The Right is Right About Rights
By Marvin Disgruntled, Staff Writer
The Bill of Rights is a uniquely American creation. When George Washington wrote them on the back of an envelope before his appearance at Gettysburg as the rocket’s red glare glowed over head, it was a simpler time of principles over politics and majorities over minorities. Men were men, women were women, and we were who we were, once and for all, e pluribus unum. Liberals didn’t exist back when we were the greatest nation in the universe, and there was peace in our country. What was different back then? We all had guns. Amen.
We can recapture that peaceful easy feeling again, but to do so, we will need to follow more closely and literally this grand Bill of Rights and heed its important lessons. There is one amendment however, that is the greatest among equals. It is greater than the other enumerated rights because without it, all the other rights are impossible. Over the years, the power and reach of this amendment has been eroded, but now more than ever, it needs to be followed as Washington intended some 400 years ago.
The 2nd Amendment states:
“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.”
So what was the original intent of this amendment? I’ve been doing some reading on this. In the late 1700s, muskets, rifles, and cannons were the weapons of war. If you had muskets and rifles, and the government had muskets and rifles, then you had a state of MAD – mutually assured destruction. The government could not move against the people, because both sides were proportionately armed. This created an environment in which the government was careful not to tread on any person’s individual liberties, lest the one of the government’s unionized public servants pay the ultimate price.
Today the sides are no longer even. The government now has enhanced weaponry at its disposal. Armored trucks with machine guns, SAMs (surface to air missiles), long range bombers, and high powered rifles fill their arsenals. These high-tech weapons were not available in 1789. Making sure that the sides were of even strength was easy in colonial times. Rebalancing the scales of power today is more complex and expensive, but no less important. In order to protect citizens from tyranny and government oppression as the Founders intended, we must protect the right of law-abiding citizens to purchase and maintain weapons equal in lethal firepower to those owned by the government. This is common sense.
Think it through logically. If your neighbor owned a nuclear weapon, doesn’t it follow that no one would try to break into his home, trample on his flower beds, or drop by unannounced selling coupon booklets for local businesses during the traditional dinner hour? You betcha. Your right to live and let live would be respected, just as the Founders intended. If you could drive a tank loaded and ready with 50 caliber shells, what federal agency lackey would pull you over for violating those liberal utopian HOV restrictions on your favorite highway? Now that is real freedom, my friends, like the Founders had when they traveled by horseback through the forests and the fields, over hill and dale, to grandmother’s house they went.
Of course, it naturally follows that tracking these purchases would be an invitation to the government to come and confiscate your legal property on a whim. There can be no freedom as long as a database of these purchases exists. If the government doesn’t know which person has a Predator drone in his garage capable of dropping a 2,000 pound bomb, it has to assume that everyone does. That, my friends, is a blanket of security under which we can all sleep, albeit with one eye open.
In fairness to all Americans large and small, we cannot consider restricting the purchase of these vital weapons systems to those deemed “mentally incompetent”, whatever that means. Restricting weapons access would be an invitation to the government to oppress those less emotionally stable members of our communities, and again, this is an invitation to tyranny. And tyranny is bad. We are against that. And you must be, too.
Cost for the average weapons system can deter many hard working Americans from buying and owning the gun, rifle, launcher, or nuclear submarine to best provide adequate home defense; however, if this onerous and unconstitutional restriction on buying large systems is lifted, more buyers in the marketplace will mean lower prices for all. How? Surely government contractors looking to expand their market share will develop new, more affordable weapon systems to meet the new demand. Neighbor could band together with neighbor to pool their resources, creating their own militia as prescribed in the Constitution. It’s a win-win for Americans and the American economy!
We need to get back to our roots, the good ol’ days. Let’s finally start embracing the original intent of the 2nd Amendment in this country, and allow for the unfettered individual ownership of high tech weaponry by private citizens. The scales of justice have been balanced for too long in the government’s favor. We will never be truly free until we are all heavily armed.
The best defense is a good offense, and defense wins championships. Let’s win the future!
I wonder what would happen if Marvin Disgruntled’s advice was accepted:
March 12, 2018
A lone citizen militiaman shot and killed 120 innocent people during a restaurant altercation over a dirty drinking glass.
The as-yet unnamed patriot used a bazooka, hand grenade and an automatic rifle that shot upwards of 100 rounds per minute. He attacked after complaining to his server about the cleanliness standards of the restaurant, and then being handed a dirty drinking glass. Patrons at the restaurant reported that the gunman had earlier commented loudly that the service was slow, and the attention to detail by the staff was sorely lacking. It is rumored, but unconfirmed, that his soup was lukewarm as well.
The NRA released a statement condemning the man:
“Our hearts go out to the victims of this senseless violence. We caution the anti-Constitutional elements on the Left not to use this event as a political staging ground for any restrictions on a citizen’s individual right to maintain their own well regulated militia. Annual membership is currently available by going to our website, www.nrasaves.org, and a portion of your membership fee will go towards protecting the rights of avid sportsmen and hunters to kill and maim animals in the wild, as well as any suspicious characters who approach your home uninvited, and at a rate of 100 rounds per minute. Thank you for your support.”
The shooter escaped the scene in a vintage Sherman tank. Witnesses and victims fired a number of bullets in his direction, killing or wounding dozens more bystanders, but the perpetrator got away during the melee. Police are searching for a man, medium height, medium build, medium intelligence, wearing jeans, a flak jacket, and a wry smile. Area residents should be prepared to shoot anyone matching this description on sight for their own protection.
On a related note, the hours for this weekend’s blood drive have been extended until 6 PM.