(Joe Gilbert/ TeaParty.org) – The 2nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution was drafted so the free people of the new United States could defend themselves against a tyrannical government.
It reads: “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.”
To have a true understanding of the 2nd Amendment, it is important to put it into the historical context in which it was written. America had just defeated the world’s greatest superpower. They did it, by and large, with the weapons they had at home.
The Colonists were suffering under the oppression of an all-powerful central government in which they felt they had no representation. King George III ruled by official edict from London with total disregard to the popular opinions of the people.
Their taxes were raised and new taxes levied and the Continental Congress filed grievences with the King. The Stamp Act again raised their taxes and the Sons of Liberty were born. They protested this new tax and dumped tea in to the Boston Harbor. The event has gone down in history as the Boston Tea Party and gave our group its name.
But, none of those actions by the British were enough to cause the Colonists to take arms.
On 18 April, 1775, the British forces in Boston started marching to Concord. Their purpose? To seize the weapons and arms that the colonists had stored there. In the hearts and minds of the militiamen, that was the final straw. They would fight for their right to bear arms.
The first battles of the American Revolution were fought over the right of the private citizen to arm himself. Despite all the previous grievances the colonies had about taxes, fees, penalties, executive orders and regulations, it was the threat of the government to seize their arms that pushed the Colonists to fight.
Read the 2nd Amendment again: “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.”
It was written as much to allow the private citizen to acquire arms as it was written to prevent a tyranical central government from seizing the weapons the people already owned.
Is that where we are now? Leftist Progressive politicians from NY State Governor Andrew Cuomo to Vice President Joe Biden and of course, President Barack Obama are all calling for more laws, rules and regulations to control the private citizens’ right to arm himself.
On 8 January, Governor Cuomo took it a step further. In his 2013 State of the State Address, he said “Confiscation could be an option. Mandatory sale to the state could be an option. Permitting could be an option — keep your gun but permit it,” the governor said.
In this country, founded on the principle of the private citizen’s right to bear arms, we have a state governor calling for the government to forcibly seize the private property of law-abiding citizens in the form of their guns. Arms are the only category of personal property specifically protected in the Bill of Rights.
In his press conference, Obama stated “I’m grateful to Vice President Biden for his work on this issue of gun violence and for his proposals, which I’m going to be reviewing today and I will address in the next few days and I intend to vigorously pursue”.
He said he has been presented with a “list of sensible, common-sense steps that can be taken to make sure that the kinds of violence we saw at Newtown doesn’t happen again.” What steps taken by an over-reaching Federal government would have prevented a mentally troubled man from killing his mother, illegally seizing her guns and taking them into an elementary school?
He killed his mother. That was a crime. He stole her guns. That was a crime. He took them into a school. That was a crime. Then he shot all those innocent people. That was a crime. Another law, or thirteen more laws, as advocated by George Soros’ Center for American Progress would not have deterred his murderous rampage.
When asked what kind of legislation he was looking for, Obama replied “My starting point is not to worry about the politics; my starting point is to focus on what makes sense, what works; what should we be doing to make sure that our children are safe and that we’re reducing the incidents of gun violence. And I think we can do that in a sensible way that comports with the Second Amendment.”
This is a lie or he is seriously dillusional. The president’s hometown is Chicago. Chicago has the toughest anti-gun laws in the country and that city also had over 500 murders by guns last year. More laws to restrict law-abiding citizens’ right to protect themselves fail. The fact is, where there are more lawfully armed people, there is less violent crime.
There has been a focus on the so-called “high capacity” magazines. As a law-abiding citizen that has lawfully acquired my firearms, I don’t have to justify the 30th, 50th or even the 2nd shot fired. I only have to justify the first one. When a person is defending their life, their family or their property, it doesn’t matter how many shots they need to fire to elimiinate the threat. Either they need to use their firearm to defend themselves or they don’t.
Private ownership of firearms is a fundemental right proteced by the 2nd Amendment of the Bill of Rights. In Obama’s progressive, utopian world, this isn’t about controlling guns, it is about controlling us.
As Thomas Jefferson said “When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny.”
Tea Party Research Team Writer – Joe Gilbert
Joseph Gilbert is a retired career US Army Military Intelligence officer. Gilbert was awarded 2 Bronze Stars, 4 Meritorious Service Metals, 4 Army Commendation Medals, and Joint Service Commendation Medals 24 years of service. He enlisted in 1985 as a Combat Engineer and after tours of duty in Germany and Korea, he attended OCS in 1993, was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant in Armor. He has had two company commands, including that of an intelligence reconnaissance company in Iraq in 2003 for the Iraq Survey Group. He has a total of three combat tours in Iraq. After retiring from the military in 2010, Joe returned home to northern NY and was a senior intelligence analyst with the 10th Mountain Division and is currently the Director of Emergency Services in St. Lawrence County, NY.