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 The 2nd assures the 1st

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PostSubject: The 2nd assures the 1st   Mon May 04, 2009 1:35 pm

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.~2nd Amendment


Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.~1st Amendment


Today's post will be long, however it is a subject I have not given much attention to yet and one that I believe is very important. The right of a free people to keep and bear Arms has been the backdrop for debates too numerous to count in this country. When I lived in Europe I had that same debate with folks there. The idea of We the People owning firearms seems to cause some folks heartburn. Here is the rub for those folks, it is our right to purchase and own firearms, if we are not mentally unstable or violent or a convicted felon.

I do believe in the right of a free people to keep and bear arms, I am a member of the NRA and know how to operate firearms. To be honest though the 2nd amendment has not always been at the top of my priority list, and when I was younger I often times questioned if indeed the right to bear arms was a sane amendment. But if we are lucky with age comes wisdom and in the last 15 years or so I have come to understand that gun laws do not equate low crime rates. I have also realized that throughout history in order for totalitarianism to take hold that the population must be unarmed.

What is often lost in the discussions about the right to bear arms is that gun control laws only effect law abiding citizens. It never impacts the criminals or those who would seek to harm others. Even when tragedies happen like school shootings, mass killings, etc...gun control laws do not keep those from happening. However, it is less likely to happen if the bad guys know that anyone in the populace of their target could be armed. So maybe by now you are wondering where I am headed with this topic, which I am fully aware is controversial. I wanted to let you folks know some of the behind the scenes things taking place with regards to our 2nd Amendment rights.

Here is the 2nd Amendment thoughts of our new administration (HT: Cocked and Loaded and Wayne LaPierre):

Its legislative goals included permanently reinstating the Clinton gun bans, banning sale or transfer of firearms between private citizens (at gun shows and presumably anywhere else), and requiring that handguns be “childproofed” through nonexistent technology that, even if developed, would make them prohibitively expensive and far less reliable.

And here are what key folks in the administration believe regarding our 2nd Amendment Rights:

Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel worked as President Bill Clinton’s point man on gun control. When Clinton administratively outlawed imports of many firearms and accessories, Emanuel bragged, “We’re bending the law as far as we can to ban an entirely new class of guns.” After leaving the Clinton White House, Emanuel went on to make gun bans his stock in trade as a congressman from the anti-gun mecca of Illinois. There, he co-sponsored a bill to extend and expand the Clinton gun ban and repeatedly voted to expose America’s firearms industry to bankrupting, politically motivated lawsuits.

Attorney General Eric Holder served as deputy attorney general under Clinton, where he tried to make you get a government-issued license to exercise your Second Amendment rights. He also pushed mandatory waiting periods, “one-gun-a-month” rationing of your rights, mandatory trigger-lock regimes and bans on ammunition magazines. As signer of a “friend of the court” brief defending the D.C. gun ban before the U.S. Supreme Court, Eric Holder believes that -- as his own Justice Department under Janet Reno asserted -- “the Second Amendment does not extend an individual right to keep and bear arms.”

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton advocated gun bans long before she even assumed elective office. She helped organize the 2000 “Million Mom March,” and said of the protesters, “The moms have it right: we have to license and register all handguns.” During her first run for the U.S. Senate, Clinton proposed that gun purchasers should be required to pass tests to obtain licenses; that all gun sales be recorded in a national registry; that new guns be logged in a “ballistic database”; that the Consumer Products Safety Commission regulate guns; and that gun purchasers be limited to one per month.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan was named “Man of the Year” by the Illinois gun-ban lobby last year, and upon his appointment in the White House, the Brady Campaign called him a “wonderful selection” for the job. Their praise is telling.As the superintendent of Chicago Public Schools, Duncan last year bused Chicago schoolchildren to the state capital -- at taxpayer expense -- to serve as props for lobbyists pushing gun control in the state. He urged schools to have students submit entries in the annual Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence “Essay, Poetry and Art Contest.”

Regulatory Czar Cass Sunstein has a long record as a radical animal “rights” advocate. In a speech at Harvard, Sunstein said, “We ought to ban hunting, if there isn’t a purpose other than sport and fun. That should be against the law. It’s time now.”Sunstein has also said that livestock and wild animals should have legal “rights” and be permitted to file lawsuit; that current uses of animals are akin to “human slavery”; and that meat eating should be eliminated.

Here are the thoughts of some of history's worst and most brutal regimes on the right of a free people to bear arms:

"The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to allow the subjected people to carry arms; history shows that all conquerors who have allowed their subjected people to carry arms have prepared their own fall." - Adolf Hitler

"1935 will go down in History! For the first time, a civilized nation has full gun registration! Our streets will be safer, our police more efficient and the world will follow our lead to the future!" - Adolf Hitler

"If the opposition (citizen) disarms, well and good. If it refuses to disarm, we shall disarm it ourselves."
- Josef Stalin

"Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun."
- Mao Tse-tung

Here is the last little bit of historical facts about governments that disarm their populaces (HT:Richard Poe):

Turkey established gun control in 1911. * From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

The Soviet Union established gun control in 1929. * From 1929 to 1953, 20 million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

China established gun control in 1935. * From 1948 to 1952, 20 million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

Germany established gun control in 1938. * From 1939 to 1945, 13 million Jews, Catholics, Gypsies, socialists, homosexuals, trade unionists, disabled and mentally ill people, and other "mongrelized peoples," unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

Cambodia established gun control in 1956. * From 1975 to 1977, 1 million "educated people," unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

Guatemala established gun control in 1964. * From 1964 to 1981, 100,000 Mayan Indians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

Uganda established gun control in 1970. * From 1971 to 1979, 300,000 Christians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

In closing; while I am aware that there has always been a tremendous amount of debate about the 2nd Amendment and not all of it from the far left and the far right, I am also quite aware that without the 2nd Amendment the 1st Amendment would not still be in existence, because history has brutally proven that time and time again.
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