Sunday, July 24, 2016

The Second Amendment - 27 Words That Define a Nation

"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."

27 words.

In the USA, these are 27 of the most important words ever written.  27 words that ensure the ability of an armed rebel force to fight for Freedom against those who would attempt to enslave us. 27 words that separate us from every other Nation on this planet we call home.  27 words that protect the other 7591 words in the Constitution and Bill of Rights of these United States of America.  27 words that men and women of this great Country are ready, willing and able to live for, to fight for and to die for.  27 words that whisper menacingly..." we will not go gently into that good night".

27 words.

Those 27 words evoke more words... Strong.  Spirit.  Flag.  Noble. Fearless.  Stoic.  Honor.  Liberty.  Integrity.  Independence.  Brave. Preserve.  Defend.  Fight.  Rebel.  Loyalty.  Timeless.

The simplicity of the Second Amendment is in its wording.  There are no extraneous or superfluous words or reasoning.  It is bare bones, austere and elegant in its simple message.

"A well-regulated militia,"  as defined in parlance from 1789, meant a civilian military force, using arms in working order, functioning as expected"being necessary to the security of a free State," States were expected to defend themselves against a tyrannical government militia, "the Right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."  To ensure the people's ability to form the civilian militia, the people's Right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed upon by the very government they may have to defend against.

Those who suggest the Founders had no idea what kind of
Weaponry would be available in the future, are quite correct.  And due to this inability to see into the future, the Founders did not restrict the arms the People could keep and bear.  They understood that warfare and its machinations change, morph and advance, and by leaving the Second Amendment without restrictions, the People would always have access to the arms of the military they may be forced to defend against, allowing the People to fight against the very tyranny the Founding Fathers had just faced... and defeated.

In truth, the Second Amendment is much more than the sum of its words, it is the line of demarcation for a way of life as defined by either the Left or the Right.

Say "Second Amendment" to a Liberal and it isn't just about guns, its about a perceived lifestyle that is a complete 180 degrees away from their beliefs.  Their thoughts might look like this - Rednecks, Christians, Beer, Rural, Stupid, Conservative, Backwards, Selfish, Thoughtless, Racist, Bigot, Hater, Wingnut.

If a Liberal brings up the Second Amendment, a gun owner might immediately think - Lefty, Socialist, Godless, Safe Space, Trigger Words, Racist, Bigot, Liberal, Self-Righteous, Arrogant, Pompous, Wealth Sharing, Free College, Free Healthcare, Libtard.

In the end, protecting the Second Amendment is truly the defense
of our Country, our history, our National pride, our individuality, our personal freedoms... our very way of life.

Come this November, America is going to be defined by the voters of this Country.  The next President will load the Supreme Court with either Constitutional Justices who will research and understand the intent of the original framers, or Liberal activist Justices who believe our Constitution and our way of life is a thing of the past and rule accordingly - and these Justices will hold sway over our Rights for decades to come.

The Second Amendment is the touchstone of our Constitution and the base that all other Amendments stand firm upon.  If the Second Amendment should fall, the rest will follow, tumbling our Country and our American way of life into the basement of history, the trapdoor slamming shut, never to be seen or heard from again.

This cannot be allowed.

"I want to die a slave to principles, not men."
"I'd rather die on my feet than to live on my knees."
- Emiliano Zapata

Stay Safe and Carry Responsibly

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