When America was newly established, the only kind of gun control our Founding Fathers were concerned with was making sure that every homestead and farm had a firearm for self-protection.
When drafting the Virginia State Constitution in 1776, Thomas Jefferson wrote:
“No freeman shall be debarred the use of arms (within his own lands or tenements).” [Thomas Jefferson: Draft Virginia Constitution (with his note added), 1776. Papers 1:353]
In an 1808 letter to Jacob J. Brown, Thomas Jefferson wrote:
“I learn with great concern that [one] portion of our frontier so interesting, so important, and so exposed, should be so entirely unprovided with common fire-arms. I did not suppose any part of the United States so destitute of what is considered as among the first necessaries of a farm-house.” [Thomas Jefferson Letter to Jacob J. Brown, 1808. The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, Memorial Edition (ME), Lipscomb and Bergh, editors, 20 Vols., Washington, D.C., 1903-04, 11:432.]
In an 1824 letter to John Cartwright, Thomas Jefferson wrote:
“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 letter to John Cartwright, 1824 . The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, Memorial Edition (ME), Lipscomb and Bergh, editors, 20 Vols., Washington, D.C., 1903-04, 16:45.]
Liberals like the New York Times now believe it is their duty to deprive every American of the right to bear arms and protect themselves.
RedState – New York Times Wants To Have Credit Card Companies Monitor Sales Of Guns And Ammo. What Could Ever Go Wrong? – The New York Times ran an article today that opens a new front in the progressive dream of restricting and eventually banning gun ownership. The story is headlined How Banks Unwittingly Finance Mass Shootings:
A New York Times examination of mass shootings since the Virginia Tech attack in 2007 reveals how credit cards have become a crucial part of the planning of these massacres. There have been 13 shootings that killed 10 or more people in the last decade, and in at least eight of them, the killers financed their attacks using credit cards. Some used credit to acquire firearms they could not otherwise have afforded.
Those eight shootings killed 217 people. The investigations undertaken in their aftermath uncovered a rich trove of information about the killers’ spending. There were plenty of red flags, if only someone were able to look for them, law enforcement experts say…
I have news for the New York Times, the Second Amendment doesn’t say anything about gun control nor does it say anything about the government knowing who has what firearms.
If America lived by the Constitution, there would be NO federal form 4473 to filled out when a firearm was purchased, nor would there be any background checks for the purchase of firearms.
I fully support a return to a constitutional government, something America hasn’t had in many years.
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