Can You Imagine King George III Telling Our Nation’s Founders They Couldn’t Have Muskets?

SandyHookBookDon’t you love how the Left and their step-n-fetch media mavens are trying to make law-abiding gun owners the bad guys? You don’t? Yeah, me neither.

From Hollywood’s heavily armed guarded elite to the radical, anti-gun commie rag Journal News, peaceful and upright average Joes are being isolated and concentrated on as the bane of America’s existence just because we righteously and lawfully keep and bear arms.

Hollywood has even cobbled together a little tsk-tsk black and white video demanding our government do something about gun violence. That would be the very gun violence they have glamorized on the big screen for the last few decades. Hello.

The full version of this column is now only available in Doug Giles’ book, “Sandy Hook Massacre: When Seconds Count, The Police Are Minutes Away”.

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Doug Giles is the Big Dawg at ClashDaily.com and the Co-Owner of The Safari Cigar Company. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter. And check out his new book, Rise, Kill and Eat: A Theology of Hunting from Genesis to Revelation.

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  • Benjamin

    Two words: Lexington & Concord

    • BigUgly666

      “Ours” is coming soon to a town near you.

    • ole buzzard

      The battle at Concord Bridge was fought specifically because the British were moving to seize the muskets, powder, and ball at the Lexington arsenal.

  • Thomas

    Powerful. Good column Giles!

  • cuneform

    “Germany established gun control in 1938 and from 1939 to 1945, a total of 13 million Jews and others who were unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated.”

    This is incorrect – Kurt von Schliecher had established gun control almost a decade prior- years before Hitler had taken control. His only additional provision in 1938 was that it prohibited Jews from owning firearms.

    • FLBuck

      Either way, the result was the death of 6 million Jews.

  • polmutant

    Obama will get 110million in USA alone, 3billion world wide. just as he outspent all existing presidents on national debt, he will bring death on the same scale. the elite only need their loyal dog servants the rest will go. willing slaves only no free men allowed. you cannot say you did not vote for this, everyone voted for Obama with their tax dollars, if you think pushing a button in a couple of seconds makes up for untold years of supporting unconstitutional statutes you deserve it. as for guns: the school is responsible, the school violated “SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED” if the second ammendment was not violated everyone of those children could habe been alive and the culprit with mal intent stopped.

    • LadyforLiberty

      Polmutant: “Impinged” Not “infringed”.
      Use the wrong wording and they will dismiss protests!

      • kalamawashington

        From the Cornell University Law School:
        “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 .” (EMPHAHSIS ADDED)

  • IRAMARINE

    Career criminals already have a map of the best places to
    apply their trade. Its color coded Blue States is ok; Red State your dead!
    @MEAN_MARINE

    • Sandra Lee Smith

      Semper FI, Marine!

    • Steven

      Try the red blue COUNTY maps. If you had just arrived from Mars, you could locate major cities on them.

  • http://profiles.google.com/danrshaw Dan Shaw

    The liberal mind is a terrible place. A place where you don’t want to visit often, nor stay very long.

  • http://twitter.com/rulken kenneth russell

    There has NEVER been a country that enforced gun control, where masses were not rounded up, and exterminated. NEVER! No one can site such a time, where guns taken out of the hands of it’s law abiding citizens by a government and mass murder didn’t follow!

    Just think about that!

    • WellNowDear

      You are right but, lots of people go by their emotions not, their brains.

      • LadyforLiberty

        WellNowDear: I agree, so make sure you and others use the Brain that God gave us all, or we will fall to the emothional propaganda of the Socialists!

    • Bess Brown

      Britain hasn’t rounded up and exterminated anyone. Yet.

  • Radicon

    I wonder how many Hollywooders have armed body guards protecting them form harm? Are they better than us? I dont think so. I cant afford an armed bodyguard, but I can afford a Concealed permit and a firearm. I carry a weapon because a cop weighs to much.

  • Twitch

    In fact, the Revolutionary War began over an attempt by General Gage to sieze an arms cache.

  • CaptTurbo

    A little gun history:

    in 1929, the soviet union established gun control.
    From 1929 to 1953, about 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
    ——————————
    In 1911, turkey established gun control.
    From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 Million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
    ——————————
    Germany established gun control in 1938.
    From 1939 to 1945, a total of 13 millionJews and others who were unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated.
    ——————————
    China established gun control in 1935.
    From 1948 to 1952, 20 million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
    ——————————
    Guatemala established gun control in 1964.
    From 1964 to 1981, 100,000 Mayan Indians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
    ——————————
    Uganda established gun control in 1970.
    From 1971 to 1979, 300,000 Christians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
    ——————————
    Cambodia established gun control in 1956.
    From 1975 to 1977, one million educated people, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
    —————————–
    Defenseless people rounded up and exterminated in the 20th century because of gun control: 56 Million..

  • smilinjack

    We all know how that edict worked out for Georgie!!

  • WellNowDear

    Actually when you look at the official crime rates on the DOJ website, murders have been going down steadily since the 1990’s.

    • FLBuck

      The DOJ??? I wouldn’t trust any statistical data coming from them, especially with Eric Holder as the AG. Check out Chicago and Detroit. The crime rates are so high that you would think you were in a combat zone.

  • James AZ

    I do not recognise the filth in D.C. a a legitmate government so to hell with them. I say it is time to rid our land of Libersals and Communist by force as this is all they listen too.

    • ALL AMERICAN

      AMEN !!!

  • ilenerichman

    Get rid of all guns. They are not necessary. Guns were meant to control the English soldiers in revolutionaly times. We no longer have English soldiers entering and breaking into hour homes. All guns and automatic weapons should be collected; people should be paid by the government to turn in these weapons. And anyone found with a weapon thst was not reported or turned in, should suffer a harsh jail sentence. Then let us see how many children are killed in school, how many people are shot in a theatre, how many people are killed in a shopping center, etc. And mental health should be at the top of the list to incarcirate people in mental institutions that show violence. We need many more mental health people who can spot violent mental health in persons of extreme violent nature. But the first thing to to eliminate the Second Amendment and get rid of all guns and semi-automatic weapons. This is not Iraq or Afghanastan or Egypt or Syria.

    • FLBuck

      Unfortunately, the Second Amendment is not going to be abolished. And if you don’t think that the crime rate is not going to escalate, think again !!!

      • ilenerichman

        Let’s give it a try and see the results.

        • Jack Merrick

          WHY?

        • vicki

          It’s been tried. Several times in the last 100 years. Doug Giles even gave you a list in the article above. So tell us just why you think that doing it again will work?

          There is a well known definition for the state of mind that says yes and you quite clearly told us what YOU want us to do with that person.

        • FLBuck

          You go and see the world through rose-colored glasses, I’m going to pull maintenance on my weapons inventory.

      • CheeseandRice

        The crime rate coming from our “elected” officials in Washington is escalating as we discuss this.

        • FLBuck

          Sad but true. I just hope that the rest of the population will realize this and soon.

    • LadyforLiberty

      You some kinda socialist Muslim??Must be because your comment shows either an excessive amount of childlike trust in those entrusted with our governance, or you must have been swallowing all the anti gun BS being pumped out by all media as they slavishly follow the words of our so called leaders without even reading what the Constitution says.
      READ THE DAMN CONSTITUTION: 2nd Amendment!!
      As for the English in revolutionary time, we need not fear the Brits anymore because our Founders BEAT THEM IN A WAR!!!!
      Today we only have to fear the POLITICIANS, Elected to SERVE the PEOPLE, even We the People of that other US Documant of note.
      The LEFT (inc you if that is really your opinion), embrace Socialism, (remember that Bad Ass Soviet Union that that Great Republican Ronnie Reagan negotiated out of existence) from a POSITION OF STRENGTH??
      Bullies come in a lot of forms, socialists since the dogma was invented have tried to bully the peasants and favored the Party Faithful.
      They did this by propaganda and violence.(Washington is trying the propaganda part, which we have to fear may LEAD to violence!

      Today the USA is getting the propaganda, media loves to act as mouthpiece, and this tells us that our elected Government is plotting some believe, against the US Constitution.(Which is specifically covered by the Constitution if leaders seek to overturn democracy!)

      Why else would Obama use so many EOs to bypass Congress?
      In all but name this makes Obama a Monarch. (They ruled by decrees).
      Wake up! Re read your copy of the Consitution.
      If you do not possess a copy shame on YOU!!
      Your comment pegs you as very trusting, which is nice. You may even have voted Democrat, which is fair enough, as everyone has beliefs to be respected.
      However, with all the media coverage and Congressional leanings towards Gun Control, it is naive to believe that there is no Governmental Smoke without Fire.

    • Jack Merrick

      what the heck have yu been smoking? what ever it was it sure warped your brain

    • AlwaysRIGHT

      Boy are you clueless! Only law-abiding people would comply with such a request. Gang bangers, felons, exfelons, people who steal.beat.rob.rape.murder for a living, or just wackos – they’ll keep their guns. And guns will be plentiful on the black market as well. So what your dumbass libtard socialist Hitler-esque idea would create is essentially a big country-wide “gun-free zone” – and guess what? With only one exception since 1950, all these mass shootings have been committed in gun-free zones! Don’t you get that? A gun-free zone is a wacko’s playground – a risk-free playground to shoot at all the people without fear of being shot.

      You are so f***ing wrongheaded and stupid/naive about this topic- I’m surprised you won’t be offered a job by Biden to sit on his dopey committee!

  • BigUgly666

    ” Finally, can you imagine if King George told our original rebels that
    they shouldn’t own a musket? ”

    Actually, the possession of a “musket” was no where near as bad as using a “rifled” barrel. It was, generally, a hanging offense to fire a “rifled” weapon at his Majesty’s soldiers because they were so much deadlier than the “issue” smoothbore. The “Rifle” was the “assault rifle” of the day …. even if it was really the smoothbore flintlock that held that title. The Brits wanted the “rifle” banned because it was so deadlier than the smoothbore – even though the smoothbore fires a .75 calibre ball that weighed about 600 grains (about 1-1/2 oz) and the rifle fired a .45 calibre ball that weighed about 130 grains.

  • Darrell G. Walton

    Problem is apparently the Senate and Congress are in on it because they too go along with Obama’s many treasons by empowering and condoning his to do it. Obama gets what he wants too easily as for no one will do their sworn Constitutional duties to prosecute him for it.

  • $12994363

    Time to ban the hands, clubs, and hammers of the no-brained Democrat leftists who will NEVER get it. All those non-rifle killings had to have been committed by their own since they’re the one’s terrified of harming anyone with a rifle.

  • sovereigntyofone

    The irony of the whole thing is: You can pass all the gun bans and gun laws until you’re blue in the face and it still won’t stop the killing. Think about it. If we ban all the guns and there are no guns left (which we all know that the gang bangers, creeps and of course our government officials will still have them, but lets just fantasize for a moment and say we get rid of all guns ). Who ever wants to kill large numbers of people will find a way (pipe bombs, vehicles, gasoline bombs, many other ways). So with that said isn’t it obvious to go after the whack jobs, mentally imbalanced and just plain crazy nut jobs and get them off the street and into a controlled environment instead (of course in order to get all of them we’d have to lock up most of our politicians as well) . If the truth be told and that is a rarity with our govenment leaders, the fact is they want to disarm the citizens so that the government may obtain TOTAL control over every aspect of your life and there won’t be a thing you can do about it except SUBMIT on your knees. If you look at what’s going on and has been going on, our government in many ways is much worse than ” King George III “.
    We are being spied on, everything we do can be collected, recorded and saved to be used against you, we are being taxed in ways that King George III never dreamed of and yet we still do nothing except go along and put up with it. The government at this very moment has given it’s self the right to detain you without due process of law for an indefinate period of time, it also can deem you as a ” national security threat or terrorist ” and fly a drone over your house and take you out (kill you ). I’d say that is way beyond what King George III did. These are but a few of the things that King Obama has given himself the power over… your very life. How long will it be before WE THE PEOPLE say ENOUGH? Last but not least. We revolted over taxation without representation. I ask you what is the difference if the representatives we have DO NOT represent you? Is that not the same thing as not having representation?

  • I Carry

    GREAT article. If we’d had “leftist ‘reasonable’ gun laws” 250 years ago, today our national amtnem woutl be “God Save the Queen”….Defend America and your home…go by a gun and learn how to use it…..

  • Johnny Geetar

    They can demonize til they are purple in the face. The American gun owner has decided, and the line in the sand has been drawn. If they want them, they will be forced to come door to door to 125 MILLION gun-owning households and TRY to collect them. Know what my friends in law enforcement are saying? It’s not only unconstitutional, it’s SUICIDE, and they KNOW it! Especially in the southern states! And they WILL NOT DO IT, even if asked! They want to go home to their families at night in one piece, too! Please continue reading, and indulge me;

    I don’t think the US military will comply with a disarming order, either. They owe allegiance to the constitution, NOT a rogue socialist government. A few amongst the ranks would be OK with a Katrina repeat, but NOT when the American gun owner has their backs up, and KNOW they’re coming. A different scenario and playing field altogether. Nothing worse than transgressing on PREPARED ground…… Just ask ANY Vietnam vet for confirmation of this…. or ANY vet for that matter that served in the field.

    Now, even if BOTH of these entities DID decide to go along with the federal government; they are outnumbered, out gunned and out-ammoed by almost 70 to 1, AND THEY KNOW IT! Even WITH their recent ammo purchases, THEY DON’T HAVE ENOUGH BODIES TO FIRE IT!!.2 million folks doing the government’s bidding SOUNDS like a lot until you begin spreading them out geographically across the continental United states simultaniously……. even WITH superior fire power, small groups are dogmeat when facing 70 to 1 odds.

    So, LET the lefites try to sell this, “Post-Constitutional America” crap. I don’t care if government snoops are reading my words or not; it’s the TRUTH! When you send your 2 million “Armed, Federal Representatives” against 125 MILLION PISSED OFF American gun owners nationwide simultaniously, we will wipe you off the map, and the US Constitution LEGALLY MANDATES AND DEMANDS that we do so……. The legal cover is ALREADY there, and has been re-affirmed by the US Supreme Court in 2008. Read the documents! The words “Treasonists and Insurrectionists” DO NOT APPLY there once our constitutionally GUARANTEED rights are violated. Disregard the intent of the document, physically attack the American people to ILLEGALLY confiscate our firearms, and the US Constitution becomes your legal death warrant. Read on, please…..

    Now; To THOSE out there that think too many gun owners will lay down like dogs just to keep the peace and the status quo; Let’s be clear, MANY will stay on the fence. INITIALLY. The federal government will remedy THIS little dilemma ALL by themselves.Tell me, what will happen to the fence sitter’s sentiments (What would happen to YOURS?) when they view their neighbor’s doors getting kicked in, men, women and children being shot by government troops in the act of defiance to disarm them, dragged out by their hair in their nightclothes, being thrown onto trucks heading for destinations unknown,( FEMA camps or worse) homes and businesses being wantonly burned, but just prior to burning domestic structures to the ground, douchebags with empty government supply trucks will be backing into neighbor’s driveways to confiscate their remaining food, water, generators,toilet paper, diapers, flashlights, gasoline, medications and their daughter’s tampons, per Obama’s recent executive order for peacetime Martial law. Mind you, these will be the fence-sitting gun owner’s friends, co-workers, mothers and fathers, cousins and grandparents, their local grocer, the mailman, the Pastor, your bug spraying guy, your badmitton tournament partner AND your dog groomer. Question: When this unfolds in front of your VERY eyes, do you plan on sucking your thumb and going fetal, or will you pick up your AR, AK or .308 and start ventilating EVERY exposed piece of government crap that you see? Are YOU gonna sit by and permit this? What if this is transpiring in a neighborhood NEXT to you? You HEAR IT, and you KNOW it’s coming, will you sit and await their arrival with a good excuse? Hand towels and a pitcher of lemonade? I doubt it. Subjugation of a people AIN’T pretty, nor is it DESIGNED to be. If you’re betting against the American gun owner in THIS scenario, I hope you don’t gamble for a living…… We will not NEED to convince the fence-sitting gun owners. The federal government will do that FOR us.

    • sovereigntyofone

      Any person that joined the military, past and present has taken an OATH to protect and defend the Constitution of The United States…period. Yes, there is a part in there about obeying orders of your superiors and commander in Chief (president), but if you will note in that OATH, first and foremost above all else is Defend the Constitution of The United States against ALL enemies both foreign and DOMESTIC!
      I took that oath and the way I see it is, there is no expriation date on the Constitution so why should there be and expiration date on the OATH I took.
      The difference between us and the politicians, is the fact that the politicians think the OATH they took was a joke, and WE take the OATH, DEAD serious. God Bless America.

      • Lobo VNVMC

        When I took that oath there was one word that has been removed since in the phrase “obey the ** orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me” and that is “LAWFUL”.

    • Breeze

      Jonney, Very good. I agree with everything you said. I do believe that obama knows this and has the UN troops waiting in the wings. They will have a very hard time stopping us, and WE may find support from some country such as Russia or China. I do hope when the military and police come to our side, they bring some really cool things, airplanes, tanks. “We shall never surrender.”

      • Lobo VNVMC

        Blue hats or helmets make easy targets.

  • Shears_of_Atropos

    Not so far off the mark. The Brits went to Lexington to capture Adams, and there was a firefight. They then proceeded to Concord to search for weapons to confiscate, and were met at Concord Bridge. All in all, they suffered 3 times the casualties of the colonists. Gun control was SOP for the redcoats.

  • Chris Smith

    Imagine for a second – if Jesus Christ were to tell you to lay down your arms, and you truly believed that it is really the son of God telling you to do so, you’d do it, wouldn’t you? So we have Barack Obama, who is the Messiah to those of us that don’t know God and His Son, telling us to lay down arms. There you go! History is replete with examples of this and they all lead to tyranny. Hitler’s Germany, Stalin’s Russia, communist China, Guatemala, Cambodia, Uganda, Turkey – the list goes on… Then is you read a little further, you’ll find that in all of those cases, millions of people were slaugtered! , Our constitution _protects_ our God-given rights to own the weapons to defend ourselves from tyranny, be it foreign or domestic. Those of us who do believe in God and do not believe that Obama is He must carry the torch alone because it is impossible to change his useful idiots’ minds.

  • AlwaysRIGHT

    Good one! I like the list – I have seen and forwarded that “exterminated” list to a lot of people/boards earlier. Also, I bet ‘back in the day,’ the libtards were calling those muskets “assault muskets” and “military style muskets” just to gin up the anti-musket public opinion.
    And lastly, you’re damn right – the real purpose of the 2nd amendment is to protect citizens from out-of-control tyannical dictatorship controlling government, perhaps like, well, maybe one controlled by a man who a legal investigation (Arpaio) has proved without a doubt he forged his birth certificate, uses a fraudulent SSN, had his education paid for by terrorist family Ayres and Arab sheiks, forged his draft registration, and has surrounded himself with communist/socialist czars and sides with Muslims, provides arms to Islamic terrorists. Oh, and unless you are F***ING retarded enough to believe it’s possible that Obama got over 100% in many districts, he’s guilty of voter fraud, too. And over 60 districts in PA and OH had 100% votes cast for Obama, a statistical impossibility. Hmmm, why would we need to be armed?

  • TexRanger

    King George was not a Muslim/Communist like Barack Hussein Obama our president.

  • Atilla the hungry

    I have a simple question for all members of the U.S. Congress and lawmakers nationwide. Can you as an individual truthfully say that airplanes were to blame for the death and destruction that occurred on 9-11-2001, or was it the Muslim terrorists at the controls?

    If the airplanes were at fault, why didn’t we just shut down Boeing rather than waste thousands of American lives and billions of dollars invading Afghanistan?

  • 19greg45

    Why in the world would anybody pay any attention to what comes out of the mouths of the Hollyweirds? They are no smarter, and probably less so, than any of us. Celebrity status confers neither intelligence nor common sense. All it does is give the celebrities a media and political platform that is unavailable to us everyday folks.

  • gavinwca

    If we only had American Politicians today like the ones we had in colonial days standing behind those muskets. We would still be a republic and not a Fascist nation. Times surely changed.

  • CALIFORNIAMARTY

    King George III DID order the confiscation of the guns in America! That was the reason Paul Revere rode to warn that the “Redcoats are coming” The Patriots got wind of the plot to take our guns. Later the Boston Tea Party over the imposition of high taxes to pay the King’s debt incurred fighting France, turned into the Revolutionary War.

    I can imagine it because THAT IS WHAT HAPPENED.

  • big wyo

    DICK ACT of 1902 . . .

    CAN’T BE REPEALED (GUN CONTROL FORBIDDEN) The Trump Card Enacted by the
    Congress Further Asserting the Second Amendment as Untouchable

    The Dick Act of 1902 also known as the Efficiency of Militia Bill H.R. 11654,
    of June 28, 1902 invalidates all so-called gun-control laws. It also divides
    the militia into three distinct and separate entities.

    The three classes H.R. 11654 provides for are the organized militia, henceforth
    known as the National Guard of the State, Territory and District of Columbia,
    the unorganized militia and the regular army. The militia encompasses every
    able-bodied male between the ages of 18 and 45. All members of the unorganized
    militia have the absolute personal right and 2nd Amendment right to keep and
    bear arms of any type, and as many as they can afford to buy.

    The Dick Act of 1902 cannot be repealed; to do so would violate bills of
    attainder and ex post facto laws which would be yet another gross violation of
    the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The President of the United
    States has zero authority without violating the Constitution to call the
    National Guard to serve outside of their State borders.

    • vicki

      The Dick Act is so effective that we have the NFA 1934, GCA 1968, Brady bill, GFSZA 1990, The original assault weapons ban etc. Since no one has done anything about those gross violations of the Dick Act why do you think they will start now?

    • Steven

      There is no such thing as an act that can’t be repealed. NO Congress has the ability, or Constitutional Authority to limit the power of a future Congress beyond the limits inherent in the Constitution.

    • Lobo VNVMC

      I am aware of the Dick Act, but it has been violated so many times it is worthless. Read Vicki’s reply to you and the Guard was called up and used over seas for War we have been involved in since WW I. I would have to say the Dick Act is worthless.

  • Sandra Lee Smith

    Matter of fact, King George did just that… well, tried to do it; kind of backfired on him too.

  • SGT YORK

    Folks its this or we are a lost cause.Count your guns,keep your powder dry,swab your barrels right good,lock and load and take right sharp aim.

  • Steven

    Can You Imagine King George III Telling Our Nation’s Founders They Couldn’t Have Muskets?

    He DID. That was the reason for the midnight ride of Paul Revere. He was informing the people that the British were coming to that their muskets.

  • WASP

    You realize, don’t you, that the British were on their way to confiscate muskets, powder, and ball when they started a war at Lexington-Concord. Tyrants just don’t learn ,do they?
    Let’s hope the results are the same this time, cause it’s gonna happen again. Another foreign tyrant ruling our country. This time, since he’s on our soil, we need to hang him.

  • larrygrant876

    in 2008 America befriended a communist and gave him and his family a place to live and enough taxpayer money to live better than they ever dreamed of and now that communist is trying to disarm those kind but stupid Americans so they won’t be able to do anything when he refuses to leave that nice house they put him in.

  • coastx

    If you are a constitutionalist you do this: REASON. It looks like this: 1 assess the situation, 2 what aught you to do, use experience, 3 what have other done in the past, and 4 choose thou! Constitutionalists are thinkers and use reason as the basis for their decision making.

    If you are a liberal, you do this: SIN NATURE AND RACKETEERING. It looks like this:
    1 false flag, 2 shock and awe, 3 capitulation, and 4 kowtow to your occult NSC masters

    Okay, quiz: you are a: [ ] constitutionalist, or [ ] liberal

    Self check.

    Obama is a turncoat. Moderates are cheaters.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Larry-Viles/100000555613715 Larry Viles

    Uh, Doug, King George did try to ban muskets. Ever hear of Lexington? Shot heard round the world?

  • 2War Abn Vet

    Apparently, no one in government can understand the term “shall not be infringed”.
    But, just as a matter of interest, Let’s review comments by our first four Presidents on the subject:

    “A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government.”- George Washington

    “Arms in the hands of individual citizens may be used at individual discretion…in private self-defense.” – John Adams

    “The strongest reason for people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.” – Thomas Jefferson

    “The ultimate authority … resides in the people alone. …The advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation … forms a barrier against the enterprises of ambition.” –James Madison

  • http://www.facebook.com/ralph.novak Ralph Novak

    If Dougie really knew anything about the Second Amendment, he’d know we don’t have to imagine. That’s what George did and that’s why we have the amendment

  • reggiec

    I have posted the following several times on different sites because I feel it is the most powerful argument that can be presented to our members of congress and other public officials at all levels. I have added one more sentence to the emails or letters I send. Actually a letter sent by snail mail is more effective as many emails are just deleted by some staffer. Loads of envelopes piling up are hard to ignore. Feel free to cut and paste it into an email or preferably a snail mail letter.
    Sorry it is so long but I felt the meaning should be absolutely clear.
    *** Added sentence:
    If you, as one of my representatives in public office, do anything to negate any portion of my unalienable rights as contained in the Second Amendment of The Constitution of These United States of America; I will do everything in my power to make sure you are never elected to any public office in the future.
    Second Amendment meaning:
    “Do not separate text from historical background. If you do, you will have perverted and subverted the Constitution, which can only end in a distorted, bastardized form of illegitimate government.” James Madison
    Second Amendment:
    ***”The very atmosphere of firearms anywhere and everywhere restrains evil interference. They deserve a place of honor with all that is good. When firearms go, all goes. We need them every hour.” – George Washington in address to the 2nd session of the United States Congress.
    ***“Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples’ liberty’s teeth.” (George Washington)
    ***”The right of self-defense is the first law of nature; in most governments it has been the study of rulers to confine this right within the narrowest limits possible. Wherever standing armies are kept up, and when the right of the people to keep and bear arms is, under any color or pretext whatsoever, prohibited, liberty, if not already annihilated, is on the brink of destruction.” Henry St. George Tucker, in Blackstone’s 1768 “Commentaries on the Laws of England.”, Judge of the Virginia Supreme Court & U.S. Dist. Court of Virginia

    ***”Laws that forbid the carrying of arms…disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes… Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.” – Thomas Jefferson, quoting Cesare Beccaria
    Those who argue that the Second Amendment was written just for militias are completely blown out of the water by the following quote from Thomas Jefferson.
    “The strongest reason for “people” (My emphasis) to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.” – Thomas Jefferson Papers, 334 (C. J. Boyd, Ed., 1950)
    James Madison is credited with the writing of the “Bill of Rights” and was pretty clear about the meaning on the Second Amendment.
    “The Constitution preserves the advantage of being armed which Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation where the governments are afraid to trust the “PEOPLE” (My emphasis) with arms.”
    Here are a few others who help define the true meaning of the Second Amendment. It becomes very clear upon the examination of the meanings attached to the Second Amendment by our Founding Fathers that the original intent of the Second Amendment is being attacked in order to eventually disarm the American people.
    ***”I ask, sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people, except for a few public officials.”
    George Mason, in Debates in Virginia Convention on Ratification of the Constitution, Elliot, Vol. 3, June 16, 1788
    ***”Whereas civil-rulers, not having their duty to the people duly before them, may attempt to tyrannize, and as military forces, which must be occasionally raised to defend our country, might pervert their power to the injury of their fellow citizens, the people are confirmed by the article in their right to keep and bear their private arms.”
    — Tench Coxe, in Remarks on the First Part of the Amendments to the Federal Constitution
    ***”The best we can hope for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed.”
    — Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist Papers at 184-188
    ***”That the said Constitution shall never be construed to authorize Congress to infringe the just liberty of the press or the rights of conscience; or to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms … ”
    — Samuel Adams, Debates and Proceedings in the Convention of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, at 86-87 (Pierce & Hale, eds., Boston, 1850)
    ***”Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom in Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretense, raised in the United States. A military force, at the command of Congress, can execute no laws, but such as the people perceive to be just and constitutional; for they will possess the power, and jealousy will instantly inspire the inclination, to resist the execution of a law which appears to them unjust and oppressive.”
    –Noah Webster, An Examination of the Leading Principles of the Federal Constitution (Philadelphia 1787).
    ***”No Free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.”
    — Thomas Jefferson, Proposal Virginia Constitution, 1 T. Jefferson Papers, 334,[C.J. Boyd, Ed., 1950]
    ***” … to disarm the people – that was the best and most effectual way to enslave them.”
    — George Mason, 3 Elliot, Debates at 380
    ***”The right [to bear arms] is general. It may be supposed from the phraseology of this provision that the right to keep and bear arms was only guaranteed to the militia; but this would be an interpretation not warranted by the intent. The militia, as has been explained elsewhere, consists of those persons who, under the laws, are liable to the performance of military duty, and are officered and enrolled for service when called upon…. [I]f the right were limited to those enrolled, the purpose of the guarantee might be defeated altogether by the action or the neglect to act of the government it was meant to hold in check. The meaning of the provision undoubtedly is, that the people, from whom the militia must be taken, shall have the right to keep and bear arms, and they need no permission or regulation of law for the purpose. But this enables the government to have a well-regulated militia; for to bear arms implies something more than mere keeping; it implies the learning to handle and use them in a way that makes those who keep them ready for their efficient use; in other words, it implies the right to meet for voluntary discipline in arms, observing in so doing the laws of public order.”
    — Thomas M. Cooley, General Principles of Constitutional Law, Third Edition [1898]
    Then there are politicians who insist in taking our Constitution out of context of time and original meaning. Once again, James Madison warned us against this.
    “Do not separate text from historical background. If you do, you will have perverted and subverted the Constitution, which can only end in a distorted, bastardized form of illegitimate government.”
    Second Amendment:
    “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.”
    ***************
    Arms, in the context and time when our Constitution was written meant the usual arms carried by militia members, everyday citizens or light infantry in the Continental Army. Many of these arms were supplied by their owners for militia duty and were personal weapons initially used for hunting or home defense. They came in all types and calibers; from a 30 cal. squirrel rifle to a 75 cal. smooth bore musket, pistols and shotguns of all types, calibers and gauges. They also included a huge variety of other arms including: knives of every conceivable shape and size, bayonets and swords. Many early citizens also carried tomahawks.
    Attempts to control the type and or caliber of arms Americans’ can possess are absolutely against The Constitution and the Second Amendment as it was written and intended. By the supreme law of the land (The Constitution), an American citizen should be able to keep and bear any weapon now used individually by our light infantry soldiers.
    Larger weapons such as cannon and mortars that required more than one person to operate were considered to be “ordinance”.
    Words have meanings! If those meanings are bastardized all becomes chaos.
    Definition of to keep: to hold or retain in one’s possession; hold as one’s own.
    Definition of to bear: to carry, transmit, transport, have a characteristic of and exhibit.
    Definition of INFRINGE: to encroach upon in a way that violates law or the rights of another.
    Why is this so hard to understand? The meaning of the words in the Second Amendment have not changed since the amendment was ratified.
    I am not aware of the Second Amendment being repealed or amended.
    Many in politics and or judges cite “precedent” as a justification for the violations of our rights as contained in The Constitution of These United States of America. Precedent only describes what has been done, not if it was done in compliance with the supreme law of the land or in accordance with the oath of office to uphold The Constitution.

  • auhunter

    Doug, you do make some interesting and provocative posts. You could add Australia, where the crime rate jumped, I believe the figure was 47%, immediately following the ban on guns. Then you have Chicago, NY, and DC which have the strictest gun control laws in the nation, AND the highest crime rates. On the other side of the coin, you have Kennesaw,GA. which in ’82 passed a city ordinance mandated the head of house hold own a gun, unless physically or mentally unable, or to poor to purchase one. 4 murders since then, 3 by the same man, a non-resident..

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jd-Duke-Schechter/752753380 J.d. ‘Duke’ Schechter

    Imagine? That’s EXACTLY what happened on 19 April, 1775 – the King’s soldiers were headed into Boston to confiscate the legally owned arms, ammunition AND CANNON of the citizenry. That ‘little incident’ at Concord Bridge – and the ensuing revolution – were the direct result. That’s also why the Second Amendment was written and ratified: So that the ‘militia’ – the ‘BODY OF THE PEOPLE – possessed armament equal to the enemy they would face…including troops of their own ‘legitimate’ government. And just to ice the cake, the authority to “grant letters of marque and reprisal” in Article I, Section 8 presupposes the ownership of everything necessary for a private individual to outfit a ‘ship of war’ – including what are now referred to as ‘crew served weapons’.

  • arley_barley

    Shalom, Doug Giles, One and All. Please check with Wall Builders, about King George, and his order to confiscate all long-guns, from the civilians (he did just that). The Revolution started, if I remember rightly, with the Red Coats headed for (Phili, I think, or maybe Trenton) an armory, to confiscate weapons and ammunition, to prevent Rebellion. That attempt, failed, and we eventually became USA.

    Point two: If the Second Amendment meant that ‘We the People’ should not improve the weaponry we have, to equal that of the ‘Well Regulated (USA) Militia (Government Force)), Government would have outlawed the ‘Ball and Cap’ (Not a Flintlock of Rebellion times // only ‘Rebel’ times, call Civil war) which looks much like a French Zouave (sp?) .58 cal, to me. …. OR, the ‘Rear Loader,’ used up until the real ‘man-killer,’ the Henry Lever-action rifles, in various calibers, and powder charges. … blah blah blah … OR OR OR, outlawing the Thompson Sub machine gun, as soon as it was invented, and manufactured. That weapon was advertised to farmers and ranchers, as the ultimate in coyote killer, for years, and only outlawed the weapon after the days of Prohibition, and the birth (so to say) of Chicago Gangland warfare. and so on……

    Question to all: The ‘Sand-killer’ didn’t own the weapons he used, his mother did. He may or may not have had the weapons in his possession before he murdered his mother (the legal owner), but how close must one come to “””Taking the weapons from the cold, dead fingers, of the real owner?????””” The Media has yet to address any question to that item, as far as I know. The public sure don’t seem to care, and if the public doesn’t care, we may well lose the Second Amendment, through the promise of a new hamburger to Whimpy, that Whimpy doesn’t need pay for on Tuesday/////but I blather. Thanks for reading my rant. Keep the Watch; Redemption draws nigh. Yeee-Haaa and AMEN

  • Coltanaconda

    Unbelievable, but we will still have idiots out there who will turn in their guns. They will get my guns when they pry my cold……nope sorry. I will get their guns when I pry the gun from their hand.

  • sreynolds

    He probably DID say it, like then, no matter what the “king” says, we will keep and bear arms….. is it bear? or bare?

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