Dec 17 2009

Article the Second…

Minuteman

“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 United States of America are long overdue for a Second Revolution. It could be argued that the American Civil War was a revolution of sorts. Enough changed as a result of that war to support the claim (e.g., abolition of slavery, consolidated government). I’m not even sure whether a Second Revolution would require guns; I hope not because the way power is distributed today the People are at a clear disadvantage. While we claim to enjoy any number of  freedoms, the truth is that “We the People” have fastened a noose around our collective necks and handed the horse-whip to the government. This is not how it was supposed to be. We need to reclaim the ability to stand up for our rights, whether by ballot or barrel. If you think this is an extremist position then you should look into the mirror and introduce yourself to one of the brainwashed masses that have come to accept the current state as an acceptable substitute. Thomas Jefferson summed this up best when he wrote:

“When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.”

The second amendment to the Constitution states that citizens have an implicit right to own and bear firearms. This right was proposed by James Madison and later ratified by the 2nd United States Congress on December 15, 1791. While it is impossible to know with 100% certainty the intent and scope of this Second Amendment, the context is clear. Fifteen years earlier the Declaration of Independence stated:

“That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government”

The number of peaceful revolutions in history can be counted on one hand (well, okay… one hand of several people). We cannot hope to reclaim our lost freedoms if we cannot stand up against the police-state (discussed later). This is not to say that we should start fighting in the streets, absolutely not. The key is fear. The government should fear and respect its People. I have a good friend that once told me that the AR-15 is the legal modern-day equivalent of the 18th century musket. How do you think the government would react if every adult man and woman ordered one tomorrow? Would they sense a movement? Would there be a scramble for power? Would the government declare an emergency until they “got to the bottom of this problem”? You bet they would (conservatives and liberals alike).  No animal likes to be cornered and almost every politician in office today is a member of the same species. If everyone was armed, the revolution could take place and we wouldn’t even have to aim.  Sound too good to be true? Well, given today’s mentality that all true power should reside in the government’s hands… yes, it is too good to be true. We have castrated ourselves. It wasn’t one bloody cut though, it’s been hundreds of very small snips over hundreds of years. Most of us don’t even realize the boys are gone. We are much too complacent. If we don’t exercise our rights, we will lose them. We should never be content with the freedoms that remain but instead strive to reclaim those that were lost.

After a shooting spree, they always want to take the guns away from the people who didn’t do it. I sure as hell wouldn’t want to live in a society where the only people allowed guns are the police and the military.” – William S. Boroughs