Monday, October 15, 2007

Those Who Don't Know Their History...

We live in the information age. The internet has brought the world ever closer and has given the average person access to an unprecedented body of knowledge. However, the “law of unintended consequences” is still in full effect, so the information age has also brought us the MIS-information age as well.

This is especially true when it comes to the Second Amendment and the Right to Keep and Bear Arms in the United States. There is still a substantial portion of our population who ardently believes that the individual right to keep and bear arms is not protected by our Constitution. There is an even larger segment of our population that believes that Rights were GRANTED by the Constitution, not protected and affirmed by it. I find both points of view to be as unsupportable and incomprehensible as they are terrifying.

Below are five quotes from five of the Founders of the nation. Many are also Framers of our Constitution:

"Arms in the hands of citizens may be used at individual discretion... in private self-defense."
- John Adams

"The Constitution shall never be construed... to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms."
- Samuel Adams

"Are we at last brought to such humiliating and debasing degradation, that we cannot be trusted with arms for our defense?"
- Patrick Henry

"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

"Arms discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property... Horrid mischief would ensue were the law-abiding deprived of the use of them."
- Thomas Paine

Note all of them uphold the individual right to bear arms. This is why I find it incomprehensible that in this day and age the Brady Campaign can with a straight face lie to the public and state that an individual rights interpretation of the Second Amendment is “twisted”. What’s worse is many Americans believe them.

It’s also important to note that this point-of-view is not so radical. Let’s go back to the Greek Republic and see what their take was:

" Both oligarch and tyrant mistrust the people, and therefore deprive them of their arms."
- Aristotle

Sounds very familiar, doesn’t it? One of the greatest truisms in this world is “those who do not know their history are doomed to repeat it.” Disarmament of the populace is the pathway to tyranny – it always has been – it always will be. Yet a substantial portion of our populace seems to be more than ready to facilitate the transition from liberty to slavery.

Think about it...

Until next time!

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