Are we at last brought to such humiliating and debasing degradation, that we cannot be trusted with arms for our defense? Where is the difference between having our arms in possession and under our direction and having them under the management of Congress? If our defense be the real object of having those arms, in whose hands can they be trusted with more propriety, or equal safety to us, as in our own hands?
—Patrick Henry, American Patriot
Defenders of the Obama administration insist that he is not anti-gun. They are right. The truth is, the current administration, as well as all of the left wing liberal progressives, are not anti-gun; they are anti-armed citizenry. From their point-of-view, it’s perfectly all right to be armed– as long as government forces (military and police) are under control and citizens are loyal to the government.
The Progressives would like the Second Amendment to be changed from “a well regulated militia” to “a well regulated hunting lodge” to be able to shoot that which is deer. This would make the Second Amendment more in line with Governors Cuomo’s version of the Second Amendment when he said, “No one needs 10 bullets to kill a deer.” The Second Amendment is meant to keep the government honest, not the deer.
The Second Amendment states: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
In one of my previous PolitiChicks articles entitled, Obama’s Fifth Column is the Fourth Estate, I wrote that it might be good to reflect that the weapons the colonial citizens possessed at the time of the writing of the Constitution were the same state-of-the-art weapons that the British army used. In other words, the Colonialists possessed weapons of war.
The Battles of Lexington and Concord were the first military engagements of the American Revolutionary War. The famous ride of Paul Revere was to warn the colonists that the British were coming, but what the British were coming for is lost in the story. Revere was riding to warn the colonists that the British were coming to take their weapons!
The Colonists were told to hold their fire and not shoot their weapons unless the British fired first. Who actually fired the first shot at the Lexington Concord Bridge has been lost through the fog of history, and both sides claimed that the other fired first. What we do know is that it became the shot heard around the world, as coined by the American poet Ralph Waldo Emerson,which ushered in the American Revolution.
By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
Their flag to April’s breeze unfurled,
Here once the embattled farmers stood,
And fired the shot heard round the world.
The foe long since in silence slept;
Alike the conqueror silent sleeps;
And Time the ruined bridge has swept
Down the dark stream which seaward creeps.
On this green bank, by this soft stream,
We set to-day a votive stone;
That memory may their deed redeem,
When, like our sires, our sons are gone.
Spirit, that made those spirits dare,
To die, and leave their children free,
Bid Time and Nature gently spare
The shaft we raise to them and thee.
We also know that history repeats itself; Americans are praying that the time is not now.
Notice that in the Second Amendment, there is no reference to what type of weapon or what the weapon’s purpose is except it is implied that the citizens may form a militia, which is a military force designed to put fear in the hearts of tyrannical politicians as noted in some of the quotes of our Founding Fathers:
No freeman shall ever be debarred the use of arms.
—Thomas Jefferson, 1776.
They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
—Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759.
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.
Co-author of the Second Amendment during Virginia’s Convention to Ratify the Constitution, 1788
The people are not to be disarmed of their weapons. They are left in full possession of them.
Elliot’s Debates, vol. 3 “The Debates in the Several State Conventions on the Adoption of the Federal Constitution.”
And that the said Constitution be never 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…
Quoted in the Philadelphia Independent Gazetteer, August 20, 1789, Propositions submitted to the Convention of this State
To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them.
—Richard Henry Lee, American Statesman, 1788
The great object is that every man be armed, and everyone who is able may have a gun.
—Patrick Henry, American Patriot
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
Americans have the right and advantage of being armed – unlike the citizens of other countries whose governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.
—James Madison, The Federalist Papers #46 at 243-244
As civil rulers not having their duty to the people before them, may attempt to tyrannize, and as the military forces which must be occasionally raised to defend our country, might pervert their power to the injury of their fellow citizens, the people are confirmed by the article in their right to keep and bear their private arms.
—Tench Coxe in Remarks on the First Part of the Amendments to the Federal Constitution, under the pseudonym, A Pennsylvanian, in the Philadelphia Federal Gazette, June 18, 1789 at 2 col. 1