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Top Two Reasons to Own a Gun
clashdaily.com ^ | 01/04/13 | John Kirkwood

Posted on 01/05/2013 6:28:04 AM PST by Taxman

Top Two Reasons to Own a Gun: Thank God and Sam Colt …

My right to own a gun, to stroke it, to use it, and to pass it on to my children is not a matter of pragmatism, so I’m not going to argue statistics or polls, even though they’d be in my favor. And this list is in no particular order because, after the top two reasons, it really doesn’t matter how you order the rest. It’s like the top musical acts of the twentieth century; there’s Elvis and the Beatles and where you rank The Stones, The Who or Led Zeppelin is just a matter of preference. In this case, the top two reasons to own a gun are to “shoot a bastard” and to “shoot a tyrant,” or at least to have the capacity.

Yes, I like poking holes in paper at 1100 feet per second and I love to take a pheasant down with my Remington 870, but “sport” and “hunting” are not the reasons that our founders were so “fanatical” about gun rights. Guns are also a great investment and in the Obama age, that’s a rare commodity, so it cracks the top ten. Want a good return on your investment, buy gold; want a good return on your freedom – buy lead. Still, not in the top two. I even like to stare at the guns in my collection and to see the “O” face of my friends when they eye-fondle my antique Winchester rifle; but our fathers didn’t risk lives, fortunes, and sacred honor for my right to display museum pieces. So let’s get to the meat of the matter, shall we?

Guns are meant to kill. Amen! They’re a tool made for killing. As a tool they can be used rightly or wrongly, and in the commission of justice or malice, but most of the time, they’re never used at all. Killing animals is good for the belly and can give you an appreciation for God’s creation, the food chain and the Noahic Covenant; hunting can even increase the bond between individuals, but it’s not imprimis.

Killing bad guys is; it is good for the soul, the neighborhood, the nation and the universe. Killing bad guys is even good for the ungrateful, pacifist, worm that kvetches at the sight of four tweens playing Risk (because of the implied “conflict”). He doesn’t know it because he’s never read Orwell beyond the stripped and bleached quotes from The Daily Kos, but it is true, “people sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.”

One reason to own a gun is because you can. We’re Americans. The right to KEEP and BEAR guns is our heritage. Dianne Feinstein and Mayor Bloomberg may want us to barter that right away for a bowl of lentils, but our “right” transcends the 2nd Amendment. The founders didn’t grant the right to us; they simply recognized that as free men, we have that right. God gave us the right to protect and defend our lives and our property. We have not ceded that right to the policeman, the soldier or the politician; we have extended that right to them.

To Kill a Bastard:

Personal defense is high on the list and because I live outside of Chicago, I know a thing or two about out-of-control violent crime in the face of draconian, stringent gun laws. Oh, I don’t mean an illegitimate child, here. By “bastard,” I mean a guy who tries to eat you on a Miami highway or tries to kick in the basement window to get jiggy with your five year old. The meth-head that would tie you up and light you on fire, just to get $25 for his next OMG, is a bastard; so is anyone who would separate you from your money, your children, or your heartbeat.

Another great reason to own a gun is because I’m not Chuck Norris or Barack Obama – ghosts don’t sit around the campfire telling “John Kirkwood” stories and I don’t have a personal Secret Service detail, so I’ll have to settle for my H&K .45. Colt gave us the great equalizer, a tool that could put Pee-Wee Herman on equal ground with Conan the Barbarian and civilization is better for it.

There’s something to say about those countries that have disarmed only to be faced with hundreds of thousands of bastards arriving on troop carriers. During World War II, the defenseless British begged the U.S. for arms and thousands of Americans sent their family shotguns and hunting rifles to aid the Limeys in their defense against Nazi bastards.

Personal defense and national defense are damn good reasons to be armed, to be armed well and to be as proficient as the average Hollywood hypocrite who makes a living playing with a gun, is protected by guys with guns and then makes PSA’s about taking our guns away.

To Kill a Tyrant:

“America is at that awkward stage. It’s too late to work within the system, but too early to shoot the bastards.” ~ Claire Wolfe

This is the top dog! Thank God for lead and gun powder or we’d still be living as serfs under a feudal lord. Our founders developed a healthy respect for an armed populace and gleaned their wisdom from guys like Samuel Rutherford. Rutherford wrote LEX REX (Law is King), and it was the garlic necklace to the vampire doctrine of the divine right of kings. He suggests that, while we do owe the King certain things, if that King comes through the front door to rape my wife, he is no longer a king – he’s a rapist and the right thing to do is to draw your sword and to run him through.

My Bushmaster is my sword. If our “representatives” make good on their threats to confiscate guns, then it’ll be time to draw the sword. I respect ballots and so did the founders, but we don’t live in freedom today because Sam Adams and Patrick Henry cast a ballot. Our founders stuffed a musket because the English were stuffing the ballots and as a free man, I retain my right to water the Tree of Liberty if tyranny should arise on my watch.

If that time comes in our generation, then we’ll find out what we’re made of. Christians are fond of quoting Paul’s aphorism, “for me to live is Christ” but when choosing between living by that statement and dying or even discomfort, the herd thins. “From my cold dead hands” is a witticism, a quip, but one day it may be a necessity. Pasting the bumper sticker on your Facebook wall or your Ford F-150 is one thing; living and dying by it is quite another. The pen may be mightier than the sword, but an armed populace is mightier than a tyrant’s pen. My AR-15 is freedom’s spade. It is the main tool in Liberty’s toolbox; the ultimate “just in case” if my generation would need to lay a new foundation. There are those in this country and many in this administration that would like to strip us of our guns, not to protect children, but to accumulate power. It is why they won’t listen to reason; it is why, in the face of contrary evidence, they turn their head and it is why they have a speech and a bill ready to be spewed out on command whenever the next tragedy occurs. If a room full of school children was swept away in Hurricane Sandy, Mayors Bloomberg and Emanuel would call for more gun control.

MOLON LABE!

I will not turn in my spade for a gift card; your bark doesn’t intimidate me, I am not alone and let the resolve of millions of patriots with an understanding of history and firearms, give you pause. I pray to God that it won’t come to it; but if tyranny comes to our doorstep it is most likely to come in uniform, at the dictate of rogue politicians and guarded by the propaganda of a dozen news anchors. What will you do? I can tell you how a “free man” would respond: a short prayer followed by two to the chest and one to the head; come what may!

May it never be! And it will be a lot less likely the more that Americans arm themselves. Arm yourselves in every way and make no apologies for it – ask a Holocaust Jew if he would, ask an Armenian.

Our founders felt it necessary to include not only the protections to keep the citizen armed, but the injunction to keep him free:

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.


TOPICS: History; Society
KEYWORDS: banglist; bastard; cw2; freedom; guncontrol; guns; molonlabe; samcolt; secondamendment; tyranny; tyrant
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Mr. Kirkwood has the most convincing argument in favor of gun ownership I have yet been exposed to.
1 posted on 01/05/2013 6:28:17 AM PST by Taxman
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To: Taxman

2 posted on 01/05/2013 6:36:45 AM PST by Perseverando (Gun control? It's really not about gun control is it? It's really about PEOPLE CONTROL!)
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To: Taxman
When the British began stripping the countrymen of their guns, the right to protect oneself and thy neighbor became sooooooooooo important, that it was added as a particular right in the Bill of Rights.

The Bill of Rights can only be read one way..."that it applies to each and every person as an individual".

The idea that you have to be a part of a "militia group" or a religious "group" to have these rights is false.

3 posted on 01/05/2013 6:40:26 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: Taxman

Superb rant!

War’s coming, folks. A civilizational clash.


4 posted on 01/05/2013 6:44:11 AM PST by elcid1970 ("The Second Amendment is more important than Islam.")
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To: Taxman

Very well written!

Thanks for posting it.


5 posted on 01/05/2013 6:44:13 AM PST by basil (Second Amendment Sisters.org)
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To: Taxman
That essay was excellent, both as to content and as to style.

I was also quite pleasantly surprised last night with Mark Levin. He led the program with a monologue on the Second Amendment and was quite blunt about it: the right to keep and bear arms isn't about hunting or or stopping muggers. It's about stopping a tyrannical government.

Excellent. Simply excellent.

We are facing a propaganda barrage from the rapist enablers and tyrants in Big Media and Big Government to demonize guns and gun owners. I'm very glad to see folks with big platforms "shooting" back.

6 posted on 01/05/2013 6:56:47 AM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: BartMan1; Nailbiter; stanley windrush

ping


7 posted on 01/05/2013 6:59:06 AM PST by IncPen (Molon Labe)
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To: Taxman

And weren’t allthose donated American private guns destroyed by the British government rather than being issued?

The British just had a much milder form of tyranny than the Germans.


8 posted on 01/05/2013 7:10:59 AM PST by hoosierham (Freedom isn't free)
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To: Taxman
MOLON LABE! What is that supposed to mean? Where are his two reasons? This article looks like a big ramble to me. Why can't people get to the point and then explain things without the self richous ramble?
9 posted on 01/05/2013 7:12:14 AM PST by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: Sacajaweau
The idea that you have to be a part of a "militia group" or a religious "group" to have these rights is false.

Along with this we've always heard that having a standing army fulfills the 2A requirement and private gun ownership is obsolete. This is wrong on so many levels it's hard to tackle but I'll try.

Politicians can't work-around the Constitution; if they want to change it, they're required to go the amendment/repeal process which, in the case of the Bill of Rights, they...well...can't.

The Bill of Rights is intended for the people therefore the second cannot logically be reinterpreted to enable the government to have an army. There already was an army when the Bill of Rights was ratified so that viewpoint is clearly fallacious. An army is Government Issue. Governments don't have "rights" they have powers.

Getting long-winded here; I'll quit now.

10 posted on 01/05/2013 7:17:47 AM PST by stormhill
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To: mountainlion

I understood it perfectly. Perhaps you should read it again.


11 posted on 01/05/2013 7:20:27 AM PST by ez (When you're a hammer, everything looks like a nail.)
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To: ez

MOLON LABE! I still do not understand that.

I got short term memory loss and gave up with the first paragraph. I really do not like long winded articles.


12 posted on 01/05/2013 7:23:59 AM PST by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: mountainlion

Perhaps you need to bone up on your reading comprehension.

The two reasons were spelled out clearly and succinctly.


13 posted on 01/05/2013 7:24:54 AM PST by Herodes
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To: mountainlion
MOLON LABE!: Come and Get Them! (Think Leonidas and the Spartan Army)
14 posted on 01/05/2013 7:28:20 AM PST by stormhill
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To: Herodes

bump for freedom


15 posted on 01/05/2013 7:28:58 AM PST by Hang'emAll (Ride to the sound of the guns!)
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To: Taxman
Obama doesn't mind people owning guns.

He just minds law-abiding white people owning guns.

16 posted on 01/05/2013 7:29:52 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum ("More law, less justice." --Cicero)
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To: Herodes
Top Two Reasons to Own a Gun: Thank God and Sam Colt …

Is that all it says? Used to be that the first paragraph gave the what, when, why and where then you could decide if you wanted to read the whole thing. To own a gun to thank God and Sam Colt is kinda ridiculous. I own guns to protect myself form wildlife like bears and mountianlions and such. I guess it depends if you live in the mountains or down town.

17 posted on 01/05/2013 7:32:22 AM PST by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: mountainlion

Try Google. Molon Lave means “Come and Take them” in Greek and was what King Leonidas (see the movie “300”) said to the hoardes of Persians that were attacking Greece.


18 posted on 01/05/2013 7:34:30 AM PST by ez (When you're a hammer, everything looks like a nail.)
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To: mountainlion
Dude - If you read the entire thing, the two reasons are: 1. to shoot a bastard, and 2. to shoot a tyrant.

Sheesh.

19 posted on 01/05/2013 7:37:53 AM PST by brewcrew
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To: mountainlion

(I hope this picture will help you understand.)

20 posted on 01/05/2013 7:38:02 AM PST by Perseverando (Gun control? It's really not about gun control is it? It's really about PEOPLE CONTROL!)
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To: Taxman

I do not own guns because I am free, I am free because I own guns.


21 posted on 01/05/2013 7:38:50 AM PST by Ouderkirk (Obama has turned America into an aristocracy of the unaccomplished.)
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To: ez
Try Google. Molon Lave means

Oh great, now I have to learn greek, imporve brain damage, increase comprehension, deal with dyslexia and what will come along next. If I did not want to upset some neighbors I would set up a target outside and clear my head each morning.

22 posted on 01/05/2013 7:39:46 AM PST by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: ez

I don’t understand this love affair with Molon Lave.

Spartans held Thermopylae for three days, they were ultimately annihilated.


23 posted on 01/05/2013 7:42:45 AM PST by Gadsden1st
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To: Taxman

Great post Taxman.

Your post inspired me to read further.
I found an website where some one posts 76 reasons to own a gun. There’s probably even more.

I hope you won’t mind me sharing that link.
http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig10/gillespie1.1.1.html

I’ll be signing off now, so there will be no quick responses to any comments.


24 posted on 01/05/2013 7:47:41 AM PST by Morris70
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To: Perseverando
I like the picture. I hate long articles. A picture can explain in a glance. But the first sentence must not be the title of the article “Top Two Reasons to Own a Gun: Thank God and Sam Colt …” seems a bit misplaced. the top two reasons to own a gun are to “shoot a bastard” and to “shoot a tyrant,” or at least to have the capacity. This guy has two divergent two top reasons to own a gun. The picture does a much better job of getting an idea across.
25 posted on 01/05/2013 7:49:15 AM PST by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: Perseverando

Anywhere I might find a larger version of that picture? It really describes the left perfectly.


26 posted on 01/05/2013 7:49:29 AM PST by meyer (Proud member of the 53%.)
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To: ArrogantBustard
Excellent comment: Mark Levin 2nd Amendment monologue.
27 posted on 01/05/2013 7:59:31 AM PST by Baynative (Those that work for a living are now outnumbered by those that vote for a living.)
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To: Taxman

“Guns are meant to kill. Amen! They’re a tool made for killing.”

Not necessarily. A skeet gun is not designed to kill, although it can. A target rifle or pistol is not designed to kill, although it can.

The philosophy behind the design of some military rifles and their cartridges was that they should wound rather than kill because killing an opponent took just one out of combat while wounding him took three or more out due to the number of people required to care for the wounded one.

My personal defense weapons are designed for defense. They can kill, but that is incidental to the defense effort. Here in Ohio (last I heard) we aren’t even allowed to shoot to kill. We’re only allowed to shoot to stop. Any “killing” is a side effect of the “stopping”.

That guns are only for killing is gun control propaganda that too many of us fall for.


28 posted on 01/05/2013 7:59:57 AM PST by KrisKrinkle (Blessed be those who know the depth and breadth of their ignorance. Cursed be those who don't.)
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To: hoosierham

***And weren’t all those donated American private guns destroyed by the British government rather than being issued?***

After Dunkurk, the American guns were issued as there were not enough rifles in England to stop the Nazis.

After the war, some historic guns were given to museums, others were sent back to their American owners (if they knew the address of the owner). The rest were dumped into the sea.

If it had not been for the American guns the Brits would have met a nazi onslaught with those traditional English peasant weapons, the hay rake and the pitch fork.


29 posted on 01/05/2013 8:02:57 AM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (GUNS.. the rightful property of freemen, and formidable only to tyrannical governments.”)
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To: Gadsden1st

Not here to defend Molon Labe...I have never uttered the phrase. Just spreading information...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Molon_labe


30 posted on 01/05/2013 8:04:12 AM PST by ez (When you're a hammer, everything looks like a nail.)
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To: mountainlion
Just admit it: you either misunderstood or you didn't read far enough.

No great shame in either.

31 posted on 01/05/2013 8:09:52 AM PST by brewcrew
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To: mountainlion
Obviously stated in the opening paragraph:
"In this case, the top two reasons to own a gun are to “shoot a bastard” and to “shoot a tyrant,” or at least to have the capacity."
32 posted on 01/05/2013 8:10:47 AM PST by Baynative (Those that work for a living are now outnumbered by those that vote for a living.)
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To: Taxman

Yesterday I watched Charles Kuralt’s “The Revoutionary War” (1994) on the Military Channel (5-6 hrs). Does everyone realize how tenuous our hold on victory was? How uncertain the outcome of that war was? The Brits had most of the soldiers, most of the training, most of the arms, most of the powder, most of the bullets, most of the food and comforts and won most of the battles. But the Patriots won the campaign and the war.

Not only must we prevent the government from ever taking our guns, we must train to use them. And that goes for people like me who have (until now) been content to have others (husband, police, army) protect us. We all need to be prepared.


33 posted on 01/05/2013 8:12:19 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: mountainlion

“I hate long articles”

Suggestion:
Start reading “Unintended Consequences”.

John Ross explains it better.


34 posted on 01/05/2013 8:20:11 AM PST by Road Glide
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To: Baynative
So you are saying that the first sentence in the article has absolutely nothing to do with the article?

Top Two Reasons to Own a Gun: Thank God and Sam Colt …

35 posted on 01/05/2013 8:20:23 AM PST by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: hoosierham; All
And weren’t allthose donated American private guns destroyed by the British government rather than being issued?

No, they were issued and used during the war by the Home Guard.

After the war, nearly all were destroyed rather than returned by dumping them in the deep. A few examples were returned because the donator had the presence of mind to mark their address and name on the gun and demand that they be returned after the war.

36 posted on 01/05/2013 8:21:08 AM PST by marktwain
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To: Taxman
To Kill a Tyrant:
^^^^^^^^^^^^

Because of the Second Amendment we are not slaves today.

On a back shelf in the mind of every politician since the beginning of our nation sits the Second Amendment.

I am convinced that we are free today because of the Second Amendment. Without this protection the Marxists would have made their move to tyranny in the 1920s and 30s. Before them, some other wan’nabe tyrant would have.

37 posted on 01/05/2013 8:26:21 AM PST by wintertime
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To: brewcrew
No great shame in either.

The start was confusing to me the first sentence is “Top Two Reasons to Own a Gun: Thank God and Sam Colt …” which the first paragraph says absolutely nothing about. Then there is the is “MOLON LABE! “ which I thought might have something to do with surrender. The Picture cleared that up quickly. I had some more coffee and kinda see the structure of the article but it starts out quite contorted. I don't disagree with him but he is long winded and the start was hard to follow.

38 posted on 01/05/2013 8:28:18 AM PST by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: Sacajaweau
The idea that you have to be a part of a "militia group" or a religious "group" to have these rights is false.

If we read the Militia Act of 1792 we will have a better understanding what is meant by militia.

I. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, That each and every free able-bodied white male citizen of the respective States, resident therein, who is or shall be of age of eighteen years, and under the age of forty-five years (except as is herein after excepted) shall severally and respectively be enrolled in the militia, by the Captain or Commanding Officer of the company, within whose bounds such citizen shall reside, and that within twelve months after the passing of this Act. And it shall at all time hereafter be the duty of every such Captain or Commanding Officer of a company, to enroll every such citizen as aforesaid, and also those who shall, from time to time, arrive at the age of 18 years, or being at the age of 18 years, and under the age of 45 years (except as before excepted) shall come to reside within his bounds; and shall without delay notify such citizen of the said enrollment, by the proper non-commissioned Officer of the company, by whom such notice may be proved. That every citizen, so enrolled and notified, shall, within six months thereafter, provide himself with a good musket or firelock, a sufficient bayonet and belt, two spare flints, and a knapsack, a pouch, with a box therein, to contain not less than twenty four cartridges, suited to the bore of his musket or firelock, each cartridge to contain a proper quantity of powder and ball; or with a good rifle, knapsack, shot-pouch, and powder-horn, twenty balls suited to the bore of his rifle, and a quarter of a pound of powder; and shall appear so armed, accoutred and provided, when called out to exercise or into service, except, that when called out on company days to exercise only, he may appear without a knapsack. That the commissioned Officers shall severally be armed with a sword or hanger, and espontoon; and that from and after five years from the passing of this Act, all muskets from arming the militia as is herein required, shall be of bores sufficient for balls of the eighteenth part of a pound; and every citizen so enrolled, and providing himself with the arms, ammunition and accoutrements, required as aforesaid, shall hold the same exempted from all suits, distresses, executions or sales, for debt or for the payment of taxes.

We need to be careful that we do not minimize the meaning of "militia" from a historical perspective as in itself provides certain rights and a broader meaning to the 2nd Amendment. The 2nd Amendment has be affirmed by the Supreme Court as being an individual right, but it is also a collective right. Imagine calling forth the Militia today to enforce our nation's laws, whether it be to enforce drug laws, stomp out crime in our cities or ousting illegal aliens. It would mean that all white, free men, 18 to 45 of a particular state or states be mustarded. I believe that if this practice did not go away years ago that we would have a much more civil society and there would be zero gun control laws. This would be independent of having a standing Army and Navy, but not mutually exclusive.

39 posted on 01/05/2013 8:28:58 AM PST by ConservativeInPA
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To: Taxman
...if tyranny comes to our doorstep it is most likely to come in uniform...

True, but tyranny's advance team is the crew that has already added over 5500 new regulations this year. (As reported on Forbes on Fox this morning.) Most of which have been sitting, waiting for release, since well before the election coup.

40 posted on 01/05/2013 8:36:44 AM PST by newheart (The greatest trick the left ever pulled was convincing the world it was not a religion.)
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To: Gadsden1st

The saying is along the same lines of heston saying “I’ll give you my gun when you pry (or take) it from my cold, dead hands”...


41 posted on 01/05/2013 8:38:11 AM PST by BreezyDog (Illegitimi non carborundum)
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To: Taxman

The primary reason to own a firearm is to exercise our 2A right to defend against a tyrannical government. All other reasons should be considered secondary to maintaining liberty.


42 posted on 01/05/2013 8:44:33 AM PST by TADSLOS (I took extra credit at the School of Hard Knocks)
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To: ConservativeInPA

I’m aware of the Act as our Town had a militia at one point. There are many facets to its’ implementation and it wasn’t realistic. We had a small area where arms were kept but not until about 1830.....and not everyopne was required to “be there”. There were many exemptions...and there were also benefits.


43 posted on 01/05/2013 8:48:46 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: afraidfortherepublic

We had Rochambeau and Lafayette


44 posted on 01/05/2013 8:51:20 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: Perseverando
Very good - I'm stealing your graphic! ;-)

My top two reasons:

One, it is my right, I choose to exercise it.

Two, it p*sses off liberals, would be gun-grabbers, and fascists. (but I repeat myself)

45 posted on 01/05/2013 8:51:54 AM PST by ThunderSleeps (Stop obama now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: Taxman

Excellent article. Copied parts of it to my “arsenal” for future reference.

The Second Amendment refers to “the right of the people” —it assumes the right is already there and establishes protections for it.

Because government does not grant rights, it cannot take them away no matter WHAT opinion makers in the NY Times opine or screeching pols like Diane Feinswine, Rahm or anyone else says.


46 posted on 01/05/2013 8:54:46 AM PST by Bon of Babble (Instant Human....Add Coffee)
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To: Bon of Babble

Right. The 2A recognizes that the right is inherent in “the people,” and then supposes that the people will form into a well-regulated militia in order to secure their free State. Which it did, and will again.


47 posted on 01/05/2013 9:03:54 AM PST by ez (When you're a hammer, everything looks like a nail.)
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To: ThunderSleeps

No problem. I just borrowed from someone else. Share on!


48 posted on 01/05/2013 9:06:43 AM PST by Perseverando (Gun control? It's really not about gun control is it? It's really about PEOPLE CONTROL!)
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To: mountainlion

Poor writing + caffeine deficiency = jacked results!


49 posted on 01/05/2013 9:16:41 AM PST by brewcrew
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To: Gadsden1st

“Spartans held Thermopylae for three days, they were ultimately annihilated.”

They knew they would be annihilated, it was a suicide mission. They purchased time for Athenian navy to deploy and for the rest of the Greek city-states to prepare, and the example of their resistance to the point of death inspired the rest of the Greeks to overcome the Persians.

Because the 300 Spartans, and their allies, resisted even while knowing they would be annihilated, their families back home were not annihilated or enslaved to the Persians. They demonstrated that when free men are willing to lose their lives before their freedom, tyrants will not win.


50 posted on 01/05/2013 9:39:13 AM PST by Boogieman
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