I was reading the comments at the CNN Political Ticker when I came across this:
pam Eugene OR January 15th, 2009 6:09 pm ET:
I don't think the framers of the Second Amendment thought about automatic weapons and "cop killer" bullets when they wrote it.
This, in addition to recent events in Beaver Dam, makes me wonder if they still teach history in American schools. Specifically, the Battle of Concord. The entire reason the British moved against Massachusetts was to capture and destroy cannon, powder, and shot. Their mission was to destroy the colonists' weapons of war.
From the British perspective, the American Revolution was a military action taken to capture and disable military equipment. Cannons, muskets, pistols, powder, ball, shot, and canister. In many towns they even removed kitchen knives. Their sole mission was to confiscate every weapon in the colonies, thus preventing our forefathers from ever having the chance to write the Constitution, form a new nation, and bring us to modern times as a free people. The British weren't interested in the colonists themselves. Other than a couple dozen people at the very top, they had no orders to arrest anyone and generally released prisoners after every battle. For the British, it was strictly a confiscation warrant.
Now here we are some 230-odd years later. In modern times we have tanks, planes, long-range artillery, mortars, automatic weapons, semi-automatic weapons, pistols, and hand grenades. What would the Founding Fathers do?
They would do now the same thing they did then: gather and secure access to the most advanced war weapons they could get their hands on.
That's right. If the Founding Fathers were alive today they would own, maintain, and use everything from .22 target pistols to M1 Abrams tanks and F-117 Nighthawk stealth fighters. They would want you and I to also own and be competent with these weapons. They would abhor the necessity of a standing army. They would struggle to keep the military fully under civilian control and focused on protecting the homeland. They would not have sent us into Europe in World Wars 1 & 2, nor would they have embraced the "fight against communism" that drove the Cold War and all of its excesses. They certainly would not have put their children into the maze of problems and battles in the Middle East.
But they would still want you and I armed and ready to fight if any of those problems approached the homeland.
They would want every American citizen to own, maintain, and practice using a complete arsenal of personal weapons, including automatic rifles such as the M-16 and AK-47. And oh yes, they would have loved the Barrett Rifles line of sniper rifles. Keep in mind, one of the things the British hated most about fighting against our forefathers was their abominable tendency to shoot the officers first and ignore the advancing lines of infantry until the the last minute.
In the minds of the men who wrote the Declaration of Indepence, the Constitution of the United States, and the Bill of Rights, we are the militia! You and I, the voting, tax-paying, law-abiding, adult American citizen.
You don't have to like this for it to be true. Then, as now, there were many academic justifications for pacifism, vegetarianism, right to life, and alternative lifestyles, but none of these were of any concern to the Founding Fathers. They did not care how you chose to live your life. They had no interest in making laws dictating how a person lived or what that person believed. Their sole concern was to guarantee that everyone who came after them would have the freedom to make those choices as individuals!
So yes, in short, the Founding Fathers would love for you to have a nice, powerful pistol hanging off your belt when you take your kids to the park, drop them off at school, and even when you stop in for the parent-teacher conference. They would want college students to have the freedom to tuck a small, semi-automatic handgun in their backpacks. If half the people in your office were unarmed it would have disappointed them greatly, but they would not have argued against the individual's freedom to leave their guns at home.
The simple reality of the matter is that we in modern times are the complete opposite of our forefathers, especially during and immediately after they drove the British back to Britain. Their blood, and the blood of millions of free Americans down through history, has purchased for us the luxury of debating whether or not we want middle school teachers to post pictures of themselves pointing a rifle at the camera on their Facebook page. Make no mistake, the freedom to have this debate is a complete luxury! It is a freedom bought and paid for by the shed blood of your ancestors and mine. It is a freedom that cowards, sensualists, elitists, and aristocratic wannabes will steal from us at the first opportunity!
Would the Founding Fathers have wanted AK-47s in our streets and schools? Yes! There is no doubt in my mind that they would have encouraged anyone who is willing to take responsibility for themselves and their neighbors to buy, learn how to use, and carefully maintain the most advanced personal firearm they were capable of owning.
The Brady Campaign and their allies are afraid. They are afraid you will realize that you and you alone are responsible for both your personal safety and the safety of your nation. They are afraid that when they come to take away your ability to disagree with them, to steal your freedom to live according to a different moral code and value system than their own, and to force you to mimic their fear, you will point a gun in their face and order them off your land.
They are afraid of you and that is why they are trying to disarm you. The only safety they are concerned with is their own. The only way they can preserve their freedom to dictate how you should feel, what you should believe, and who you should respect, is to take away the one tool you have for preventing their meddling: a modern, well-maintained firearm.
It's not about the safety of our children. It's about your freedom to disagree with an ill-defined, elitist, liberty-hating, "emerging global consciousness".
(Added on 2/11/2009):
Ah, here we are: Militia Act of 1792
... each and every free able-bodied white male citizen of the respective States, resident therein, who is or shall be of age of eighteen years, and under the age of forty-five years (except as is herein after excepted) shall severally and respectively be enrolled in the militia, by the Captain or Commanding Officer of the company, within whose bounds such citizen shall reside, and that within twelve months after the passing of this Act. And it shall at all time hereafter be the duty of every such Captain or Commanding Officer of a company, to enroll every such citizen as aforesaid, and also those who shall, from time to time, arrive at the age of 18 years, or being at the age of 18 years, and under the age of 45 years (except as before excepted) shall come to reside within his bounds; and shall without delay notify such citizen of the said enrollment, by the proper non-commissioned Officer of the company, by whom such notice may be proved. That every citizen, so enrolled and notified, shall, within six months thereafter, provide himself with a good musket or firelock, a sufficient bayonet and belt, two spare flints, and a knapsack, a pouch, with a box therein, to contain not less than twenty four cartridges, suited to the bore of his musket or firelock, each cartridge to contain a proper quantity of powder and ball; or with a good rifle, knapsack, shot-pouch, and powder-horn, twenty balls suited to the bore of his rifle, and a quarter of a pound of powder; and shall appear so armed, accoutred and provided, when called out to exercise or into service, except, that when called out on company days to exercise only, he may appear without a knapsack. That the commissioned Officers shall severally be armed with a sword or hanger, and espontoon; and that from and after five years from the passing of this Act, all muskets from arming the militia as is herein required, shall be of bores sufficient for balls of the eighteenth part of a pound; and every citizen so enrolled, and providing himself with the arms, ammunition and accoutrements, required as aforesaid, shall hold the same exempted from all suits, distresses, executions or sales, for debt or for the payment of taxes.
In short, if you're between 18 and 45 (the provision for "white male" now extending to all races and both genders), you are a member of the militia and the Commander of the militia has a duty to both list you on the roles and notify you of that listing. Not only are you are member, you are required to provide your own rifle, ammunition, bayonet, knapsack, and other supplies. Most important of all, no one can take these materials from you! You are also required to attend a monthly training session. I don't know why this provision was ever abandoned, but they really need to bring it back and enforce it without exception.
Well, it is only fair to point out that ever since the creation of the National Guard in 1903, no one has bothered to teach our children that once they reach adulthood they are responsible for defending their nation and are subject to being called into service at the discretion of the President with approval from the State. Instead, the Vietnam War led to the mistaken idea that "innocent and naive" young men and women should be allowed the freedom to indulge in recreational drugs, promiscuous sexual liaisons, and serve no master higher than the whims and whimsies of their own vain imaginations.
The laziness, cowardice, and licentiousness of an entire generation is what has brought us to the current impasse. Granted, the battlegrounds of Vietnam do not fall under the authority of the United States government to begin with, and the insane paranoia that accompanied the Cold War drove legislators to excessive use of non-existent legal authority, that does not excuse the teachers and parents their dereliction of duty.
If you are now an adolescent or young adult watching the world spiral out of control, I can only say how very sorry I am. Your grandparents created this mess and even though my generation tried to clean it up, they outnumbered us almost three to one, easily defeating us in the one place where real change could have been brought about: the polls.
As I said all during the campaign for the Presidency of the United States, I don't know if Barack Obama will reverse the trend away from a democratic republic and into a centralized dictatorship, but I do know that John McCain would not. John McCain is my father's age. Barack Obama is my age.
Now we shall see.