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"I Dare You; "Metal and Wood""
Jews For The Preservation of Firearms Ownership ^ | ? | Dennis Bateman

Posted on 01/11/2003 8:59:47 PM PST by redrock

I Dare You; "Metal and Wood"

by Dennis Bateman
originally published at www.TheFiringLine.com

It is a rare person who does not attach some sort of value or emotion to some physical object or to an event. A home becomes more than a building. A statue of the Virgin Mary, a crucifix, a flag or a song, or even a photograph can stir emotions greater than the value of the material item.

I have a piece of paper showing I served in the military until I was discharged honorably. But, oh, the memories that piece of paper conjures up. The friends,the fun times. The bad times. The times when we were bound closer to strangers than to our own families and, in frightening chaos, our lives hung by a thread. Many of our friends died far from home. Ask us about the feeling of "American soil" upon returning to the land we loved. Ask those returning soldiers about America.

Remember the old, faintly humorous band of American Legionnaires, wearing out-dated military uniforms straining at the buttons. But, God how proudly they marched. Grinning, waving to friends and families, and always, always "The Flag!" Ask them if the flag is mere cloth, I dare you.

See the elderly lady sitting in a lawn chair watching the fourth of July parade. Three flags carefully folded some forty years ago into triangles now rest in her lap - one for each lost son. Ask her if those flags are mere cloth, I dare you.

Look at the old man quietly crying, leaning against the Iwo Jima Memorial at Arlington Cemetery. As he turns to you, smiles with some embarrassment, and says in a choked whisper, "I was there." Ask him, "Is it just metal and clay?" Ask him. I dare you.

The Wall. My God, the Wall. See the young man lightly tracing the name of his father there inscribed. Ask him if its just rock. Ask him. I dare you.

My guns? They're of little real value compared to my family and my home. They are toys, or tools, or both. But what those guns represent to me is greater than all of us, greater than myself, my family, indeed greater than our entire generation. What could be of such value?

The freedom of man to live within civil, self-imposed limitations rather than under restrictions placed upon him by a ruler or a ruling class.

Imagine the daring, the bravery of a few men to declare they intended to create a new country, independent of the burden of their established Rulers!

Those men we call our forefathers were brilliant men. They could have maneuvered themselves into positions of influence within the structure of the times, but they did not. They struggled to free themselves from tyranny. They wrote the Declaration of Independence. And they backed up their words and ideals with metal and wood.

They knew the dangers of such dreams and actions. They knew it was a frightening and dangerous venture into the unknown when they dared reach beyond their grasp for a vision - for an ideal. But they dared to dedicate themselves to achieve Liberty and Freedom for their children, and their children's children, through the generations.

Imagine the dreams and yearnings of centuries finally being reduced to the written word. The Rights of "We the People!" instead of the "Powers of the Monarchy."

Our forefathers dared to create a new government - a new form of government. And they knew that any organization has, as its first and foremost goal, its continued existence. Second only to that it strives to increase its power. It plots, it devises, it maneuvers to achieve control over its environment - over its subjects.

Our Forefathers decided to make America different from any country, anywhere, at any time in the entire history of the entire world. This country, this new nation of immigrants, would be based upon the concept that people could rule themselves better than any single person or small group of persons could rule them.

Other countries have had outstanding documents with guarantees for its citizens - but the citizens have become enslaved. How, these great men pondered, can we ensure this new government will remain subject to the will of the People?

They wanted limits upon this new government. Therefore, our forefathers wrote limitations into the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. And one of those Rights was that metal and wood, as the final power of the people, would secure this country for the future generations.

Metal and wood were the means by which we won our freedom.

Metal and wood were the means by which we kept our freedom.

Metal and wood may be the means by which we regain our freedom.

Metal and wood are the final power of the people. Take away the metal and wood and the people become powerless - they can only beg, they supplicate for favors.

We are unique in our ability to rule ourselves but we are letting it slip away. Today we compromise. We try to appease man's insatiable appetite for power by throwing him bits of our freedoms. But the insatiable appetite for power can not be appeased. The freedoms we feed him only make us weaker and him stronger. We must conquer him and again ensure the "Blessings of Liberty" won for us by our forefathers.

We must be ready to use metal and wood again, for if we are ready, truly ready, we may be able to conquer the monster with words - for in its heart it is a coward. But if we continue to feed the monster our freedoms, we will become too weak to win, to weak even to fight, and we will become a conquered people. We will have sold ourselves and our future generations into servitude.

If words fail us, we will use metal and wood, we will regain what we have lost, we will achieve what we seek, we will guarantee the America of our forefathers for the future generations.

So you see, our guns are more than metal and wood.
They are our heritage of freedom.
They are the universally understood symbol that the government, no matter how big and strong it may be, answers to us!
They are the tools we will use to prevent tyranny in the land of our forefathers and our children.

So, ask me what my guns mean to me.

Ask my children what our guns mean to them. Ask us. I dare you.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Editorial; Government; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: 2ndamendment; banglist; r2kba; rkba; secondamendment
Just...."Metal and Wood"....

redrock

1 posted on 01/11/2003 8:59:48 PM PST by redrock
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To: Jeff Head; Mercuria; Washington_minuteman; joanie-f
Just ...'Metal and Wood'.....

redrock

2 posted on 01/11/2003 9:00:54 PM PST by redrock
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3 posted on 01/11/2003 9:03:44 PM PST by Anti-Bubba182
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To: redrock
Excellent. Most Excellent.
4 posted on 01/11/2003 9:08:20 PM PST by Bedford Forrest
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub; Luis Gonzalez; DeSoto; Avoiding_Sulla
Just.....'Metal and Wood'....

redrock

5 posted on 01/11/2003 9:08:58 PM PST by redrock
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To: redrock
When the enemy comes for your guns, dispatch him.

Easy enough...

But who is the 'enemy'? How will you know him?

Easy...

He's anybody who comes for your guns.

Never submit to any perversion of your Second Amendment rights...

Ever.

6 posted on 01/11/2003 9:15:57 PM PST by DWSUWF
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To: redrock
"Those men we call our forefathers were brilliant men.
They could have maneuvered themselves into positions of influence
within the structure of the times, but they did not.
They struggled to free themselves from tyranny.
They wrote the Declaration of Independence. "

Least we forget what they intended!
7 posted on 01/11/2003 9:17:53 PM PST by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
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To: *bang_list
bang
8 posted on 01/11/2003 9:26:00 PM PST by Teacher317
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To: M Kehoe; SSgt Mike; dennisw
Just....'Metal and Wood'....

redrock

9 posted on 01/11/2003 9:26:15 PM PST by redrock
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To: redrock
There is a different and more amicable relationship between the governed and their government when the people have more arms. We the People are served by a small-ish number of our neighbors who wouldn't dare mess with us in any serious way.

B.C. - Fargo, ND; formerly of Seattle, WA
10 posted on 01/11/2003 9:46:17 PM PST by Uncle Miltie (Stupid is as stupid does...)
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To: Brad Cloven
"A ARMED society is a POLITE society"

...seems to work that way.

redrock

11 posted on 01/11/2003 9:49:54 PM PST by redrock
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To: redrock
Bravo! A Second Amendment masterpiece!
12 posted on 01/11/2003 10:14:46 PM PST by Ches
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To: nunya bidness
BUMP.....

redrock

13 posted on 01/11/2003 10:55:48 PM PST by redrock
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To: sauropod; Carry_Okie; GrandmaC; blackie; SierraWasp
"We must be ready to use metal and wood again, for if we are ready, truly ready, we may be able to conquer the monster with words - for in its heart it is a coward."

THIS...is the KEY....for the 'Land-Rights Issue'...

redrock

14 posted on 01/12/2003 7:44:47 AM PST by redrock
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To: redrock
Thank you redrock.
Hope to meet you next time I come to St. George.

CO
15 posted on 01/12/2003 8:30:11 AM PST by Carry_Okie (A faith in Justice, none in "fairness")
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To: redrock
rr,
This is a beautiful piece of work. I have bookmarked it for future use and I thank you for pinging me.

I hope that you and yours are doing well and that you will experience many of His blessings in the new year.

16 posted on 01/12/2003 8:53:50 AM PST by DeSoto
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To: redrock
"A ARMED society is a POLITE society"

"An ARMED society is a FREE society"

17 posted on 01/12/2003 8:54:47 AM PST by ActionNewsBill
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To: FreedomPoster; Travis McGee; Squantos; harpseal; redrock
"We must be ready to use metal and wood again, for if we are ready, truly ready, we may be able to conquer the monster with words - for in its heart it is a coward."
18 posted on 01/12/2003 9:13:15 AM PST by Vigilantcitizen
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To: redrock
Right-on, Redrock!

Be Well - Be Armed - Be Safe - Molon Labe!
19 posted on 01/12/2003 1:45:32 PM PST by blackie
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To: viligantcitizen; Jeff Head; wardaddy; big ern; river rat; SLB; Fred Mertz; razorback-bert; ...
A keeper !
20 posted on 01/12/2003 2:21:40 PM PST by Squantos (Stay Safe Ya'll !)
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To: Squantos; pocat; Lion Den Dan; the irate magistrate; Dan from Michigan; Badray
This is excellent!
22 posted on 01/12/2003 2:54:04 PM PST by Fred Mertz
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To: Squantos
Thanks for the ping...I would have missed this..
Nice piece --- Perhaps if I show it to my Financial Minister (wife) she will forgive the buying spree I've been on lately -- lots of "metal and wood" and food.... LOTS of food for everything....

Still looking for the "right" semi-auto .223...
Something to bury....I don't much care to play with a .223..
Bookmarked..
Semper Fi
23 posted on 01/12/2003 3:03:56 PM PST by river rat
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To: DeSoto
I have bookmarked it for future use

I not only bookmarked it, but I immediately spammed my entire addressbook with it. Even putting the politics of this piece aside, it's a masterpiece and should be appreciated!

24 posted on 01/12/2003 3:16:53 PM PST by ErnBatavia ((Bumperootus))
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To: Squantos
Bump.
25 posted on 01/12/2003 4:59:40 PM PST by wardaddy ("when the levee breaks, ain't no place to run")
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To: redrock
bttt
26 posted on 01/12/2003 6:22:24 PM PST by TigersEye (Not one scazzottata - but a pestaggio to blood.)
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To: redrock
Outstanding piece. Thanks.
27 posted on 01/12/2003 7:36:52 PM PST by nunya bidness (Your ad here!)
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To: redrock
Just "Metal and wood" bump.

I greatly respect these guys.

Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership

28 posted on 01/12/2003 7:44:38 PM PST by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: DeSoto
Once in a while....a piece of writing just...well....resonates.

This is one of those.....

My family is doing fine.....hope yours is also.

redrock

29 posted on 01/12/2003 8:57:43 PM PST by redrock
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To: biblewonk
Founding Fathers bump. Look around the middle of the article to get another perspective on this group.
30 posted on 01/13/2003 7:31:52 AM PST by Ancesthntr
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To: redrock
FREEDOM FLIES IN YOUR HEART LIKE AN EAGLE
31 posted on 01/13/2003 7:03:55 PM PST by jdege
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