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The Use of Arms…

Gun-control activists refuse to acknowledge any argument for individual gun ownership… that utilizes original intent of the Second Amendment.  To them, gun ownership is a “cult,” “obsession,” or “fetish.”  They either dismiss or disparage the Framers and their motivations.

They knew what they were doing.

They absolutely refuse to accept the notion of gun ownership as a safeguard against tyranny…. Americans are so conditioned to the heavy hand of the state, infringements on personal freedoms are acceptable providing the appropriate level of positive liberty coincides with the subtraction. Privileges granted by the state are seen as a universal good.

Maybe there’s hope

Americans currently have such a narrow understanding of libertyindiscriminate sexual behavior, risque literature and music, and unfettered access to marijuana seem to be all recent generations truly seem passionate about.   The freedoms protected by the Bill of Rights are lost on them…

Tench Coxe, a Founder few if any millennials would bother reading… explained the need for personal gun ownership- and it was not neo-Freudian mumbo jumbo…

“As civil rulers, not having their duty to the people before them, may attempt to tyrannize, and as the military forces which must be occasionally raised to defend our country, might pervert their power to the injury of their fellow citizens, the people are confirmed by the article in their right to keep and bear their private arms.”

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Hamilton was more direct in Federalist #28-

“If the representatives of the people betray their constituents, there is then no recourse left but in the exertion of that original right of self-defense which is paramount to all positive forms of government, and which against the usurpations of the national rulers may be exerted with infinitely better prospect of success than against those of the rulers of an individual State. In a single State, if the persons entrusted with supreme power become usurpers, the different parcels, subdivisions, or districts of which it consists, having no distinct government in each, can take no regular measures for defense. The citizens must rush tumultuously to arms, without concert, without system, without resource; except in their courage and despair.”

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Defense of Citizenry

Fans of the musical “Hamilton” enjoy hearing the Framer rap… about issues dealing with our Constitution.  A novel approach that has undoubtedly peaked the interest of the notoriously cynical millennial generation.

 

Practically Historical encourages young audiences to read Hamilton… as his political writings are some of the most valuable in the American canon.

I do more than rap

I do more than rap

Americans have granted power to a most dangerous demagogue… and he appears willing to sacrifice almost anything for what he defines as “security.”   Hamilton cautioned his people in Federalist #8

 

“But in a country, where the perpetual menacings of danger oblige the government to be always prepared to repel it, her armies must be numerous enough for instant defence. The continual necessity for his services enhances the importance of the soldier, and proportionally degrades the condition of the citizen. The military state becomes elevated above the civil. The inhabitants of territories often the theatre of war, are unavoidably subjected to frequent infringements on their rights, which serve to weaken their sense of those rights; and by degrees, the people are brought to consider the soldiery not only as their protectors, but as their superiors.”

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Majorities are Often Wrong

Civil discourse has degenerated into economic coercion and media histrionics… policies will be made by irrational actors feeding on raw emotion and needy celebrities seeking acclaim;  coercion rather than debate, compromise, and good policy.

 

**It is never advisable to enact policy which makes law abiding citizens, criminals. 

 

Leave it to the Englishman, John Stuart Mill to explain what liberty in America really means:

“…one very simple principle, as entitled to govern absolutely the dealings of society with the individual in the way of compulsion and control, whether the means used be physical force in the form of legal penalties, or the moral coercion of public opinion. That principle is, that the sole end for which mankind are warranted, individually or collectively, in interfering with the liberty of action of any of their number, is self-protection”

“One person with a belief is equal to a force of ninety-nine who have only interests.”

 

The folly of this gun debate is the belief building a majority makes an opinion “right”….. Mill astutely points out that majorities are often wrong– individuals cannot be forced to follow suit.

 

“Over himself, over his own body and mind, the individual is sovereign.”

 

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About the Militia…

The opening clause of the Second Amendment misleads anti-gun… groups about the original intent of the Framers.  In many ways, the amendment is contradictory, first establishing a collective need only to qualify that necessity with individual protections of negative liberty.   Modern opponents of the Second Amendment refuse to separate the concept of an armed populace from compulsory military service.

If only there were some Constitutional reference we could consult….

Wait! 

There’s no song here

Definitely not included in the musical is Hamilton’s explanation of individual gun rights… in Federalist 29.  Hamilton leaves no doubt that people are entitled to their weapons because the alternative, compulsory military service,  would violate their individual liberties-

“as futile as it would be injurious, if it were capable of being carried into execution. A tolerable expertness in military movements is a business that requires time and practice. It is not a day, or even a week, that will suffice for the attainment of it.”

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Hamilton links a powerful state, standing army, and overzealous politicians to tyranny… and armed citizens standing together as a defense against these abuses-

“If circumstances should at any time oblige the government to form an army of any magnitude that army can never be formidable to the liberties of the people while there is a large body of citizens, little, if at all, inferior to them in discipline and the use of arms, who stand ready to defend their own rights and those of their fellow-citizens. This appears to me the only substitute that can be devised for a standing army, and the best possible security against it, if it should exist.”

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Original Intent- Proper Perspective

Anti-gun fanatic, Piers Morgan, made the bold claim it was FACT… that the Second Amendment was written with only “muskets in mind, not high-powered handguns and assault rifles…”    He was simply echoing  long held beliefs of the American Left- that following the logic of Original Intent(as Conservatives do)  the Second Amendment is incompatible with modern weaponry and gun rights.  The Framers would never have supported “assault rifles” as a form of personal defense.

Original assault rifle circa 1791

Original assault rifle circa 1791

Original Intent has nothing to do with this juvenile line of reasoning…  Muskets, particularly with rifled barrels were cutting edge technology in the late 18th century.  The Second Amendment wasn’t written as a regressive ideal- they weren’t advocating the protection of swords, slingshots, or clubs.  Rifled muskets were the “assault weapons” of their day.  The Framers didn’t specify the firearm, knowing that technological advancement was inevitable.  The bearing of arms must be construed as to the weapons presently available.  Implying that the Framers would only consider one type of weapon, knowing it would be antiquated to future generations,  is an insult to the men who gave us the Bill of Rights.

Fires one shot at a time

Fires one shot at a time

Automatic weapons have been outlawed in this country since 1934the eyebrows  of educated Americans should be raised as pundits blather about “automatic weapons” being bought, sold, and used in these mass shootings.

 

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On Education

We celebrate the birth of Samuel Adams by expressing his desire for an educated electorate…  Not the kind of rabble easily fooled by demagogues manipulating fear and emotion– the masses of people able to discern and decide on their own, using sound minds and commendable judgements.

The said Constitution shall never be construed to authorize Congress to infringe the just liberty of the press or the rights of conscience; or to prevent the people of The United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms.”

“Let Divines, and Philosophers, Statesmen and Patriots unite their endeavours to renovate the Age, by impressing the Minds of Men with the importance of educating their little boys, and girls — of inculcating in the Minds of youth the fear, and Love of the Deity, and universal Phylanthropy; and in subordination to these great principles, the Love of their Country — of instructing them in the Art of self government, without which they never can act a wise part in the Government of Societies great, or small…”  1790

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Ramblings of an Antiquated Mind

Madison rolls over edition…

  • A US Congressman publicly proclaimed the US Constitution was written so the Federal government could expand its power- Madison rolls over…twice
  • So much time and effort is expended trying to refute Original Intent, considering all of our trouble lately, maybe it’s time to embrace it?
  • The Bill of Rights is not negotiable
  • Nine of the first ten amendments restrict government and enumerate individual rights- but gun control advocates want you to believe that the Second Amendment empowers government through a collective privilege?
  • Government did not give us the Bill of Rights- it was the creator
  • Instead of simply taking a selfie with Thomas Jefferson….visitors to Monticello should read some of his words.
  • Democrats unhappy with the current legislative agenda should try winning more elections, rather than wrinkling their $1,000 suits sitting on the floor.
  • So very sad when France deals with domestic terrorism in more forceful terms than we do.
  • The AR-15 fires one bullet at a time
  • Commercial sale of automatic weapons has been illegal since 1937
  • One part William Jennings Bryan, and two parts Wendell Willkie, Donald Trump embodies the worst of both- demagoguery, combined with irresponsible opportunism. 
  • After listening to so-called legal and Constitutional experts spout-off for the past month- it’s clear that the Federalist Papers are not part of our educational system any longer.
  • Charter schools work- but not cookie cutter, for-profit diploma mills.
  • I stand with Jefferson
  • Stop the destruction of Confederate monuments
LEARN

LEARN

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