Posted By Vicki McClure Davidson on July 4, 2012
Happy birthday, America — and it can’t be a true Independence Day, the Fourth of July, without visiting the Second Amendment of the US Constitution, an amendment that our founding fathers determined to be such an imperative for the citizens of our fledgling nation that it is second only to those freedoms detailed in the First Amendment:
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.
As it has been for years, the Second Amendment is on the chopping block. With statists, socialists, Democrats in DC, and other freedom-robbing, Constitution-trampling miscreants trying to eradicate the rights guaranteed by the Second Amendment by banning law-abiding American citizens from owning guns, it’s altogether fitting to showcase them today.
Some dark political humor and harsh realities on this Independence Day.
Don’t tread on me.
Video encore… illusionists Penn and Teller on the Second Amendment.
Penn & Teller: 2nd Amendment: The Right to Bear Arms
Early American settlers considered the right to arms and/or the right to bear arms and/or state militias as important for one or more of these purposes:
* deterring tyrannical government;
* repelling invasion;
* suppressing insurrection;
* facilitating a natural right of self-defense;
* participating in law enforcement;
* enabling the people to organize a militia system.
“One man with a gun can control 100 without one.” — Russian revolutionary Vladimir Lenin: Bolshevik leader, Communist politician, first head of the Soviet Union
And this from libertarian author and lecturer James Bovard:
“Assault weapons laws resemble hate speech laws. Hate speech laws usually begin by targeting a few words that almost no one approves. Once the system for controlling and punishing "hate speech" is put into place, there is little or nothing to stop it from expanding to punish more and more types of everyday speech. Similarly, once an assault weapons law is on the books, there is little to prevent politicians from vastly increasing the number of weapons banned under the law. The main effect of banning assault weapons is to give government an excuse to arrest and imprison millions of Americans while doing little or nothing to reduce crime. America has a limited number of police, and politicians must decide who the real public enemies are.”