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.
I hope I don’t step on any toes here, but I highly believe in the 2nd Amendment. If you have questions or do not understand it as well as you would like or want to be able to answer others questions when you are defending the 2nd Amendment you can go here
http://www.nraila.org/second-amendment/the-second-amendment.aspx They explain a lot of the issues concerning the 2nd Amendment.
That being said we took a concealed handgun class this week end it was great I learned so much. I would highly recommend everyone one take this class even if you do not plan to carry concealed you will learn so much.
This was one of the print outs that we got.
|A FEW RAMBLING THOUGHTS ON THE HISTORY OF FREEDOM
by M. L. McPherson
What we do not see is the existence of personal freedom for the masses. In fact, throughout recorded history and throughout the world, until about three hundred years ago that little feature of human existence was never seen anywhere.
Now, one could argue that personal freedom is highly overrated but that debate is not my purpose here. Technically, that point is moot. For the purposes of this treatise, I will hold that nothing could be more precious. Those who do not agree have a different battle to fight.
What was that magic potion that changed the face of history, so that, sometime around three hundred years ago, we began to see individuals who were able to claim their right to personal freedom? The answer would astound many modern scholars, if only they would bother to study history in the cold light of facts. That magic potion was in the form of cold hard steel. In that era, for the first time in “civilized” history, the average individual could afford a means of defeating the armor, and therefore the hired and trained mercenaries, of the wealthy few. How so, you might ask? The answer: The Gun!
At that time, the advent of the steam-powered, external combustion engine for the first time ever provided an effective means of ridding mines of water. That little detail was crucial to the nascent industrial revolution. With that revolution, the price of guns and ammunition components plummeted.
As a result, for the first time, the average citizen had a chance of affording a weapon that was capable of defeating armor. Of course, then as now, the ruling elite fought tooth and nail to try to prevent the average subject from owning such a weapon – in that era, the reasons for that legalistic oppression were somewhat more obvious to the average person.
It is a fact that, without the affordable gun, freedom for the masses would never have happened. It is equally a fact that as soon as the masses lose that means of preserving their God-given rights, freedom will perish, as has repeatedly been proven throughout this modern world’s brief history.
Those who gnash their teeth in response to all the supposed carnage brought about by the “evil gun” continue to ignore all the vastly more damaging facets of a free society. But I shall not argue that point, as I find it an exercise in banality. The point I will argue is the undeniable fact that we have a choice: We can choose to live in freedom and accept that such liberty must needs be include a certain admixture of evil and bad; else, we can choose to live in a police state, for there is no enduring in-between condition. My standard statement is thus: "There is a price to pay for freedom. Society is either willing to pay that price or it is destined to suffer under the inevitable consequences… a Police State or worse”
This article reprinted from the SHOOTISTS' NEWSLETTER Holiday Issue - 2003
On February 23 2013 Wayne LaPierre gave a speech titled The Real Consequences of Universal Background Checks you can link to it here.
And if you are not member of the NRA I highly recommend that you do so. I know they have a few issues, but as someone said you will always have issues as long as you have people in your organization. They are the only reason that we still have gun rights in this country and they need all the support that they can get, now with all that is going on in the government. If you are not a member you can go here to register it is 35 dollars for a one year membership.
I know this is kind of long and if you link to the two other places it is a lot of reading but I think well worth the time.
We all need to be aware of what our government is doing ,to not only the 2nd amendment but to all of them they want to act as though there is no constitution, and when we let them get away with it we will be lost and we will never again be the great nation that we have been.