to a Federal Police Force, some even speculate that the UN already has designs on making worldwide cities “safe” with an occupying Global Police Force.
It is a reality that we may one day have to defend ourselves from those we have elected to represent us if the Liberal agenda is allowed to progress. The framers foresaw such possibilities and worded The Constitution to guard our right to do so if, God forbid, it were to ever become necessary.
Pray, people of God, that revival comes to our land before this scenario can play out in our streets.
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