The Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America was written to protect American citizens from tyranny. The Framers of our Constitution understood the importance of citizens having the right to keep and bear arms. During the Revolutionary War American rebels had similar fire power to that used by the British soldiers. It only makes sense for modern citizens to have the same firing power that the government might use against them.
The American Revolution would not have taken place if guns were controlled. Britain’s soldiers confiscated all firearms possible in order to control the American rebels. The Battles of Lexington and Concord took place because the Americans were unwilling to let the British soldiers take their stores of gun powder, etc. Americans won those battles because they used guerilla tactics: they made quick strikes and then faded into the trees only to come out again in another place to do more damage.
Some people consider it silly for American gun owners to think they can wage war against the most powerful nation on earth today. I suppose it would be silly if they planned to meet on a battlefield, but I do not suppose that any modern revolutionary would consider doing that!
The United States – and France before them – lost a war in Vietnam because the Viet Cong used guerilla tactics. Russia lost the war in Afghanistan against villagers who were defending their homes. Last year Libya was taken over by revolutionaries, and today the Syrian government is having a difficult time putting down revolutionaries in their country.
All these revolutionaries were/are fighting against stronger firepower, but none were fighting on a battlefield. They used and still use guerilla tactics – a quick strike here and a quick strike there. They attack when and where they choose and then evade; they force the stronger side to defend everything. Unless today’s stronger force is willing to bomb entire towns – think of the urban warfare in Iraq – the aircraft and tanks are useless. If “the people” support the revolutionaries, it is almost impossible to discern the “guilty” from the “innocent.” The revolutionaries might not win, but they could force a dictator to bring the international community over to their side and against the dictator. This kind of warfare has been proven successful time and again.
There is another part of gun history that should be included here. Gun control is not about guns; it is about governments trying to control citizens. Only a government that is afraid of its own citizens tries to control them; some examples of how governments “controlled” their citizens are as follow. The dates and the numbers may be wrong, but the general idea is correct. I know because much of this tyranny occurred in my lifetime, and I have heard the news reports on bodies being found.
Turkey established gun control in 1911. Between 1915 and 1917, the government exterminated 1.5 million unarmed Armenians who were unable to defend themselves.
The Soviet Union established gun control in 1929. Between 1929 and 1953, the government exterminated 20 million unarmed dissidents who were unable to defend themselves.
China established gun control in 1935. Between 1948 and 1952, the government exterminated 20 million political dissidents who were unarmed and unable to defend themselves.
Germany established gun control in 1938. Between 1939 and 1945, the government exterminated 13 million unarmed Jews and others who were unable to defend themselves.
Cambodia established gun control in 1956. Between 1975 and 1977, the government exterminated 1,000,000 educated people who were unarmed and unable to defend themselves.
Guatemala established gun control in 1964. Between 1964 and 1981, the government exterminated 100,000 Mayan Indians who were unarmed and unable to defend themselves.
Uganda established gun control in 1970. Between 1971 and 1979, the government exterminated 300,000 Christians who were unarmed and unable to defend themselves.
This makes a grand total of 56 million people who were rounded up and exterminated in the 20th Century – people who were unarmed and unable to defend themselves.
The Second Amendment states that the Right to Keep and Bear Arms shall NOT be infringed, and the Supreme Court has ruled that Americans have the right to keep and bear arms. I believe that this means we can keep any gun that we can carry.
The Second Amendment to the Constitution is in place just in case politicians ignore our other rights. Only people who are free have the right to keep and bear arms; they do not ask permission to bear arms. This makes them citizens; when this right is taken away, the citizen becomes a subject or a slave. Wise and prudent citizens understand that the day may come when they have to fight to protect their rights. They know that honest, law-abiding citizens do not shoot to kill but to stay alive. They understand that citizens who know guns also know peace and safety, but citizens with no guns also have no peace or safety. They understand that there are millions of firearm owners who never kill anyone but provide peace and security for everyone.
Two quotes attributed to two famous Founders should be remembered by all Americans. “Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not.” (Thomas Jefferson) “Those who trade liberty for security have neither.” (John Adams)
Americans should be applauding and thanking gun owners instead of trying to disarm them. It is the honest, law-abiding gun owners who are protecting the freedoms and liberties that we enjoy. Remember that the Constitution of the United States of America was copyrighted in 1791 and all Rights are preserved by it.