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I Carry a Gun Because a Cop is Too Heavy!

These are interesting times in which we live!  1776 would also have been an interesting time to live.  Think about what it might have been like to live when these words were penned and unanimously agreed upon by the Second Continental Congress:

“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.”

Our Founding Fathers uncannily understood the weaknesses of governments to protect its citizens and they seemed to know that those who govern unchecked often become tyrants who enslave people for their own benefit.  Our Founding Fathers wanted to make absolutely sure that the citizens of our American nation would have the power to protect themselves from tyranny and from those who would rob them of life, liberty or the pursuit of happiness.

Let’s listen to some of the Founders’ wisdom about the importance of an armed citizenry:

“Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself. They are the American people’s liberty teeth and keystone under independence.”
George Washington.

“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 with arms.”
James Madison, The Federalist #46.

“No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.”
Thomas Jefferson, Proposed Virginia Constitution (1776), Jefferson Papers 344 (J. Boyd, ed. 1950).

“The great object is, that every man be armed…Everyone who is able may have a gun…”
Patrick Henry, 3 Elliott Debates 386.

“The Constitution shall never be construed to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms.”
Samuel Adams, during Massachusetts’ U.S. Constitution Ratification Convention (1788).

“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 can not 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.”
Noah Webster, An Examination Into the Leading Principals of the Federal Constitution (1787).

These days, if you want to sound like a real radical, just go around quoting our Founding Fathers.  Our nation has moved so far away from the understanding of what it takes to remain free.

Unwilling to take personal responsibility to ensure their liberty, Americans in 2010 seem willing to surrender their firearms and trust the government to take care of them. Take a look at the article, Is America Following the Cycle? on page 4. To prevent bondage requires continued vigilance.

Patrick Henry said in 1788 during Virginia’s ratification convention:
“Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect every one who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are ruined.”

Contrast Patrick Henry’s statement with these statements:
“Our task of creating a socialist America can only succeed when those who would resist us have been totally disarmed.”
Sara Brady, Chairman, Handgun Control, to Sen.Howard Metzanbaum, The National Educator, January 1994, p. 3.

“The most effective means of fighting crime in the United States is to outlaw the possession of any type of firearm by the civilian population.”
Attorney General, Janet Reno, 1991 speech to B’nai B’rith in Fort Lauderdale (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, August 25, 1996, p. 3B).

“We have staked the whole future of the American civilization, not upon the power of the government (but) upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.”
James Madison.

“Men by their constitutions are naturally divided into two parties: 1) Those who fear and distrust the people 2) Those who identify themselves with the people, have confidence in them, cherish and consider them as the most honest and safe depository of the public interest.”
Thomas Jefferson.

Firearms are not just to protect you from over reaching politicians, but they also serve to protect you and your family from those who would rather take what you have than to work for it themselves.  The Second Amendment was no accident:  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.

Here are some thoughts from more radicals:
“Arms in the hands of individual citizens may be used at individual discretion…in private self-defense.”
John Adams, A Defense of the Constitutions (1787-88).

“Arms discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property. Horrid mischief would ensue were the law-abiding deprived of the use of them.”
Thomas Paine, Thoughts on Defensive War (1775).

The fact is that home invasions or holdups or carjackings often take fewer than three minutes. Police just can’t respond quickly enough in most cases. We encourage anyone with a firearm to learn how to use it safely.  Take a safety class.  In Arizona, you can carry a firearm openly or take a concealed carry class and get a permit to carry a firearm in your purse or pocket.

Are there really Americans who want to take away the freedom of its citizens to own and use a firearm?  Yes, there are!!!

“We’re going to have to take this one step at a time, and the first step is necessarily— given the political realities— going to be very modest. Our ultimate goal—total control of all guns—is going to take time. The first problem is to slow down the increasing number of handguns being produced and sold in this country. The second problem is to get handguns registered, and the final problem is to make possession of all handguns, and all handgun ammunition totally illegal.”
Nelson T. (Pete) Shields, III, founding Chair of Handgun Control, Inc.

You may want to join the National Rifle Association, America’s strongest gun advocate organization, to help ensure that people who want to rob you of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are not successful in disarming the citizenry of the United States of America

“They that give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania (1759).

Whether you choose to own a firearm or not, we must all understand that the Second Amendment is absolutely essential in maintaining the unique freedom we enjoy in America.

It is imperative that every American understand what our first President understood.

“When firearms go, all goes. We need them every hour.”
George Washington

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February 22, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. Thou shalt not bear false witness

    Comment by Patrick ONeill | February 25, 2010 | Reply

  2. Peter cut off the ear of the Centurian and Jesus restored the ear because…. ? Jesus told Peter to put away his weapon because ….? Breathern, let us think carefully before we speak. We represent our Lord and Savior to the lost in this world. We have a Great(er) Commission here.

    May the Lord Jesus Christ’s Peace Be Upon Us All in these end days. The harvest is ripe, and the workers are few.

    Love in Christ Jesus,
    Mary Brown

    Comment by Mary Brown | March 6, 2010 | Reply

  3. My apologies, I do know how to spell the word “brethren.” Sometimes!

    Comment by Mary Brown | March 6, 2010 | Reply

  4. Peter cut off the Centurian’s ear and Jesus restored it because…?

    Jesus told Peter to put away his sword because…?

    Brethren, we have a Great(er)Commission. We are Ambassadors of Christ to a lost world. The fields are ripe, the workers are few, and the time is very short!

    Comment by Mary Brown | March 7, 2010 | Reply

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