Ramblings of a Mad Man
In light of all the shootings, I just want to say that we are keeping the families of the victims in our thoughts and prayers. We are saddened by all these senseless murders.
It seems that most peoples’ answer to these murders is more gun control. None of the current 2300 gun laws would have stopped any of these killings. Nor would any of the proposed laws stop them. Even the proponents, if they’re honest, will admit this. But none of this matters, since it is the government’s goal to go after the weapons of law-abiding citizens. Case in point, if you get 2 DUI’s in PA, you can get your driver’s license back, but you can never own a gun.
Thus, it is important when we discuss this topic with our friends, neighbors, co-workers, that we properly frame the debate. As Americans, all of our rights come from God. We give some of those rights to the government, and which rights we give to the government are in the Constitution.
In light of that, do you believe that the 2nd amendment of the Constitution gives Americans the right to keep and bear arms? Answer: No! If you read the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence and the Federalist Papers, it is very clear, as stated above, that all rights are given to Americans from GOD. The 2nd Amendment is actually a ‘NEGATIVE RIGHT’, stating that the government may NOT infringe on the God-given rights of Americans to keep and bear arms.
Here is a quote directly from our Declaration of Independence on this point:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.
When I explain this to people, I often use an analogy. My analogy is that American citizens are the adults, and all government is like a teenager. As teenagers get older, they try to usurp the adult’s power and they must be reminded: It’s my TV, it’s my car, it’s my house, and they need my permission to take the car, or use the TV if I’m watching it.
And so too, is the government trying to usurp my power. They have no right under the constitution to take my guns, my ammunition, or my magazines, since all rights were given to me by God. And the constitution states that they shall not infringe on that right.
We can listen to the liberals, the pundits, the progressives, and even the Republicans talk, but instead, let’s listen to what the Founding Fathers said.
"No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms."
- Thomas Jefferson, Virginia Constitution, Draft 1, 1776
"I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery."
- Thomas Jefferson, letter to James Madison, January 30, 1787
"What country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms."
- Thomas Jefferson, letter to James Madison, December 20, 1787
"To disarm the people is the most effectual way to enslave them."
- George Mason, referencing advice given to the British Parliament by Pennsylvania governor Sir William Keith, The Debates in the Several State Conventions on the Adoption of the Federal Constitution, June 14, 1788
"I ask, who are the militia? They consist now of the whole people, except a few public officers."
- George Mason, Address to the Virginia Ratifying Convention, June 4, 1788
"Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are ruined.... The great object is that every man be armed. Everyone who is able might have a gun."
- Patrick Henry, Speech to the Virginia Ratifying Convention, June 5, 1778
In light of what the Founding Fathers said, re-read the 2nd Amendment:
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. On December 15, 1791
These mass murders are just a symptom of the problem. The cowardly officers that ran away in Florida, the corruption in all levels in our government, the epidemic of illicit drugs, families splitting up, etc. are more symptoms of the same problem: The loss of the morality in our nation. Our Founding Fathers stated that we could only exist as a nation if we were a moral people.
“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
John Adams, October 11, 1798
Therefore, my solution to this problem is three-fold:
1. We need to humble ourselves, get on our knees and pray.
2. When we go to the voting booths, we need to remember that when you vote for the lesser of two evils, you still elect evil. Stop voting for the Republicans and the Democrats, they are both evil. Pick a 3rd party. Vote for them, even if they can’t win. If the Republicans and Democrats lose 10% of their voting power, they will change.
“Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote!”
3. Ask yourself if you want to be the well-armed lamb, or lunch.