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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.”

Listen to this rap

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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Not Just Muskets and Militas

Plenty of pundits have been speaking for our Founders…. recently.  There is no greater speculative contest than the battle over original intent of the Founders.  The second amendment continues to be misconstrued, misapplied, and misunderstood.  No real progress can be made as long as the pundits control the debate while debasing the work of our Founders.  Look to their words….

“To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them.”  George Mason- 1788

“…while on the other hand arms, like laws, discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as property.  The same balance
would be preserved were all the world destitute of arms, for all would be alike; but since some will not, others dare not lay them aside …”   Thomas Paine

“Firearms stand next in importance to the constitution itself.  They are the American people’s liberty teeth and keystone under independence …the very atmosphere of firearms anywhere restrains evil interference — they  deserve a place of honor with all that’s good.”   George Washington

“Americans have the right and advantage of being armed, unlike the people of other countries, whose leaders are afraid to trust them with arms.”   James Madison

“The great object is that every man be armed. Everyone who is able might have a gun.”  Patrick Henry

“The Constitution shall never be construed to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms.”   Samuel Adams

“No freeman shall ever be debarred the use of arms.”   Thomas  Jefferson

Any questions?

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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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Warm Living Right

Liberals in America have never accepted our history… of owning firearms.  For decades they have waged legislative battles to restrict gun ownership and courtroom battles to redefine long-held beliefs about the Second Amendment.  The Supreme Court finally settled all legal questions with its landmark DC v. Heller decision in 2008.  The case proved how far Liberal politicians would go to restrict gun rights (handguns were banned even inside homes) and dubious interpretations of the Second Amendment were argued before the highest court with full expectation of vindication.  The majority of the Court ruled that ownership of a gun is not connected to membership in a militia.  The idea of limits placed upon the operative clause of the amendment is a direct violation of the rights of individuals.  The Court wisely disregarded misguided attempts at original intent of the framers by noting that the roots of the Second Amendment could be found in the Anti-Federalist movement.

When you cannot prove your point, make stuff up….

Progressive historians often agree with… the now discredited idea of the collective right interpretation.  During the heated gun control debate following the Columbine school shootings, Liberals redoubled their efforts, including historical analysis.  Emory university professor Michael Bellesiles published the notorious Arming America: The Origins of a National Gun Culture.  His thesis contended that America’s gun culture developed after WW2, prior to which there was no consistent history of gun ownership in America.  Infamy was achieved by the unprecedented level of fraudulent research Bellesiles cited to arrive at his conclusions.  He fabricated evidence, distorted statistics, and misquoted historical figures to prove the highly contentious assertion that gun ownership was never part of individual rights in American history.

There is a battle being waged…over our history.  There are historians who reject the tales of Minutemen, Elmer Ellsworth, and citizen soldiers.  They are willing to publish fraudulent history to try to win a public policy debate.  The Courts, public opinion, history, and the Constitution all side with American history that includes individual gun ownership rights.

Can such a man exist in Professor Bellesile’s world? Elmer Ellsworth, drill master

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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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Samuel Colt made them Equal…

A firm grip and steady eye…

This day marks the US government’s first contract… with Samuel Colt.  Colt made the most of his patent for a percussion ignited revolving firearm.  It was the first repeating firearm in history.  The Texas Rangers first brought attention to Colt’s gun, inspiring the US government to purchase 1,000 in 1847.  Colt was the first industrialist to utilize an assembly line and produced 400,000 revolvers before his death in 1862.

The iconic revolver produced by Colt… was the 1851 Navy.  Smaller in frame and calibre, the Navy was more manageable and easier to conceal.  It became the standard sidearm of the US military until 1873.  Colt produced over 250,000 between 1851-1873.  The revolver was the favorite weapon of Wild Bill Hickok, Ned Kelly, and William Quantrill.   As the old saying goes, “God made all men, Samuel Colt made them equal.”

Dependable and accurate

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