How Important is the 2nd Amendment?

“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.” (Quoting Cesare Beccaria)

Self-Defense

A statistic that is almost never discussed in conversations about 2nd Amendment rights is the number of attempted criminal attacks that are thwarted because private citizens are armed and prepared to defend themselves.

Wikipedia states that In 1993, Dr. Gary Kleck, Florida State University criminologist, won the Michael J. Hindelang Award from the American Society of Criminology for his book Point Blank: Guns and Violence in America (Aldine de Gruyter, 1991). He has testified before Congress and state legislatures on gun control proposals. His research was cited in the Supreme Court’s landmark District of Columbia v. Heller decision, which struck down the D.C. handgun ban and held that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep and bear arms.

From his research Kleck, found that 2.45 million crimes are thwarted each year in the United States, and in most cases, the potential victim never fires a shot.  These are cases in which firearms are used constructively for self-protection, resulting in no harm to persons or property.  Each year over 2 million private citizens are safe and secure in their homes because they have the right to “keep and bear arms”.

To review Kleck’s study, go to http://www.gunsandcrime.org/dgufreq.html.

Do you believe there should be places designated as “gun-free” zones?  Why?  Where?

Do you feel safer in a crowded theater or on a college campus knowing there is a “No Firearms” policy in effect?  Or, are you more likely to become a victim because a No Firearms policy makes it a crime for you to have the means to defend yourself?

Have you ever heard of an individual (or group), whose intent is to shoot as many people as possible, stopping to read a “No Firearms” sign, then turning and walking away? What carnage has EVER been prevented by such a policy?

There are scores of examples where helpless private citizens were slaughtered because their own government (whose mandate is to protect them) made it a crime to be in possession of a firearm to defend themselves.

NRA, we need you now – more than ever!

Home Defense –

Tonight if you hear someone breaking in through your back door, what are you going to reach for – your phone to call 911, or, your Kimber Model 1911? You have no idea when the Police will show up but you know for sure the response time of your Kimber in feet per second!

The following examples demonstrate why it is so vitally important for ordinary law abiding citizens to have the God given right to be armed in order to protect themselves, their families and their property: Defensive gun use incidents. Imagine the outcome if these citizens had not been armed.

National Defense –

In the American Rifleman magazine, author Frank Miniter talks about another facet of gun control.  He tells about the World War II Gun-Drive – a gun-drive that became vital to the survival of the English.

At the end of World War I, the British government passed gun-control laws that almost completely disarmed the entire nation.  It wasn’t until England was about to be over-run by Hitler’s war machine that the British government suddenly saw the urgent need for an armed citizenry!

With the people virtually helpless and facing eminent slaughter by the Third Reich, the English called on their American friends for help.

In 1940, a group of Americans moved quickly and rearmed the English citizens. They established the “American Committee for Defense of English Homes” who received and shipped weapons to the English. The NRA alone sent more than 7,000 private firearms to England. Thousands of privately owned firearms were donated to the defense of the English people.  Later, the U.S. government sent thousands of .30 Cal. M1 rifles and other weapons across the Atlantic.

America entered the war and England survived. There was “a rifle in every cottage”.

It is reassuring to know that we in America have not, and shall not face the situation our English friends find themselves in with a government that has again imposed very stringent gun-control.

Not in America! Not now – not ever!

Martial Law in America – With 300 million firearms in the hands of private citizens – I don’t think so!

What foreign power would try to invade or occupy the United States with its people in possession of so many privately owned firearms?

I wholeheartedly believe that without those 300 million firearms in the hands of ordinary American citizens, Marxist narcissistic elements in our own government would not hesitate to revert to the tactics used by tyrants like Hitler, Stalen and others.

Quotes from the past

Thomas Jefferson said, “No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms. The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government”.

“One of the ordinary modes, by which tyrants accomplish their purposes without resistance, is, by disarming the people, and making it an offense to keep arms.”  –  Constitutional scholar Joseph Story

“The very atmosphere of firearms anywhere and everywhere restrains evil interference – they deserve a place of honor with all that’s good.” – George Washington

“Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the act of depriving a whole nation of arms, as the blackest.”  – Mahatma Gandhi

“Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. Tolerance in the face of tyranny is no virtue.” — Barry Goldwater

“This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it or their revolutionary right to dismember it or overthrow it.”  – Abraham Lincoln, 4 April 1861

Every Communist must grasp the truth, ‘Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.’  –  Mao Tse-tung, 1938, inadvertently endorsing the Second Amendment.

Americans have the will to resist because you have weapons. If you don’t have a gun, freedom of speech has no power.  –  Yoshimi Ishikawa, Japanese author, in the LA Times 15 Oct 1992

“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.”  –  John F. Kennedy

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Without the will to vigorously exercise our 2nd Amendment rights, all other rights are worthless – and can be taken away by force. 

– Lenny Leatherman 

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  1. Senator_Blutarsky

    “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.”
    –Thomas Jefferson, letter to Peter Carr, 1785

    “I don’t really like the label ‘criminal’, but I’ll take it over ‘slave’.”
    – Anonymous

    In the 1939 gun case, Miller v United States (307 US 174) Associate Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas, who wrote the opinion noted that “…based on the privileges standardized by the States in the 18th century, the general public—not State-controlled militias—has to be as well-armed as its central government since the people, and the States, view the federal government as much, if not more, a threat to liberty than any foreign intruder on American soil.”

    “After a shooting spree, they always want to take the guns away from
    the people who didn’t do it. I sure as hell wouldn’t want to live
    in a society where the only people allowed guns are the police and the military.”
    – William S. Burroughs

    “As I looked at my two young sons, each with his gun, and considered how
    much the safety of the party depended on these little fellows, I felt grateful
    to you, dear husband, for having acquainted them in childhood with the use of firearms.”
    – Elisabeth Robinson, narrating in “The Swiss Family Robinson”

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