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==A Necessity for Democracy and Freedom==
==A Necessity for Democracy and Freedom==
Revision as of 12:29, 11 September 2019
Europe Knife Attacks
Europe has very strict anti-gun regulations, and is still experiencing serious crime from knife attacks. In April 2019, Britain experienced record levels of stabbing homicides. Britain is struggling to find an answer to what has become a national emergency. Even apart from guns, there is a growing number of mass murders perpetrated through stabbing, bludgeoning, and arson.
Even if guns were outlawed altogether, that would still not prevent evil people from harming others, because guns are simply a tool by which that is accomplished, not the cause. Addressing the symptom does nothing to resolve the underlying root cause; namely a degradation of societal morality. The problem is not one of regulating the weapons but addressing the spiritual issues that drive people to harm others in the first place.
What do Democrats plan to do? Outlaw sharp objects? People will bludgeon one another as occurred in the 2017 Boston bludgeoning of four people, 2017 Lin Family murders in which five people were bludgeoned to death, murders by Ted Bundy, or 2004 Deltona Massacre when 6 people were bludgeoned to death in Florida. A 73 year-old woman recently bludgeoned her friend to death with a brick in September 2019 for example. In December 2018, a 30-year-old woman pleaded guilty to attempted murder for committing an unprovoked hate crime in trying to bludgeon a 92-year-old man to death with a brick out of racial animosity.
Then Democrats will have to outlaw all blunt, somewhat heavy objects as well as sharp objects. Glass can be broken to create sharp objects, as can pieces of wood, so they'll have to be outlawed also. Then there is the risk people will kill one another through mass arson, as occurred in the June 2019 Japan arson which killed 33 people or Happy Land Fire which killed 87 people in 1990. So clearly fire will have to be outlawed. But people can still murder each other through drowning them, so water will have to be outlawed also.
Logically, where does it stop? You can't simply outlaw everything that can be used to harm others. The solution is to address WHY people are doing these things, the underlying causes of moral decay in society, not the tools being used to commit them.
A Necessity for Democracy and Freedom
As stated by the 2nd Amendment, the right to bear arms is indispensable to preserving freedom. Given that firearms are a defense against government tyranny, it is dangerous for government to begin deciding which weapons or ammunition are permissible for citizens to have, so any legislation effecting gun control should be passed via nationwide ballot referendum.
|“||“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.”
-Amendment II in the Bill of Rights
As stated by the Declaration of Independence, inalienable rights are 'God-given.' Governments exist to 'secure these rights' and, when becoming destructive of those rights, may be replaced by the people. However, that right of the people to free self-determination of government, vis. to replace corrupted governments with new ones, cannot occur if the people are deprived of their 2nd Amendment right to bear arms.
|“||"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, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security."
-Declaration of Independence
As John Basil Barnham once famously observed, "Where the people fear the government you have tyranny. Where the government fears the people you have liberty." The 2nd Amendment helps safeguard not so much against violent criminals as against corrupt governments, which historically are even more dangerous.
U.S. Defense Conditioned On Militias
According to Article 1, Section 8, Clause 12, permanent standing armies are unconstitutional and should not exist after two years.
|“||"To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years; To provide and maintain a Navy; To make Rules for the Government and Regulation of the land and naval Forces; To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions;"
-U.S. Constitution, Article 1, Sec. 8, Clause 12.
Gun Control and Tyranny
Examples of corrupt and tyrannical governments using gun control to enact horrible genocides include the following:
The Nazis did not confiscate weapons from everyone, but did confiscate them from their political enemies such as the Jews.
The Bolshevik Revolution in 1918 led to a widespread seizure of firearms, culminating in gulags targeting political prisoners, as millions were executed or starved to death by Communism.
The Armenian Genocide from 1915-17 occurred after the Armenians were targeted with gun control measures.
1971 to 1979 Uganda Massacres
Idi Amin's predecessor, Obote, instituted a nationwide gun ban with the exception of government officials, resulting in genocide.
Pol Pot implemented the 1975-77 genocide using the Khmer Rouge following a program of gun confiscation.
Gun Control and Slavery
Research by 2nd Amendment researcher Clayton E. Cramer reveals that gun control laws dating back to the 1700s in states such as Louisiana and Virginia were used to protect the institution of slavery and prevent African-Americans from resisting.
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- N.a. (2019, July 18). "Japan Mourns After the Worst Mass Killing in Two Decades Claims 33 Lives in Arson Attack." CNBC.
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- "Declaration of Independence: A Transcription." National Archives.
- America's Founding Documents. (n.d.). "The Constitution of the United States: A Transcription." National Archives.
- Halbrook, S.P. (2013, December 2). "How the Nazis Used Gun Control." National Review.
- Shevchenko, N. (2017, November 28). "How Russians Lost Their Own 2nd Amendment: The Right to Bear Arms." Russia Beyond.
- Emery, D. (2017, November 11). “A Little Gun History.” Snopes.
- Cramer, C.E. (1993). "The Racist Roots of Gun Control." FirearmsAndLiberty.com.