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14-year-old writes: Behind the Battle Lines: The fight to defend the 2nd Amendment

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  1. Dear Emily,

    I very much enjoyed your perspective and your honesty. I know guns are scary; they should be. When you stop fearing – respecting – something that is truly dangerous you stand to get hurt by it. Always fear a gun.

    That being said perhaps you can understand how precious Freedom is that we are willing to keep and bear frightful arms. As scary as guns are it is much more frightening to read these words;

    “All political power comes from the barrel of a gun. The communist party must command all the guns, that way, no guns can ever be used to command the party.” (Mao Tse Tung Problems of War and Strategy, Nov 6 1938, published in “Selected Works of Mao Zedong,” 1965)

    I don’t know if you know who Mao Tse Tung was and maybe your dad can help you with that but in a nutshell he was the leader of the Communist revolt in China and ultimately its Primier – and a mortal enemy of not only freedom but our Great Nation.

    Here is another quote;

    “Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed (that would be us). –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, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”

    It comes from our Declaration of Independence and what it says (as one of the first principles of “We the People”) is that our government has our permission to govern us with just (or good) authority so long as that government continues to govern by justice for our life, LIBERTY and pursuit of happiness. Our government has the sole purpose to protect our Individual Rights (tho it has strayed so very far from that).

    Unalienable Rights are those things about us that make us human. You have thoughts and you speak those thoughts. Your unalienable right is therefore to speak your thoughts and to believe as you wish. Thus our 1st Amendment. The Constitution did not invent or give us these Unalienable Rights. No one can give you or take away from you an unalienable right – they can only allow you the freedom to exercise those rights or enslave you to keep you from exercising those rights. You have those rights simply because you are a human being.

    When the leaders of a nation argue that we should not have the right to bear arms, whatever argument they offer, there is only one TRUE reason they are trying to take your guns – to enslave you and deny all of your other rights. If you enjoy freedom then, scary or not, you must not let anyone take away your Right to Revolution – to throw off an oppressive government that no longer fulfills its obligation to the people to protect their Individual rights! The 2nd Amendment is the only Amendment that tells us why it is included in the Bill of Rights;

    “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.”

    “…being necessary to the security of a free State.” A free State, in the language of those days, meant a body of people as a nation – not particularly one or more of the several states of a Union. And take note that the words “…shall not be infringed” makes no allowance for any particular conditions – such as mental illness. (We must address mental illness in other ways than to infringe upon our Individual Right to bear Arms). You see then that the 2nd Amendment isn’t really about shooting, about collecting guns, sportsmanship or even hunting. It is about protecting us from Tyranny. It is about keeping the ultimate power of government in the hands of the people.

    Is it any wonder then that our leaders are trying in every way that they can to take that power away from us? Many, many have already suffered unimaginable hardship and shed blood for those rights. Let us stand together and honor their scarifies. Let us continue to be free.

    Thank you for your wonderful letter.


  2. Keeping the Faith, without the 2nd Amendment there is no Freedom.