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The Right to Self Defense Isn’t Negotiable
March 7, 2013, 7:03 am
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The Right to Self Defense Isn’t Negotiable:

In all the noise caused by the Obama administration’s direct
assault on the right of every person to keep and bear arms, the
essence of the issue has been drowned out. The president and his
big-government colleagues want you to believe that only the
government can keep you free and safe, so to them, the essence of
this debate is about obedience to law.
To those who have killed innocents
among us, obedience to law is the last of their thoughts. And to
those who believe that the Constitution means what it says, the
essence of this debate is not about the law; it is about personal
liberty in a free society. It is the exercise of this particular
personal liberty — the freedom to defend yourself when the police
cannot or will not and the freedom to use weapons to repel tyrants
if they take over the government — that the big-government crowd
fears the most.
Let’s be candid: All government fears liberty. By its nature,
government is the negation of liberty. God has given us freedom,
and the government has taken it away. George Washington recognized
this when he argued that government is not reason or eloquence but
force. If the government had its way, it would have a monopoly on
Government compels, restrains and takes. Thomas Jefferson
understood that when he wrote that our liberties are inalienable
and endowed by our Creator, and the only reason we have formed
governments is to engage them to protect our liberties. We enacted
the Constitution as the supreme law of the land to restrain the
government. Yet somewhere along the way, government got the idea
that it can more easily protect the freedom of us all from the
abuses of a few by curtailing the freedom of us all. I know that
sounds ridiculous, but that’s where we are today.
The anti-Second Amendment crowd cannot point to a single
incident in which curtailing the freedom of law-abiding Americans
has stopped criminals or crazies from killing. It is obvious that
criminals don’t care what the law says because they think they can
get away with their violations of it. And those unfortunates who
are deranged don’t recognize any restraint on their own behavior,
as they cannot mentally distinguish right from wrong and cannot be
expected to do so in the future, no matter what the law says.
When the Second Amendment was written and added to the
Constitution, the use of guns in America was common. At the same
time, King George III — whom we had just defeated and who was
contemplating another war against us, which he would start in 1812
— no doubt ardently wished that he had stripped his colonists of
their right to self-defense so as to subdue their use of violence
to secede from Great Britain. That act of secession, the American
Revolution, was largely successful because close to half of the
colonists were armed and did not fear the use of weaponry.
If the king and the Parliament had enacted and enforced laws
that told them who among the colonists owned guns or that limited
the power of the colonists’ guns or the amount of ammunition they
could possess, our Founding Fathers would have been hanged for
treason. One of the secrets of the Revolution — one not taught in
public schools today — is that the colonists actually had superior
firepower to the king. The British soldiers had standard-issue
muskets, which propelled a steel ball or several of them about 50
yards from the shooter. But the colonists had the long gun —
sometimes called the Kentucky or the Tennessee — which propelled a
single steel ball about 200 yards, nearly four times as far as the
British could shoot. Is it any wonder that by Yorktown in 1781, the
king and the Parliament had lost enough men and treasure to
The lesson here is that free people cannot remain free by
permitting the government — even a popularly elected one that they
can unelect — to take their freedoms away. The anti-freedom crowd
in the government desperately wants to convey the impression that
it is doing something to protect us. So it unconstitutionally and
foolishly seeks, via burdensome and intrusive registration laws,
laws restricting the strength of weapons and the quantity and
quality of ammunition and, the latest trick, laws that impose
financial liability on law-abiding manufacturers and sellers for
the criminal behavior of some users, to make it so burdensome to
own a gun that the ordinary folks who want one will give up their
efforts to obtain one.
We cannot let ourselves fall down this slippery slope. The right
to self-defense is a natural individual right that pre-exists the
government. It cannot morally or constitutionally be taken away
absent individual consent or due process. Kings and tyrants have
taken this right away. We cannot let a popular majority take it
away, for the tyranny of the majority can be as destructive to
freedom as the tyranny of a madman.


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