Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Why We Need the Second Amendment

A lot of people these days seem to support only part of the Bill of Rights – thinking that the Second Amendment is an outdated chestnut of a bygone era. Nothing could be further from the truth. The 20th and 21st Centuries have shown us time and again that a populace unable to defend itself from a tyrannical government is doomed to remain under its control. One of the clearest examples today is the situation in Myanmar, where the house arrest of the leading pro-democracy advocate in the country has been extended yet again. A recent article on CNN online summarizes the plight of Suu Kyi and Myanmar quite well:

"Suu Kyi, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991, has become the face of the pro-democracy movement in Myanmar and the focus of a global campaign to free her.

"The country last held multiparty elections in 1990, but the regime ignored the results. Tuesday is the anniversary of that landslide victory by Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy party, Win said.

"Last year, the government came under intense international pressure after using force to suppress a pro-democracy movement.

"On Monday, Myanmar state media said that voters had overwhelmingly approved a draft constitution that strengthens the junta's rule."

Myanmar (Burma) last held free elections in 1990 after years of a military dictatorship. The pro-democracy party won roughly 80% of the seats, but the military regime annulled the results and has held power ever since... and if you believe the results of the latest "election" I've got a bridge to sell you.

This is yet another shining example of a strong central authority with a standing military using that military to tyrannically oppress a disarmed populace. Almost 20 years of peaceful protest have both domestically and abroad have accomplished nothing, zilch, zero. This is exactly the scenario the Framers feared, and that’s easily backed up with quotes from the Framers.

So the next time someone says the 2nd Amendment is for hunting, or "you don’t need a gun", or advocates stronger gun control because "we have an army and police to protect us" - educate them.

Until next time!!!

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