By Devvy Kidd
“The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. A well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained to arms, is the best and most natural defense of a free country.” —James Madison, I Annals of Congress 434, June 8, 1789
“What, Sir, is the use of a militia? It is to prevent the establishment of a standing army, the bane of liberty …. Whenever Governments mean to invade the rights and liberties of the people, they always attempt to destroy the militia, in order to raise an army upon their ruins.” —Rep. Elbridge Gerry of Massachusetts, Annals of Congress 750, August 17, 1789
“A militia when properly formed are in fact the people themselves…and include, according to the past and general usuage of the states, all men capable of bearing arms… “To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them.” —Richard Henry Lee, Federal Farmer No. 18, January 25, 1788
“The right of the citizens to keep and bear arms has justly been considered, as the palladium of the liberties of a republic; since it offers a strong moral check against the usurpation and arbitrary power of rulers; and will generally, even if these are successful in the first instance, enable the people to resist and triumph over them.” —Joseph Story, Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States, 1833
“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
Gun owners across this country continue to wail and complain about more and more gun-grabbing laws. More laws gutting the Second Amendment by scheming political whores in both Congress and state capitols.
More useless gun laws must be passed is the on-going screeching by brain dead “experts” on social media as well as the braying asses who make up the Hollywood crowd.
“Do something” they all shout after another terrible mass shooting by mentally ill killers. It’s “necessary” and if members of Congress don’t crap on the Second Amendment again, throw them out of office and don’t forget to impeach President Trump because he’s always responsible for every tragedy in this country!
“Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.” —William Pitt
The level of ignorance by politicians regarding the Second Amendment is killing this country in ways people can’t imagine. Oh, sure, many of those dogs, particularly in the Democratic/Communist Party USA know their stand on the Second Amendment is nothing short of tyranny. They don’t give a damn. Their agenda is and always has been total disarmament of We the People.
I sound like a broken record as I’ve written about this before over many years but who is really responsible for letting Congress and state legislatures unconstitutionally legislate away your God-given rights and eviscerating the Second Amendment?
Those who vote for anti-Second Amendment candidates and vote to reelect incumbents who babble every election cycle how they support the Second Amendment then turn right around and vote for more gun control ‘laws’.
I was ignorant on the true meaning of the Second Amendment until 2005 when I began reading Dr. Edwin Vieira’s research based solely on historical facts. Not clichés used by gun advocacy organizations: The right to own and bear arms shall not be infringed.
Most – especially the NRA – all forget the first thirteen words of the Second Amendment: “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state,”
Those who rely only on the second part in the Second Amendment “…the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed” act like the first thirteen words don’t exist.
Well, I’m telling you right now the two are married and unless and until gun owners in this country get educated on the true meaning of the Second Amendment and the constitutional militia, you will continue chasing your tails, throwing money at organizations like the NRA so they can wine and dine politicians while they negotiate away your Second Amendment rights.
My late husband and I belonged to the NRA for many years until I got educated and realized they are not truly serving their members. Yes, the NRA has always had great programs for gun safety and marksmanship, but if their cash cow – the right to own and bear arms – is their only argument, then they are not doing their job.
Yes, they are fully aware of Edwin’s historical and factual analysis of the true meaning of the Second Amendment but insanely enough, won’t touch it. Why? This is speculation on my part but it has to do with the cuss word, militia.
Funny thing, though. The Second Amendment reads: A well regulated militia…
After Ruby Ridge and Waco the word militia became a dirty word. Politicians from both parties stayed away from it like one would avoid a leper. Well-meaning and justifiably angry citizens over those two preventable slaughters where innocents were murdered by our government, who jumped on the militia train accomplish nothing.
They accomplished nothing because they were not the true constitutional militia but rather loose-knit groups with zero authority. Nor are any of the individual militia chapters throughout the states. Many are doing good things like helping people during natural disasters and so forth. But they are not the constitutional militia and neither is the National Guard as some claim.
The Arizona State Militia is not part of the state apparatus but private citizens. I believe they have the best of intentions but when push comes to shove, they can get in serious legal trouble. See this column; scroll down to the part about the militia.
Years ago, some genius sent me email after reading one of my columns on this issue and said, “We don’t need the damn state, we are the militia”. Really? And, pray tell Mr. Testosterone, just how did you come to that legal determination?
Several Republicans in Congress are starting to cave joining the mobs demanding more and more gun laws that will do nothing to stop mentally ill individuals from killing innocent people. More background checks! More this more that until you can’t pick up a gun in your own home without a county sheriff standing there watching.
Keep throwing money at gun organizations that are not working towards the final solution. Keep donating money for court battles over the ‘right to own and bear arms’. The dog chasing its tail.
Unless and until the states reconstitute the constitutional militia as MANDATED IN the Second Amendment nothing will change. And, very important: The constitutional militia must be armed to the same degree of fire power as the enemy. You don’t take a knife to a gun fight.
All the hysteria over so-called assault weapons are political and evil. Why do you think police and sheriff’s departments in high urban gang infested areas began upping their fire power decades ago? Because a .38 police special up against an AK-47 is like an elephant scratching its back with a toothpick.
Hunters can sit around the camp fire and bitch about more gun laws. Gun owners can sit at the local watering hole and bitch about more gun laws. They can continue to vote for another do-nothing “pro-Second Amendment” incumbent but it won’t change a damn thing. The lawsuits will continue and don’t forget to make that donation.
Or, the 100 million gun owners in this country or even 50% of them can get educated and go after your state legislature and governor. True, in commie states like California it would seem like a lost cause. But the more gun owners who get educated by you and your gun organization can heat things up.
I know organizations like Gun Owners of America and Oath Keepers ‘get it’. Each year the NRA has a huge convention. How about having a national meeting of gun organizations come together say in January or February. All state legislatures open for business this January except Texas, Montana, N. Dakota and Nevada who are all out of session until Jan. 2021.
Make a plan at the meeting to go after as many state legislatures as possible to reconstitute the constitutional militia. Not to replace police or first responders. But, because the Second Amendment means just what it says:
“A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state,”
Dr. Edwin Vieira has written a few million words on this issue. Please don’t send me email about how busy you are and don’t have “time to read all that stuff”. Oh, but you have time to make comments at the bottom of articles or columns about more gun laws. You have time to complain. Come on. Actions speak louder than words.
In 2013 I sent a letter to 1,300 state legislators at my own expense. One page on the constitutional militia and why it must be reconstituted and listed some of Edwin’s books. All Republicans. Not a single response because I am just one.
But if 4 million members of the NRA and a couple million members of GOA and all the other gun organizations in this country got together and made a major, well-coordinated push, success will happen. United we win, divided we fall.
Day before yesterday there was another horrific mass killing 40 miles from my home over in Midland and Odessa, Texas. An evil coward was pulled over for a routine traffic stop. Instead of pulling over, he slowed down and began shooting out his back window with a rifle.
One of the two troopers was shot. As of this writing, 8 are now dead, 21 injured; a couple still in the hospital are critical. That waste of human skin was killed by law enforcement but has left yet another trail of tears that will ever end for the families.
At the time of this writing I finished watching the live update with the Chief of Police and Governor Abbott. Some of the reporter’s questions were the typical liberal BS about banning AR/AK weapons. This killer used “an AK”; that was it.
There has been little to no coverage (except statewide) of another bad shooting incident just the night before in Alabama: 17-year-old arrested for football game shooting, charged with 9 counts of attempted murder. Black male shoots nine people at a football game with a handgun over a fight. Thankfully none have died. The Midland/Odessa slaughter was nationwide instantly.
As I write, the identity of the Midland killer has not been released by law enforcement other than a white male in early 30s. Usually, within a couple hours we know the killer’s name, home address and when and where a weapon was purchased. All that was given out at the press conference was ‘the suspect was a resident of Ector County”. Odessa. Had a criminal record but the police chief refused to elaborate.
Right on que came the usual vomit from buffoons like Beto O’Rourke before anything was really known about that shooting: “Former Texas representative and Democratic presidential nominee hopeful Beto O’Rourke said Saturday’s mass shooting in West Texas ‘is fucked up’ and blasted Congress for not doing enough to stop gun violence.”
Who could know some gutless coward would open fire on state troopers on a Saturday afternoon over a routine traffic stop? We have no idea if the gun was purchased legally or anything else as law enforcement has not released any of those details.
NOTHING Congress could do by way of legislation would have stopped that senseless killing spree or the one last Friday night at that football game.
If gun owners are serious about stopping all these draconian, unnecessary and worthless gun control laws, below is required reading then action:
“The Militia of The Several States” Guarantee the Second Amendment – VERY IMPORTANT SERIES
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