Why Defend the Second Amendment?

Why Defend the Second Amendment?

Created by DSM Local on Feb 4, 2013

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It's the right thing to do

Individual rights & Liberties

Way to defend ourselves and our families

Counter to usurpation & arbitrary power of rulers

You will never eliminate evil by legislation

An oppressive government

Worst HumanTragedies by Government against unarmed

Native Americans & mass murder of their people

Hitler’s 1ststep was the confiscation of firearms

We should not, REPEAL IT!!!

DSM Local

Ankeny, IA

#1 Feb 4, 2013
STUMPTALK: Why defend the Second Amendment?
By John Patterson
Chronicle contributor The Crossville Chronicle Mon Feb 04, 2013, 12:48 PM CST

CROSSVILLE — One hundred twenty-two years ago, on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, 297 Sioux Indians were killed at Wounded Knee Creek by federal agents and members of the 7th Cavalry who had come to confiscate their firearms “for their own safety and protection.” The slaughter began after the majority of the Sioux had already peacefully turned in their few firearms. Two thirds of those murdered were women and children. Wounded Knee was among the first federally backed gun confiscation attempts in United States history.

Today a lot of people are preparing to jump on the emotionally charged bandwagon for gun-control. For some activists it’s a matter of “a good crisis is a terrible thing to waste,” and for those folks it’s more about control than it is about guns.

However, we all should take a moment to reflect on the real purpose of the Second Amendment, the right of the people to take up arms in defense of themselves, their families, and property in the face of invading armies or an oppressive government. The argument that the Second Amendment only applies to hunting and target shooting is asinine. When our Constitution was drafted hunting was a chore carried out to put meat on the table, and target shooting was unheard of as musket balls were a precious commodity not to be wasted shooting at targets. The Second Amendment was written by people who fled oppressive and tyrannical governments in Europe, and refers to the right of American citizens to be armed for the purpose of defense should such tyranny rise in the United States.

Both good and evil exist in our world. It always has and always will. You will never eliminate evil by legislation. Good people will abide by the law; evil people will always find a way around it. Evil exists all around us, but if you look back at the historical record of the past 200 years you will most often find evil in the hands of governments. The greatest human tragedies on record and the largest loss of innocent human life can be attributed to governments who target “enemies” within their own borders AFTER they have been disarmed. Ask any Native American, and they will tell you it was lack of arms that contributed to the mass murder of their people. Hitler’s first step was the confiscation of firearms from the people prior to his attempted extinction of all Jews in the Holocaust.

Wounded Knee is a prime example of why the Second Amendment exists, and why we must defend the Second Amendment. Without our right to bear arms as guaranteed by the Second Amendment we would have no way to defend ourselves and our families.

“The right of the citizens to keep and bear arms has justly been considered, as the palladium of the liberties of a republic; since it offers a strong moral check against the usurpation and arbitrary power of rulers; and will generally, even if these are successful in the first instance, enable the people to resist and triumph over them.” Honorable Joseph Story, US Supreme Court Justice (1811-45)

http://crossville-chronicle.com/opinion/x1633...
DSM Local

Ankeny, IA

#2 Feb 4, 2013
STUMPTALK: Why defend the Second Amendment?

CROSSVILLE — One hundred twenty-two years ago, on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, 297 Sioux Indians were killed at Wounded Knee Creek by federal agents and members of the 7th Cavalry who had come to confiscate their firearms “for their own safety and protection.” The slaughter began after the majority of the Sioux had already peacefully turned in their few firearms. Two thirds of those murdered were women and children. Wounded Knee was among the first federally backed gun confiscation attempts in United States history.

Today a lot of people are preparing to jump on the emotionally charged bandwagon for gun-control. For some activists it’s a matter of “a good crisis is a terrible thing to waste,” and for those folks it’s more about control than it is about guns.

However, we all should take a moment to reflect on the real purpose of the Second Amendment, the right of the people to take up arms in defense of themselves, their families, and property in the face of invading armies or an oppressive government. The argument that the Second Amendment only applies to hunting and target shooting is asinine. When our Constitution was drafted hunting was a chore carried out to put meat on the table, and target shooting was unheard of as musket balls were a precious commodity not to be wasted shooting at targets. The Second Amendment was written by people who fled oppressive and tyrannical governments in Europe, and refers to the right of American citizens to be armed for the purpose of defense should such tyranny rise in the United States.

Both good and evil exist in our world. It always has and always will. You will never eliminate evil by legislation. Good people will abide by the law; evil people will always find a way around it. Evil exists all around us, but if you look back at the historical record of the past 200 years you will most often find evil in the hands of governments. The greatest human tragedies on record and the largest loss of innocent human life can be attributed to governments who target “enemies” within their own borders AFTER they have been disarmed. Ask any Native American, and they will tell you it was lack of arms that contributed to the mass murder of their people. Hitler’s first step was the confiscation of firearms from the people prior to his attempted extinction of all Jews in the Holocaust.

Wounded Knee is a prime example of why the Second Amendment exists, and why we must defend the Second Amendment. Without our right to bear arms as guaranteed by the Second Amendment we would have no way to defend ourselves and our families.

“The right of the citizens to keep and bear arms has justly been considered, as the palladium of the liberties of a republic; since it offers a strong moral check against the usurpation and arbitrary power of rulers; and will generally, even if these are successful in the first instance, enable the people to resist and triumph over them.” Honorable Joseph Story, US Supreme Court Justice (1811-45)

http://crossville-chronicle.com/opinion/x1633...
Gun control through years

Ankeny, IA

#3 Feb 4, 2013
Gun control through the years
By Phillip Chesser
Chronicle contributor The Crossville Chronicle Mon Jan 28, 2013, 02:41 PM CST

CROSSVILLE — Fifty years ago this November, Lee Harvey Oswald used a mail order, military style, bolt action Carcano rifle equipped with a scope to murder President John F. Kennedy. Earlier that year, using the same rifle Oswald had taken a shot at General Edwin Walker, called a right wing extremist by the media, and missed. According to Gerald Posner’s Case Closed, which chronicles Oswald’s life and the Kennedy assassination, former Marine marksman Oswald had practiced with the rifle many times at an abandoned gravel pit.

Like most bolt action military rifles manufactured for infantry use, the inexpensive Carcano was an accurate and effective weapon in practiced hands. Oswald bought the rifle and scope by mail order for about $16.50.

Predictably, immediately after the assassination the gun control crowd blamed the rifle and bemoaned the fact that it was so easily available through mail order. As a result, not long after the assassination Congress passed and the president signed a law prohibiting such mail order gun purchases. Rifles could (and still can) be bought by mail order, but the law requires that they be delivered to local gun dealers and picked up there by buyers.

Incidentally, bolt action military rifles like the Carcano, for example, the popular Mouser 8mm K-98 and the .30-06 Springfield, originally designed to be assault weapons for soldiers, have been modified over the years for hunting.“Sporterized”.30-06 Springfield rifles were once very common (the father of one of my childhood friends had one and used it often to hunt deer). The K-98 Mouser action has also been very popular with hunters and in practiced hands can take down a 600 pound elk at some distance. Magazine capacity is limited; five rounds for the K-98, but practiced, skilled riflemen with plentiful supplies of five round stripper clips can load and fire very rapidly. German soldiers used the rifle to great effect in both world wars. And of course Tennessee sharpshooter Sgt. Alvin York used the bolt action Springfield rifle in World War I to kill enemy machine gunners. He also used the venerable seven round semi automatic 1911 .45 caliber pistol to kill more German soldiers.

In 1966, armed with a high powered 6 mm hunting rifle, University of Texas engineering student Charles Whitman barricaded himself atop the Texas Tower at the University in Austin, then shot and killed sixteen people and wounded thirty-two others. The rifle and ammunition had been purchased legally. And the people killed by Whitman’s limited magazine capacity hunting rifle were just as dead as those killed more recently by weapons with high capacity magazines. Like Oswald, Whitman was a former Marine.

After Whitman was killed by courageous police officers, an autopsy of his remains revealed a brain tumor. Further investigation uncovered information that he had told a doctor he felt like killing people. In any event, the mail order gun purchasing prohibition didn’t stop Whitman.

Sometime later gun control fanatics shifted their attention to handguns, saying things like “Handguns have no use but killing people.” One could buy long guns off the rack in gun stores without a background check, but in Maryland where I lived in the 1980s and 1990s and also in other states, buyers had to wait a week before picking up handguns they had purchased. Some states prohibited handgun purchases by out of state buyers. In addition, at that time Maryland had strict rules about carrying handguns in vehicles: they had to be unloaded and out of the driver’s reach and could only be carried to and from shooting ranges. None of these laws kept Baltimore from being among those big American cities with the highest murder rates, but legislators and gun controllers felt good about making life inconvenient for law abiding gun owners.
Gun control through years

Ankeny, IA

#4 Feb 4, 2013
Later on in the 1980s gun control enthusiasts developed an obsession with “Saturday night specials,” inexpensive handguns then widely used by robbers and muggers. In Maryland a Saturday night special law was passed over the objection of self defense advocates, and gun controllers once again felt warm and fuzzy.

Gun controllers’ current obsession with assault rifles began in the 1990s and was followed by the assault weapons ban, which had no effect on gun violence. In fact one of the nation’s murder capitals and also the President’s hometown is Chicago, where most of the killing is done not with assault weapons but with handguns.

As for assault weapons, any firearm can be used to assault people, just as any knife can be used to stab people, but rifles with beautifully polished wooden stocks and pretty blued barrels don’t look as menacing to clueless gun control advocates as do semi-automatic AK knock offs or .223 caliber AR-15s, some of which to me look like Mattel high capacity squirt guns.

In the early years of the 2000’s, driven around by his mentor John Allen Muhammad, teenage DC sniper Lee Boyd Malvo used a .223 Bushmaster to murder nine innocent citizens and wound three others. The Bushmaster can carry a high capacity magazine, but he could have been just as murderous with any hunting rifle, for he never took more than one or two shots from his hiding place in the trunk of their modified sedan. Killers with a will and a plan will not be deterred by laws that ban ugly weapons with high capacity magazines.

But the call for banning assault weapons and high capacity magazines has nothing to do with saving lives and everything to do with disarming law abiding citizens. It’s the camel’s nose in the tent. Using phrases such as “No hunter needs a thirty round magazine,” gun controllers hope to turn public opinion towards more restrictive laws. When a new gun ban doesn’t work, they will then push for more restrictions. Dishonest protests to the contrary, their true goal is the abolition of private gun ownership. They have an irrational fear of law abiding gun owners, not because they fear for their safety, but because law abiding gun owners show a sense of independence that threatens the gun controllers’ religious attachment to and their worship of the all powerful government.

http://crossville-chronicle.com/opinion/x1303...
Comrade Slew

Ankeny, IA

#5 Feb 4, 2013
Much better to Repeal
DSM Local

Ankeny, IA

#6 Feb 5, 2013
Comrade Slew wrote:
Much better to Repeal
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