February 9, 2003
If ever there was a time for embracing, celebrating and defending the second amendment this is it.
It is not coincidence that every country that ever suffered draconian government oppression had the benefit of a disarmed populace.
The Bush administration has put the nation on a "high" terror alert for only the second time since the Sept. 11 attacks. We are being warned that Al Qaeda may be planning “attacks on hotels, apartment buildings and other vulnerable targets in the United States”.
· There is talk of
o “dirty bombs” (low rent nukes)
o Biological and
o Chemical attacks.
· Extra security around the country is being focused on
o Staffing levels
o Border inspections
o And Jewish sites.
Officials say they had become increasingly concerned about the threat of a biological or chemical attack
Information from interviews with the suspects and other intelligence sources suggest that terrorist plots could be timed to coincide next week with the end of the Muslim period of hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca.
For over a year and a half we have heard the ubiquitous government refrain of “…it’s not a question of IF but WHEN terrorists will strike again.”
Now is the time for every American to acknowledge their God given right to defend themselves and their families. The late Dr. Robert Humphries also asserted we have an obligation to protect each other (others). Jack Hoban memorialized the philosophy of Dr. Humphries in ‘The Warrior Creed’. "Wherever I go, everyone is a little bit safer because I am there. Wherever I am, anyone in need has a friend. Whenever I return home, everyone is happy I am there.”
Terrorism by definition “terrorizes”. When food, water, transportation, communication, and security are threatened, frightened mobs do bad stuff. What do you do when armed gangs storm your house? Dial 911 and wait? Good luck!
The most dependable and efficient tool with which to defend life and property are firearms.
Tom Ridge said it was "probably not a bad idea" for families to discuss emergency plans in the event of another terrorist attack.
"Recent intelligence reports suggest that Al Qaeda leaders have emphasized planning for attacks on apartment buildings, hotels and other soft or lightly secured targets in the United States," Mr. Ashcroft said.
"I know a lot of parents and spouses are saying, `Well, what should we do? What does this mean for us?" Mr. Ridge said. "And all I would say to you as a parent and a spouse is, take the time now to get informed. " Sure “get informed” AND get armed.
FBI Director Mueller added: "We believe that an alert public is our strongest asset. If you observe suspicious activity, I encourage you to contact your local F.B.I. office or your local police." An “alert public” is just half the equation. Alert, armed and dangerous is three times better.
John F. Kennedy once said, "Today, we need a nation of Minutemen, citizens who are not only prepared to take arms, but citizens who regard the preservation of freedom as the basic purpose of their daily life and who are willing to consciously work and sacrifice for that freedom."
The Second Amendment was not crafted to allow hunters and target shooters to own firearms. The Second Amendment was crafted to guarantee that if (God forbid) Americans were ever again faced with tyrannical government intent on enslaving the populace, "we the people" would have the tools necessary to rise up and reclaim our freedom and liberty. That's a fact!
It is also a fact that tyranny may not, or need not, come our government, but from outside antagonists….such as terrorists.
The Second Amendment was "ordained and established" to allow Americans to again (if necessary) fight for freedom and liberty. The Second Amendment is a protection against tyranny…ANY tyranny.
After World War II the Japanese were asked why they didn't invade the West Coast of the United States after bombing Pearl Harbor. Reportedly they said they resisted the temptation because they were keenly aware that many Americans (especially in the West) were both armed and proficient with firearms. Likewise, after the Cold War a group of CIA and KGB types were talking and trading cold war stories when the question came up about plans to invade the continental United States. The Russians laughed, "Not as long as you have so many armed citizens."Dr. John Lott claims ‘More Guns Less Crime’ http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0226493644/
103-3001329-4374260?vi=glance . I would add ‘More Guns More National Security.
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