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Friday, June 11, 2010

JOEL SWANSON: BEARING ARMS

 

I am certainly not a “Constitutional Scholar”, or anything close to it; but I do know that the Second Amendment to our Constitution gives us, the Citizens of the United States, “The right to keep and bear arms!” And, I also feel that I have read enough about our founding fathers to have a pretty good understanding of just what they meant by that precious phrase. Most of them made it very clear.

 

The man himself, Thomas Jefferson, said, ”No man shall ever be debarred the use of arms, the strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.” Jefferson got even more explicit when he said, “And what country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not reminded, from time to time, that the people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms” Jefferson added, “the tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”

 

James Madison wrote, “The Constitution preserves the advantage of being armed which Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation, where the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.”

 

Alexander Hamilton said in Federalist Paper #28; “If the representatives of the people betray their constituents, there is no recourse left but in the exertion of that original right of self-defense which is paramount to all forms of positive government.”

 

Richard Henry Lee wrote, “To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them”.

 

Even Noah Webster understood the need for the Second Amendment when he said; “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.”

 

And, last, but certainly not least; George Washington wrote, “Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself. They are the American people’s Liberty Teeth and Keystone under independence.”

 

The bottom line is…that the debate over whether or not the citizens of the United States should have the right to keep and bear arms, was settled, once and for all time, over 230 years ago.

 

Our forefathers did not give us the Second Amendment so that we could go deer and duck hunting, but rather, so that we could protect ourselves against tyranny in government! We the people, must never, never, NEVER, allow our government to take  that right, that power, that precious safeguard of liberty, away from us.

 

God Bless our Constitution, and God Bless the United States of America.

 

I’m Joel Swanson, and that is my comment for today.

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