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"When a strong man armed keeps his palace, his goods are in peace: But when a stronger than he shall come upon him, and overcome him, he takes from him all his armor wherein he trusted, and divides his spoils." - Jesus - Luke 11:21-22
Right To Bear Arms
Preserving Second Amendment Rights
Amendment II: 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.
The Second Amendment when read correctly, America has (1) a "regulated militia" for the "security of the state" AND (2) the "people have "the right ...to keep and bear Arms" and that "right" - "shall not be infringed."
Is Gun Ownership a Right? (PragerU) When the Founding Fathers wrote the Second Amendment to the Constitution, what did they intend? Were they securing a right of gun ownership for all Americans? Or were they just talking about the rights of small militias? Eugene Volokh, Professor of Law at UCLA and founder of The Volokh Conspiracy blog, provides a rigorous analysis that shows what the Founders really intended. (Excerpt: What was the word "Militia" understood as at the time of the Second Amendment? The Militia Act of 1792 defined the Militia as all white males between the ages of 18-45.) Watch the video here.
George Mason, Speech During Virginia's Convention to Ratify the Constitution, 1788 - "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."
Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Brown v. United States, 1921: "Many respectable writers agree that if a man reasonably believes that he is in immediate danger of death or grievous bodily harm from his assailant he may stand his ground and that if he kills him he has not exceeded the bounds of lawful self-defense. That has been the decision of this court."
The 2nd Amendment does NOT give us the right to keep and bear arms. -By Elisa Delaurenti - According to the Founders, the right to keep and bear arms comes with us into this world courtesy of "Nature's God". They called the rights listed in the 10 Amendments "unalienable rights", including the right to self defense and they specifically announced that "bearing arms" was included.
So the Founders wrote into the Constitution, by ten Amendments, some but not all of our unalienable rights. And that means that the Constitution does not give us those rights - it affirms them. It acknowledges that the people speaking through their several sovereign States in compact created the document to serve the purposes held common by the States.
The Federal government did not sign that Constitution, because it did not exist at the time the States signed it as their compact between equally sovereign States. The Constitution therefore is to protect those rights for every citizen. That is what it was created to do. That is what it is supposed to do. It does not "give" us those rights, it is to ensure that those rights are protected.
This right is from a higher source than mere man-made governments. It is unalienable. That means that the government is not authorized to take our rights, including the right listed in the 2nd Amendment. Our right to keep and bear arms is beyond question by any agency or branch of the Federal government. That is why, exactly why, the Federal government is having fits over this swelling State sovereignty movement and the Nullification movement. Once our States recall that they own the Federal government, the cat is out of the Federal bag and we the people will once again own and enjoy our beloved America.
We are ENDOWED (created with) by our creator (who or whatever that may be but it wasn't the federal government. I was not born in a test tube) with certain UNALIENABLE (You can't touch them) rights. AMONG THEM (not limited to) are LIFE, LIBERTY (self explanatory), and the PURSUIT (not guarantee) of HAPPINESS (defined by the individual).
See that's the thing about unalienable rights. You don't get to have an actionable opinion on them. You don't get to decide anything about them. They are unalienable. You didn't give them and you can't take them away.
God and Guns: What the Bible Says about the Second Amendment and the Right to Life - By Bethany Blankley - Exodus 22:2 instructs homeowners that they are not guilty of murder, (prohibited by the Sixth Commandment) if they kill a thief who is breaking and entering into their home or stealing his property. And throughout the Bible, using a weapon is required for self-defense. ...Jesus affirmed the Old Testament laws, and as was recorded by His disciple Luke, said, "When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own house, his possessions, are undisturbed" (Luke 11:21). ...Exodus 22:2 acts as the basis for U.S. law known as the Castle Doctrine. In 23 states, this doctrine includes "Stand Your Ground Laws," and in some states, both apply to a person's home office, vehicle or yard/land/property surrounding the home.
...Here is what some of the the Founders said about guns:
John Quincy Adams wrote specific instructions to his brother, Thomas, for educating and training his boys (George, age 9; John, age 7; and Charles, age 3). He wrote: "One of the things which I wish to have them taught – and which no man can teach better than you – is the use and management of firearms. This must undoubtedly be done with great caution, but it is customary among us – particularly when children are under the direction of ladies – to withhold it too much and too long from boys. The accidents which happen among children arise more frequently from their ignorance than from their misuse of weapons which they know to be dangerous."
Adams added that his brother take his sons out with him on shooting excursions to learn how a musket and pistol were built, how they worked, "the prudence in handling [them]" and to practice shooting firearms by "firing at a mark" to better their aim, accuracy and skill.
Richard Henry Lee, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, declared: "[T]o 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."
And Thomas Jefferson's advice to his 15-year-old nephew included: "In order to assure a certain progress in this reading, consider what hours you have free from the school and the exercises of the school. Give about two of them, every day, to exercise; for health must not be sacrificed to learning. A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercise, I advise the gun. While this gives a moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise, and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball, and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be the constant companion of your walks."
One of the original members of the U.S. Supreme Court, James Wilson, also a signer to the Declaration of Independence, explained that a man not defending his home was negligent: "Homicide is [required] when it is necessary for the defense of one's person or house ... Every man's house is deemed, by the law, to be his castle; and the law, while it invests him with this power; [places] on him the duty of the commanding officer [of his house]. "Every man's house is his castle ... and if anyone be robbed in it, it shall be esteemed his own default and negligence."
According to the Bible, men are required to protect themselves, their families, their homes, their possessions, and if they choose not to, they are negligent. The "right to bear arms" is not only a Constitutionally protected right but a biblical command. Christians are instructed not to commit murder, and only to kill if in the process of self-defense.
What Should We Do About Guns? (PragerU)The phrase “common sense gun control” gets tossed about constantly by Democrats, especially during election years. But what does it really mean? In this week’s video, Nicholas Johnson, Professor of Law at Fordham University, explains that, once you get past the platitudes about assault weapons and gun show sales, what most politicians really mean by “common sense gun control” is actually “gun confiscation.” Watch the video here to find out what has happened when gun confiscation laws were tried in other countries, and what that experience tells us about whether it could work in the United States.
Guns Don’t Kill People But Big Pharma Does (PersonalLiberty.com) - According to a study published in the journal PLoS One and based on the FDA’s Adverse Event Reporting System, the following mind-altering drugs are most frequently linked to violence:
UK police behind effort to ban knives to end ‘knife violence’ (PersonalLiberty.com) - If keeping people safe were the goal, the gun grabbers wouldn’t be focusing on so-called “assault weapons” as their weapon of choice to ban, but on banning items like clubs, hammers, hands, fists, feet, etc., and knives (not to mention mainstream medicine, which kills hundreds of thousands each year). That’s because, according to FBI crime statistics, those implements are used to commit murders far more often than so-called “assault weapons.” In fact, knives kill more than five times as many people in the United States as all rifles combined, a category that includes, but is not limited to, so-called “assault weapons”: 1,490 killed by knives compared to 285 killed by rifles in 2013.
DICK ACT of 1902 . . . CAN'T BE REPEALED (GUN CONTROL FORBIDDEN) The Trump Card Enacted by the Congress Further Asserting the Second Amendment as Untouchable - Re- Posted Juy 24, 2012 The Dick Act of 1902 also known as the Efficiency of Militia Bill H.R. 11654, of June 28, 1902 invalidates all so-called gun-control laws. It also divides the militia into three distinct and separate entities. The three classes H.R. 11654 provides for are the organized militia, henceforth known as the National Guard of the State, Territory and District of Columbia, the unorganized militia and the regular army. The militia encompasses every able-bodied male between the ages of 18 and 45. All members of the unorganized militia have the absolute personal right and 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms of any type, and as many as they can afford to buy. The Dick Act of 1902 cannot be repealed; to do so would violate bills of attainder and ex post facto laws which would be yet another gross violation of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
Bearing Arms - We don't shoot to 'kill.' We shoot to stay alive.
The Real World By Pat Mills (America's First Freedom) I AM A 68-YEAR-old widow who recently joined the NRA. I enjoy America's 1st Freedom magazine immensely. I pass it on to my neighbor in appreciation for retraining me to use my pistol for personal protection. Your articles on Michael Bloomberg’s $50 million effort to take away our Second Amendment-protected rights has intensified my belief that Mr. Bloomberg and his followers are foolish to think they can tell us, the American people, to put down our firearms ("Michael Bloomberg Will I haunt You In The Afterlife" June 2014). 1 suggest that Mr. Bloomberg and his wealthy followers get rid of their personal armed guards and live like the rest of us in the real world. We need our right to bear arms to protect ourselves from those intent on doing harm. Thank You for continuing to print such great articles.
Charley Reese (1937-2013) American syndicated columnist - "It is
both illogical and inconsistent for a government to say people have a right to
life and a right to self-defense but no right to own the tools necessary to
defend their lives. It is illogical for a government that says its police have
no obligation to provide individual protection to deny people the means to
protect themselves. It is immoral for a government that repeatedly releases
predators to prey on people to tell those victims they cannot have a weapon for
self-defense. It’s stupid for a government that can’t control criminals, drugs
or illegal immigrants to claim it can take guns away from criminals only if
honest folks will give up theirs.
Gun-control proposals are also an insult. Gun control by definition affects only honest people. When a politician tells you he wants to forbid you from owning a firearm or force you to get a license, he is telling you he doesn’t trust you. That’s an insult. The government trusted me with a M-48 tank and assorted small arms when it claimed to have need of my services. It trusts common Americans with all kinds of arms when it wants them to go kill foreigners somewhere—usually for the financial benefit of some corporations. But when the men and women take off their uniforms and return to their homes and assume responsibility for their own and their families’ safety, suddenly the politicians don’t trust them to own a gun. This is pure elitism. ... Gun control is not about guns or crime. It is about an elite that fears and despises the common people."
New Jersey woman delivers a lesson on the 2nd Amendment to elected officials Nora Craig doesn’t beat around the bush as she explains to these elected officials what their job is with respect to the Constitution and the 2nd Amendment.
Gun Safety Resources
o Book: Keeping Your Family Safe: The Responsibilities of Firearm Ownership
o Book: Gun-Proof Your Children!
o Web: FIREARM SAFETY RESOURCE FOR ALL - Storing Firearms Safely, Proper Gun Maintenance, Safe Hunting Practices, How to Stay Safe in the Woods
Second Amendment Resources
"The ultimate authority ... resides in the people alone. ... The advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation ... forms a barrier against the enterprises of ambition."--James Madison, Federalist 46 -- Primary Author of the U. S. Constitution
"No free government was ever founded or ever preserved its liberty, without uniting the characters of the citizen and soldier in those destined for the defence of the state.... Such are a well regulated militia, composed of the freeholders, citizen and husbandman, who take up arms to preserve their property, as individuals, and their rights as freemen." --Josiah Quincy, Jr., Thoughts on Standing Armies, 1774
"The Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia, and to use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home." Justice Antonin Scalia in the 5-4 majority opinion in District of Columbia v. Heller.
"Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom of Europe. 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 that can be, on any pretence, raised in the United States." --Noah Webster, An Examination of the Leading Principles of the Federal Constitution, 1787
"Laws that forbid the carrying of arms ... disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes... Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man." --Cesare Beccaria, On Crimes and Punishment, quoted by Thomas Jefferson in Commonplace Book, 1774-1776
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, “Thoughts on Defensive War,” 1775
The Day When You Were Fined for NOT Owning a Gun - by Common Constitutionalist - Up here in the Northeast, most of the states are either full on radical leftism or headed that way in a big hurry. When I came to New Hampshire from Georgia, it was truly an island of conservatism in a sewer of liberalism, surrounded on all sides. Unfortunately the once proudly red state is now blue, succumbing to the influence of its liberal neighbors. Thankfully, thus far, the state hasn’t begun adopting restrictive gun laws like its neighbors, particularly Massachusetts and Connecticut, but I fear that is just a few years down the road, maybe less.
"Besides the advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation, the existence of subordinate governments, to which the people are attached and by which the militia officers are appointed, forms a barrier against the enterprises of ambition, more insurmountable than any which a simple government of any form can admit of." --Primary author of the U. S. Constitution James Madison, Federalist No. 46
"[T]he people are not to be disarmed of their weapons. They are left in full possession of them." --Zacharia Johnson, speech in the Virginia Ratifying Convention, 1788
Justice Joseph Story, appointed to the Supreme Court by James Madison (our Constitution's principal author), wrote in his "Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States" (1833), "The right of the citizens to keep and bear arms has justly been considered, as the palladium of the liberties of the republic; since it offers a strong moral check against usurpation and arbitrary power of the rulers; and will generally, even if these are successful in the first instance, enable the people to resist and triumph over them."
David Kopel - Many anti-gun and anti-self defense activists have long used the Bible to push their pacifist agenda. In truth, the assertion that the New Testament compels pacifism is an extraordinary weak argument.
Part 1 - Is the Best Defense a Good Book (pdf) by David Kopel
Part 2 - The Torah and Self Defense (pdf) by David Kpoel
Bible and Gun Control by Patrick and John Henry
And he (Jesus) said unto them, When I sent you without purse, and scrip, and shoes, lacked ye any thing? And they said, Nothing. Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one. For I say unto you, that this that is written must yet be accomplished in me, And he was reckoned among the transgressors: for the things concerning me have an end. And they said, Lord, behold, here are two swords. And he said unto them, It is enough. Luke 22:35-38
FIREARMS REFRESHER COURSE (Click here
"Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not." ~ Thomas Jefferson
1. An armed man is a citizen. An unarmed man is a subject.
2. A gun in the hand is better than a cop on the phone.
3. Colt: The original point and click interface.
4. Gun control is not about guns; it's about control.
5. If guns are outlawed, can we use swords?
6. If guns cause crime, then pencils cause misspelled words.
7. Free men do not ask permission to bear arms.
8. If you don't know your rights, you don't have any.
9. Those who trade liberty for security have neither.
10. The United States Constitution (c)1791. All Rights Reserved.
11. What part of "shall not be infringed" do you not understand?
12. The Second Amendment is in place in case the politicians ignore the others.
13. 64,999,987 firearms owners killed no one yesterday.
14. Guns only have two enemies; rust and politicians.
15. Know guns, know peace, know safety. No guns, no peace, no safety.
16. You don't shoot to kill; you shoot to stay alive.
17. 911: Government sponsored Dial-a-Prayer.
18. Assault is a behavior, not a device.
19. Criminals love gun control; it makes their jobs safer.
20. If guns cause crime, then matches cause arson.
21. Only a government that is afraid of its citizens tries to control them.
22. You have only the rights you are willing to fight for.
23. Enforce the gun control laws we ALREADY have; don't make more.
24. When you remove the people's right to bear arms, you create slaves.
25. The American Revolution would never have happened with gun control.
26. Gun-control advocates vote, do gun owners?
"[W]hen the resolution of enslaving America was formed in Great Britain, the British Parliament was advised by an artful man, - who was governor of Pennsylvania, to disarm the people; that it was the best and most effectual way to enslave them; but that they should not do it openly, but weaken them, and let them sink gradually, by totally disusing and neglecting the militia."--George Mason, speech in the Virginia Ratifying Convention, 14 June 1778
There is no First Amendment without a Second Amendment By Alan Caruba When we celebrate the Fourth of July, let's keep in mind that the first Americans won their independence from England with the force of arms. It was, in fact, a British effort in 1775 to confiscate military arms they believed were stored in Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts that sparked the war. The Founding Fathers were so aware of the need for an armed citizenry that, after ensuring freedom of religion, speech, press and the right to peacefully assemble in the First Amendment, the Second guaranteed their right to bear arms. Wherever authoritarian regimes were established in the last century, they took away this right and then proceeded to kill those deemed enemies of the state. At this point in American history, the Obama administration constitutes a threat to the Constitution in general and the Second Amendment in particular. More than 80,000,000 Americans are gun owners. Two of the organizations that have been fighting to protect these rights are the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) and the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA), both led by Alan M. Gottlieb. Three quarters of the SAF budget is devoted to defending rights pertaining to the ownership of guns and to carry them for self-defense.
From the Horses' Mouths: The "Politically Correct" View of Our Founders Robert G. Heinritz, Jr. J.D. - 250 years of gun quotes you need to read, remember and repeat...
The organization Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership produced a 2009 video showing that gun control began in the U.S. to prevent freed slaves from buying guns. Introducing the video, Ralph Conner from the Congress for Racial Equality in Chicago notes that "by definition, a slave is a person that is disarmed." As a Florida judge said in 1941, gun control was "never intended to apply to white people." According to JPFO, the updated 1968 Gun Control Act, which followed the racial riots of that year, was mostly copied from the Nazi gun control laws that kept the Jews disarmed, hence the creation of that modern Jewish defense organization.
Gun Laws, Culture, Justice & Crime In Foreign Countries (NRA-ILA) Do other countries all have more restrictive gun laws and lower violent crime rates than the U.S.? How do U.S. and other countries` crime trends compare? What societal factors affect crime rates?
Gun and Firearms Laws, Justice, Culture and Crime in Foreign Countries (Gunslot) We have been often asked if other countries have more revealing and restrictive gun laws leading to a lower violent crime rate than the United States of America? We therefore, have compiled the laws, justice, culture and crime rates in foreign countries in order to determine how the trends compare and potentially assess what societal factors affect crime rates.
Fables, Myths & Other Tall Tales about Gun Laws, Crime and Constitutional Rights (NRA-ILA)
"With hearts fortified with these animating reflections, we most solemnly, before God and the world, declare, that, exerting the utmost energy of those powers, which our beneficent Creator hath graciously bestowed upon us, the arms we have compelled by our enemies to assume, we will, in defiance of every hazard, with unabating firmness and perseverance employ for the preservation of our liberties; being with one mind resolved to die freemen rather than to live as slaves." --John Dickinson & Thomas Jefferson, Declaration of the Cause and Necessity of Taking up Arms, 1775
According to historian Joyce Lee Malcolm, author of "Gun Control in England: The Tarnished Gold Standard, Journal on Firearms & Public Policy, 2004" [Between 1997 and 2003] crimes with [banned firearms] "more than doubled" Clearly, since the ban, criminals have not found it difficult to get guns and the balance has not shifted in the interest of public safety. "In the four years from 1997 to 2001 the rate of violent crime more than doubled. The UK murder rate for 2002 was the highest for a century."
In a January 2004 article, Susan Jones, the CNSNews.com Morning Editor, reported that "Chicago finished off the year with more murders than New York or Los Angeles," noting that Second Amendment Foundation founder Alan Gottlieb said it was "remarkable that Chicago, New York and Los Angeles have some of the nation's strictest gun laws, but even so, they still lead the nation when it comes to the number of homicides." He compared the situation in Chicago to that in Detroit, where the once-high murder rate has dropped to its lowest level in years. "Two years ago," Gottlieb noted, "Michigan reformed its concealed carry law, and today, thousands of law-abiding citizens in Michigan are legally armed."
Gun owners in Australia were forced to surrender over 640,000 personal firearms, which were destroyed by their government, at a cost of more than $500 million dollars. After one year, Australia-wide, homicides were up 3.2 percent, assaults were up 8.6 percent, and Australia-wide, armed robberies were up 44 percent. (Note: while the law-abiding citizens turned them in, the criminals did not, and criminals still possess their guns!) While figures over the previous 25 years showed a steady decrease in armed robbery with firearms, this changed drastically upward in the past 12 months, since the criminals now are guaranteed that their prey is unarmed. And, there has been a dramatic increase in break-ins and assaults of the elderly. CNSNews.com reported, "Australian politicians are at a loss to explain how public safety has decreased, after such monumental effort and expense was expended in 'successfully ridding Australian society of guns.'"
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