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Second Amendment is central to US citizenship

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May 5, 2013
By John Hongisto , The Mining Journal

As Ronald Reagan said, "Here we go again."

In a speech about their new gun law, Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York claimed that so-called "assault weapons" are not used for hunting and have no legitimate purpose.

This sanctimonious hypocrite, like other self-serving anti-gun politicians and media elites, has 24-hour armed protection at public expense or can afford his own protection. Not so for most ordinary citizens.

Light small caliber semi-automatic weapons, like the AR-14's and AR-15's that they are trying to ban, have long been popular for predator hunting and competitive shooting. They are ideal for women and kids learning to shoot because of their light weight and virtually no recoil.

Unfortunately, efforts to restrict the availability of firearms are always targeted at law-abiding citizens. The reason should be obvious.

Throughout history, the surest way to control and enslave people is to disarm them. An unarmed man is a subject. An armed man is a citizen. A citizen has the means to control his destiny. A subject does not. Think American citizens. That is why we have the most rights and are the freest people in the world. That was by design, not by happenstance. Gun control is all about controlling the people.

The Second Amendment is the palladium of our civil rights. It alone, enables Americans to physically defend, if necessary, all of the other rights in the Constitution. Otherwise, they are just words on paper. The Second Amendment literally stands between freedom and tyranny. An armed people is a free people.

Think it cannot happen here? Remember the federal sieges on the Branch Davidian Compound in Texas and at Ruby Ridge in Idaho in the 1990's? That was unrestrained federal law enforcement power run amok. While the Feds had to pay damages, those responsible for these atrocities were never held to account.

Our commander-in-chief supported Attorney General Eric Holder in the recent gun running scandal called Fast & Furious, which was intended to justify more gun control. They attempted to blame dealers in the United States for providing most of the guns trafficked into Mexico that end up in the hands of the drug cartels.

That gun walking scheme directly resulted in the deaths of hundreds of Mexican citizens, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent near Monterrey, Mexico and a border patrol officer in Arizona. The president invoked executive privilege to cover up incriminating evidence and stop the Congressional investigation.

The Founding Fathers included the Second Amendment in the Bill of Rights for three reasons. The first is self defense, which is universally recognized. The second is to raise a citizen militia to repel invasions and put down insurrections. The third is to prevent tyranny.

It was understood, that if the government became tyrannical and refused to respect the rights of the people, they not only had the right, but a duty to remove that government. It was also understood, that citizens had the right to keep and bear the commonly available small arms of that era. That is the original purpose and intent of the Second Amendment.

The U. S. Code or body of federal law defines militia as all able bodied male citizens between 17 and 45 years of age.

Attacks on the National Rifle Association and its supporters have been vicious. In your January 14th edition, you ran a cartoon depicting members of Congress exiting the back door of the U.S. Capitol receiving checks from a man with NRA emblasoned on his cap.

The caption read, "I'm a longtime supporter of background checks."

Not only is that false, it is character assassination. It is a particularly nasty attack on an honest and reputable organization.

The Obama Administration, pandering to public outrage, is cynically trying to impose a collective punishment in the name of public safety. Under our system of jurisprudence, we are presumed to be innocent until proven guilty.

To punish people who might commit a crime or merely have the means to do so, even in the absence of criminal intent, is prior restraint. That is offensive to our sense of fairness and the concept of the rule of law.

When our commander-in-chief took the oath of office, he swore to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States. With this president, they are just empty words.

Editor's note: John Hongisto resides in Deerton.

 
 

 

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