I’ve been wanting to write about this for some time now, but it took some time to find the right words and put enough time between the Sandy Hook tragedy out of respect. I saw a post on one of my LInkedIn groups today, asking the question: “If the USA is supposed to be the land of the free, why do so many Americans still feel the need for guns?” Here is my answer:
If you believe the USA is still the land of the free, you are strongly misguided. Most of our forefathers have great quotes along the lines of “a true patriots duty is to protect this country from its government.” As a Mason I feel a strong tie to those great men, as many Masons were amongst our forefathers who forged and built this great land from a rough stone into the beautiful statue and work of art is has become, but the days of the USA being run by true patriots, governing this country for only a short time and based on the founding principles is long gone.
When I joined the Army, I swore an oath to uphold the constitution…..not corrupt politicians whos’ only allegiance is to whoever writes the checks for his next campaign. It is our duty as American patriots to maintain our arms to keep our government in check, especially now that the normal checks and balances have failed us.
The Second Amendment guarantees every American citizen the right to bear arms. Depending on who is reading it, that can be interpreted as either every American citizen, or only those in a militia….but what is a militia? Here are some definitions for you:
1. An army composed of ordinary citizens rather than professional soldiers.
2. A military force that is not part of a regular army and is subject to call for service in an emergency.
3. The whole body of physically fit civilians eligible by law for military service
By those definitions, number 3 can apply to a wide range of American citizens who don’t fall under any organized militia, but rather all of us who are citizens over 18 years old without any significant criminal record which would disbar us from military service (number 2 could arguably be applied to the Reserves and National Guard, and with the government currently working to take private arms away from all soldiers that would be a clear violation as well). I’d say I fall under those terms, but the cowards who perpetrated those crimes do not.
Many people in this country today have taken to blaming the NRA for these horrors which have happened recently, but most of this has missed the point greatly. Firstly, for some odd reason our media and public have adopted the idea that everything is black-and-white, and that you have to be on one side or the other wholeheartedly. Unfortunately, that is being represented as “if you are against these tragedies, you have to be against the NRA and responsible citizens maintaining their right to bear arms.” Not so much.
This country was founded by great people seeking to escape freedom from tyranny. It started as religious persecution with the Church of England, and one of the great cries that started our revolution was “no taxation without representation,” leading to the Boston Tea Party.
There is another revolution brewing in our country, as a very large portion of our populace believes, once again, that we no longer have appropriate representation within our government. Our forefathers were men of the community, who would leave their jobs to govern for a short time, and once their time in office was up would return to their jobs and to being upstanding citizens.
We now have a political class who go to college to be politicians, and who’s only jobs throughout their lives are either aspiring to be or sitting as politicians, and once they leave their post go on to be political consultants and lobbyists; it’s no longer a job for patriots, but one based solely on greed and power. We are no longer governed by like-minded Americans, but largely by a political class who only pretends to be “in touch” with America while they are campaigning for their next election.
My strong belief and support of the right to bear arms, as many of my friends, brothers, and tax-paying, law-abiding American citizens, is not so that people can go on rampages and kill innocents…it is the right of American patriots to keep their land protected against any threats, both foreign and domestic. It is a belief among many that the last line of defense against a government hostile towards it’s own people is in groups of citizens who are willing to take up arms in her defense, and if that is taken away we lose that ability.
In short, the Second Amendment was built upon the framework of what forged this great land; American patriots having their arms to defend the United States of America against ANY threat, foreign or domestic. These tragedies are the most heinous of crimes, and I strongly support finding a way to prevent them, but I do not believe that taking the right to bear arms away from patriots and citizens is the right answer.
Both of these cowards (Aurora and Sandy Hook) had clear mental illnesses, and should not, in any way, be compared to the law-abiding and upstanding patriots who bear arms for protection rather than harm. If we take those arms away from those who would defend us when the time comes, the only people left with guns would be those who are the most dangerous with them.