The 2nd Amendment Is Clear, The Founders Meant It
December 27, 2012 by Bob Livingston
“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.” -2nd Amendment
Infringe— to encroach upon in a way that violates law or the rights of another. (Merriam-Webster)
There has been great hue and cry from the 1 percent that a “serious discussion” should be had in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that left 28 (20 of them children) dead.
Make no mistake: the 1 percent (the psychopaths in government who work daily to deprive you of your liberties) understands that gun laws will not stop incidents such as this from occurring in the future. Gun laws have the sole purpose of enslaving the populace. The Founders understood this well. Let them explain:
“Are we at last brought to such humiliating and debasing degradation, that we cannot be trusted with arms for our defense? Where is the difference between having our arms in possession and under our direction, and having them under the management of Congress? If our defense be the real object of having those arms, in whose hands can they be trusted with more propriety, or equal safety to us, as in our own hands?” -Patrick Henry
“The supposed quietude of a good man allures the ruffian; while on the other hand, arms like laws discourage and keep the invader and the plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property. The same balance would be preserved were all the world destitute of arms, for all would be alike; but since some will not, others dare not lay them aside…Horrid mischief would ensue were one half the world deprived of the use of them…” -Thomas Paine
“The Constitution shall never be construed … to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms.” -Samuel Adams
“Americans have the right and advantage of being armed; unlike the citizens of other countries whose governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.” -The Federalist, No. 46, James Madison
“Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself. They are the American people’s liberty teeth and keystone under independence … From the hour the Pilgrims landed, to the present day, events, occurrences, and tendencies prove that to insure peace, security and happiness, the rifle and pistol are equally indispensable . . . the very atmosphere of firearms everywhere restrains evil interference – they deserve a place of honor with all that is good” -George Washington
“Laws that forbid the carrying of arms . . . disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes . . . . Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.” -Cesare Beccaria On Crimes and Punishment, quoted by Thomas Jefferson in Commonplace Book
“A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball, and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be your constant companion of your walks.” -Jefferson
“One loves to possess arms, though they hope never to have occasion for them.” -Jefferson
“No freeman shall be debarred the use of arms [within his own lands].”-Jefferson
“[T]he people are not to be disarmed of their weapons. They are left in full possession of them.” -Zachariah Johnson, The Virginia Ratifying Convention
“[W]hen the resolution of enslaving America was formed in Great Britain, the British Parliament was advised by an artful man, –who was governor of Pennsylvania, to disarm the people; that it was the best and most effectual way to enslave them…” -George Mason, The Virginia Ratifying Convention.
“Who are the militia? Are they not ourselves? It is feared, then, that we shall turn our arms each man against his own bosom. Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birthright of an American . . . . [T]he unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments, but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people.” -Tench Coxe
The liberty lover will reject any laws that infringe upon the right to possess a gun.