From My Cold, Dead Hands

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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.

US Constitution, 2d Amendment. Commonly called the “Bill of Rights”

We’ve discussed this before but, with rumors of the prospective signing of the UN arms control treaty running rampant, maybe we should again.

The point of the Amendment isn’t to allow you to go hunting, not that it stops you.

Nor is it really there to allow you to protect yourself from criminals, although again, that is clearly within its purview, and a very valuable feature.

The point of the amendment is the very final check on tyranny. At the time of the Founders, the militia was defined as all able-bodied men older than 18 (usually there was a commonsense upper limit).

The founders had just fought a Revolution and intended for this country to remain free. We formed a regular army (The Continental Army) but standing military forces were widely distrusted (quite a difference from now when the US military is by far the most trusted institution in the country). There were organized state militias but, in the last resort, it was up to the people.

The founders worked very hard to separate the powers of government among the states, the Congress, the President and the courts but, I think they knew that a cabal could, over time, subvert the whole system. So again they adapted from the past. From Wikipedia:

Whereas the late King James the Second by the Assistance of diverse evill Councellors Judges and Ministers imployed by him did endeavour to subvert and extirpate the Protestant Religion and the Lawes and Liberties of this Kingdome (list of grievances including) … by causing severall good Subjects being Protestants to be disarmed at the same time when Papists were both Armed and Imployed contrary to Law, (Recital regarding the change of monarch) … thereupon the said Lords Spirituall and Temporall and Commons pursuant to their respective Letters and Elections being now assembled in a full and free Representative of this Nation takeing into their most serious Consideration the best meanes for attaining the Ends aforesaid Doe in the first place (as their Auncestors in like Case have usually done) for the Vindicating and Asserting their ancient Rights and Liberties, Declare (list of rights including) … That the Subjects which are Protestants may have Arms for their Defence suitable to their Conditions and as allowed by Law.

The historical link between the English Bill of Rights and the Second Amendment, which both codify an existing right and do not create a new one, has been acknowledged by the U.S. Supreme Court.

In the last analysis, the freedom of America is in the hands of the American People.

Or as we commonly say, “The Second defends the Rest“.

This is the right that would be tyrants want to remove above all others, the reason is obvious, an armed citizenry is not easily cowed. In fact, we remember, in 1940, there were drives here in America for extra sporting arms, to arm the British in case of invasion, They went pretty well.

One of the strongest proponents of our gun right was the late actor Charlton Heston. Here are a couple of videos he made on the subject.

 

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hattip to Blogsense by Barbs’ From My Cold, Dead Hands.

Defending Freedom; for an American it is not only your right, it is also your duty.

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19 Responses to From My Cold, Dead Hands

  1. I probably should have put this in the post, here in Jefferson’s own words is the clear statement of American duty.

    “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. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

    from the Declaration of Independence.

  2. I tried to load a comment . i wouldn’t load. This one will I’m sure.

    • Yup, got this one. Checked my spam folder, and you’re not there either, David. No idea what happened.

  3. JessicaHof says:

    In the final analysis if you cannot defend your freedom, your freedom is always threatened. As I was brought up on a farm, I’m not a bad shot with a shotgun – my daddy used to let me practice. My husband always says it was what won him over – a girl who could cook and shoot :)

    • That would work with me as well, your husband is a wise man. :) And a thinking brain as well!

      • JessicaHof says:

        And he’s a dab hand with an engine :)

      • Careful or I’ll tell you about the wiring I did for the Jaguar F1 team back in the day.

    • As to your main point.

      “It was Ronald Reagan who said that freedom is always just one generation
      away from extinction. We don’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream;
      we have to fight for it and protect it, and then hand it to them so that
      they shall do the same, or we’re going to find ourselves spending our
      sunset years telling our children and our children’s children about a time
      in America, back in the day, when men and women were free.”

      • JessicaHof says:

        That is a really great quotation – should be engraved on the wall of Congress!

        • Reagan was a lot like Franklin, or Churchill, a quote for any occasion, if you’re a conservative. The full quote in this form is from Sarah Palin.

          Wall of Congress? Why? They don’t even read the bills before they pass them.

  4. giliar says:

    We’re on the same wavelength, NEO. Using this topic for my next HDR and the Charlton Heston video. We need him now….badly!

    • Indeed so. I think he was typecast-as Moses.

  5. In England, at the beginning of WWII, our family was moved to a little town near Rugby called Dunchurch. My father’s firm was on loan to the British government for the during and for it’s protection was moved to Rugby…ha ha. It was the M.O.S.D.N.F.M. the Ministry of Supply Directorate of Non-Ferrous Metals.

    He rented a house on the grounds of Bilton Grange, a Public School. It had been the home of a teacher who’d been called up. He volunteered for the Home Guard. It was 1940, there was a double fear, of Invasion and above all German parachutists. One night a week, he went up on top of the pseudo Gothic school tower with binoculars and armed with a, wait for it
    SLINGSHOT!!!

    All the sporting arms sent to England for FREE to help arm the Brits…..for all their unwritten constitution the British subjects were unarmed. Even then the British Government didn’t trust their populace and BURIED all those arms after the war.

    They are now a Socialist Nanny State, where the Queen’s ministers know best, especially what’s good for all the people. They distrust the populace even more, the subjects put up with Big Brother, cameras everywhere watched day and night. So far we’re still freemen, with a written right Bear Arms. This right as with all the others have to be vigorously defended from generation to generation.

    • That’s exactly so..

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