Repeal Of The 2nd Amendment Vs. Common Sense

Repeal of the 2nd Amendment vs. Common Sense
JH Gordon

Author’s note: I don’t usually reprint things without permission, but in this case the author is anonymous and the piece was sent to me as an email forward. I thank the author whoever you are as your thoughts and sense of history mirror my own.

The goal for some is to repeal the Second Amendment. Anonymous and I agree. The right to self protection should not be overwhelmed by the oppression of the frightened or those who believe government can protect us in our homes or from bad people foreign or domestic.

Their answer to other governments when it comes to war is mutually assured destruction. We hopefully vote for people who are more creative than that. We want peace in the world and not saber rattling because out of the other side of their mouths they preach domestic tranquility through the revocation of our rights to take responsibility for our homes and families.

Most of us don’t want a Big Brother taking care of us. We want responsible public servants who work with the job description provided, we even have them take an oath they will protect and defend their job description.

The Constitution and Bill of Rights should be a national discussion, not one for media sensationalists or sob sisters who believe they can make utopia through prohibition.

The historical data is valid in the Anonymous portion below. My own remarks precede those of Anonymous, thank you whoever you are.

Gun control arguments seem full of revisionist history and as such serve a pretty pure propaganda purpose. But here's something that's not propaganda. It’s just facts, not re-interpretations of the re-imagined motivations of the Founders and early Congresses.

In the 15th, through most of the early 20th century almost everybody had a gun around. No household outside of New Amsterdam could survive without one for nearly 500 years thereafter.

Logic tells us then; any Congressman or Senator or President who even entertained disarming private citizens would have wound up on the business end of same.

New interpretations of the thoughts of the Founders end in the same kind of result that's been around since before the more modern Stalin and Hitler and the Turks decided genocide was easier when people are unarmed.

When we need protection from ourselves, we belong in a rubber room. Should we not question the motives of those who would remove our right to self defense? History seems to indicate we be careful of such people.

Are you going to go out and shoot someone? Are you going to shoot someone who comes in your house to harm you or your family? Beyond that, there's little to question. Except the true motives and nature of people who want to take away your rights. It’s also about the true nature and motives of people who follow them into office. Power over an unarmed populace grows exponentially.

I think it's important for everyone to remember, Americans are just like everyone else. Our young men, soldiers and police, can be ordered to atrocity. So long as that’s true, how can we believe atrocity can’t be visited upon us?

Viet Nam, Laos, Iraq, Afghanistan, Alabama, Chicago, Watts, LA, Kent State, New Orleans, it doesn't matter where we send our soldiers and police-- bad things can happen. Wrong things can and do happen. Are the massacres and rapes in Viet Nam, Iraq, an Afghanistan such ancient history? Is Guantanamo? Are insane local mass murderers the only ones who become inhumane?

What is the difference in mental state of someone walking into a theater or elementary school intent on killing strangers and someone in a uniform walking into or flying over a distant village or city doing exactly the same thing? Does it really protect democracy? Are they really doing it in your name?

What about the pimply faced kid on the swizzle stick driving a drone? Would he refuse an unlawful or immoral or inhumane order? Does he? After all, his orders ultimately come from a very moral man. There’s a button to push, a trigger to be pulled, but the ultimate decision is in an ostensibly -moral man’s head.

It's my opinion post traumatic stress syndrome may be the result of being forced to do or participate in insane and inhumane acts. In the military it’s the ultimate helplessness and profound guilt for that helplessness that is fostered and the VA is in denial.

So is there humanity in government? Where are the high morals that want the Ten Commandments on the Courthouse lawn or a President's desk yet are so easily dismissed and suspended when presented with an opportunity for oppression? Obviously there's a switch in everyone's head. With most of us it's a hard switch to throw—with the ultimately powerful, not so much.

There is a state of mind that allows us to kill. It's in everyone if it's in anyone. Reluctance to kill is what makes us human and humane.

Our ancestors had respect for the animals they killed for survival. The switch is there, if not, what is it about us that can go to the meat counter and not realize lives were taken? How can we forget the circumstances in which they lived and died? It's a switch in our heads. The switch exists. Evidence is indisputable.

The sane kill reluctantly and then only for survival. That's why we can kill an aggressor albeit reluctantly but no less instantly. It's why we've survived as a species for 40,000 years.

How handy are you with a broomstick or a kitchen knife? Could you protect your family and home from anyone? Or would you prefer something that would change an aggressor's intent? Never bring a knife to a gunfight I’ve heard it said. I’d add: and be careful whose door you kick in. That's the real message, and I think it's a Right and pure survival instinct, if not Obama's, God's at least; He made the switches.

It's not the guns that do it. It's the lack of self defense that allows it. The broken minds of sadistic killers and home invaders come in many forms and some in uniforms. And it's usually something they'd never do in their right mind.

An atrocity is an act by someone insane. There's something wrong with their switch. And it seems it's not just God we should blame, part of it appears to be the fault of the FDA and the pharmaceutical industry. But that's just based on evidence lately.

Some are insane naturally, or after indoctrination in boot camp or too much video and high fructose caffeine energy drinks, or being elected or seizing power. History shows there are those driven insane by absolute power. Some of them blast forth from basements. Who knows why their switches short out; but let us keep the tools to deter them until someone figures it out.

As you read the article below I believe you’ll conclude the real sadistic killers are the ones giving orders. It's the voices in someone's head or in their ear whether they're outside a school or on a hillside overlooking the massacre of a village or sitting behind a desk on phone in Washington; are they not the same?

It can’t happen here? It won’t happen to me? Why not make that as sure as we can?

There's the final argument you hear from perhaps well meaning people advocating suspension of the 2nd Amendment, that is; you’re paranoid or you’re a gun nut from a "Gun Culture".

They ask questions like; do you know how small the odds are of running into a madman or of them coming to your office, or school (or at a theater near you)? I’d add; or of someone invading your home, or police or soldiers kicking in your door for your weapons or because you live in a certain area? And also I’d add; or because you send or receive suspicious e-mails? You're of the wrong race or creed or color. Or someone in power doesn’t like your opinion. What are the chances of that...?

I think there's a better question. What are the chances you'll turn into a mass murderer because you own a gun? If the chances are between slim and none, you probably should keep your gun.

That's not just my opinion, we don’t have to dig up John Adams or Tom Jefferson; their writings are hard to disagree with. Controlling the lust for power and maintaining liberty requires eternal vigilance. It also requires the tools to do so.
JH Gordon
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Again, the author of the piece below is unknown to me. It came to me UN-credited from several friends who forwarded it. I thank author and humbly apologize that I cannot offer them credit. Perhaps it’s enough that others are inspired to think about the message. I hope so.

A Lesson to be Learned on the Anniversary of Wounded Knee

December 29, 2012 marked the 122nd Anniversary of the murder of 297 Sioux Indians at Wounded Knee Creek on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. These 297 people, in their winter camp, were murdered by federal agents and members of the 7th Cavalry who had come to confiscate their firearms “for their own safety and protection”. The slaughter began AFTER the majority of the Sioux had peacefully turned in their firearms. When the final round had flown, of the 297 dead or dying, two thirds (200) were women and children.

Around 40 members of the 7th Cavalry were killed; over half cut down by friendly fire from the Hotchkiss guns of their overzealous comrades-in-arms. Twenty members of the 7th Cavalry were deemed “National Heroes” and awarded the Medal of Honor for their acts of cowardice.

We do not hear of Wounded Knee today. It is not mentioned in our history classes or books. What little does exist about Wounded Knee is normally the sanitized “Official Government Explanation” or the historically and factually inaccurate depictions of the events leading up to the massacre on the movie screen.

Wounded Knee was among the first federally backed gun confiscation attempts in United States history. It ended in the senseless murder of 297 people.

Before you jump on the emotionally charged bandwagon for gun-control, take a moment to reflect on the real purpose of the Second Amendment - The right of the people to take up arms in defense of themselves, their families, and property in the face of invading armies or an oppressive government. The argument that the Second Amendment only applies to hunting and target shooting is asinine. When the United States Constitution was drafted “hunting” was an everyday chore carried out by men and women to put meat on the table each night, and “target shooting” was an unheard of concept, musket balls were a precious commodity in the wilds of early America, and were certainly not wasted “target shooting”. The Second Amendment was written by people who fled oppressive and tyrannical regimes in Europe, and refers to the right of American citizens to be armed for defense purposes should such tyranny rise in the United States.

As time goes on the average citizen in the United States continues to lose personal freedom or “liberty”. Far too many times unjust bills are passed and signed into law under the guise of “for your safety” or “for protection”. The Patriot Act signed into law by G.W. Bush, then expanded and continued by Barack Obama is just one of many examples of American citizens being ******** of their rights and privacy for “safety”. Now, the Right to Keep and Bear Arms is on the table, and will, most likely be taken away for “our safety”.

Before any American citizen blindly accepts whatever new firearms legislation that is about to be doled out, they should stop and think about something for just one minute - Evil does exist in our world. It always has and always will. Throughout history evil people have committed evil acts. In the Bible one of the first stories is that of Cain killing Abel. We cannot legislate “evil” into extinction. Good people will abide by the law; defective people will always find a way around it.

And another thought Evil exists all around us, but looking back at the historical record of the past 200 years across the globe, where is “evil” and “malevolence” most often found? In the hands of those with the power - governments.

The greatest human tragedies on record, and the largest loss of innocent human life can be attributed to governments. Who do governments target? “Scapegoats” and “enemies” within their own borders… but only after they have been disarmed to the point where they are no longer a threat. Ask any Native American, and they will tell you it was inferior technology and lack of arms that contributed to their demise. Ask any Armenian why it was so easy for the Turks to exterminate millions of them, and they will answer “We were disarmed before it happened”. Ask any Jew what Hitler’s first step prior to the mass murders of the Holocaust was - confiscation of firearms from the people.

Wounded Knee is the prime example of why the Second Amendment exists, and why we shouldn’t be in such a hurry to surrender our Right to Bear Arms. Without the Second Amendment we have no right to defend ourselves and our families.
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****I believe the 2nd Amendment is a matter of personal sovereignty. No one can have the right to suspend our right to personal protection, choice, and extended freedom so long as we do not violate the rights of others. The first part is God given; the second is because we are humane.
JH



JHGordon JHGordon
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3 Responses Jan 22, 2013

So, given the total number of gun deaths for the whole year, as posted by the Gun Violence Archive on 31st. December 2015, was 52,252, and the number of cases listed as Defensive Use was only 1,259, or just 2.4049% of cases, there really are not too many Americans defending themselves with guns. Given that, do you think they could do better against a tyranical government? If anyone tried to scrap our gun laws here in Britain, they wouldn't last two minutes. The definition of a truly free society is when people have the laws they vote for.

Bravo! Thank you for taking the time to publsih this piece. You are spot on!!

They must learn it from within. And when it comes to guns, they should seek the knowledge and experience of mature persons who are not likely to use them as an extension of ego. Like life, there are tools you can use and tools you only use responsibly. Becoming responsible is a personal decision. It's also about being an adult.