Friday, November 05, 2004

Dude, Where's My Assault Rifle?

I was just thinking... Would you like to know the best part about having liberals as a political opponent? Armed revolution is out of the question.

Honestly, if I were them, I'd be rethinking my position on the right to bear arms. Speaking of which...

Can we please ban the word "hunting" from the entire public discourse about the Second Amendment? The reason for that amendment has nothing to do with hunting. Its sole purpose is stated quite clearly in its opening: "A well regulated militia [is] necessary to the security of the free state." (emphasis mine)

I take "militia" to mean regular ol' joe citizens, not US soldiers, and Title 10 of the US Code, Section 311 agrees. One viewpoint underpins the Second Amendment, and it is this: for a people to be secure in their civil liberties, they must remain a viable threat to the government. Yes, "threat." The only way a free state can be secured is if the people have the tools needed to rise up and forcibly overthrow a government, just as our founders did.

This has nothing to do with hunting. Our human rights to liberty are bestowed by God our Creator, but we can only secure them from the infringement of others by the threat of violence. If this weren't true, cities wouldn't have police forces.

It is possible that many (or few) years from now, our government will devolve into a tyrannical overlordship. Suppose the judiciary dilutes the First Amendment to the point that it loses all meaning, or that the executive branch itself merely overruled an impotent judiciary. Suppose campaign laws were "reformed" to the point that the opposition could no longer publicly voice its rebuke. In that situation, when it becomes impossible to avail ourselves of the intended Constitutional procedures and protections, reform can only come through armed revolution.

That is the reason the Constitutional framers sought to insist that "the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."

Now can we PLEASE stop talking about hunting? Please?


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