Through the years I have often heard various gun control advocates say, “When the constitution was written they only had muskets. There is no way they would have allowed assault weapons to be in the hands of everyone. If you want a musket fine, but handguns and assault weapons should be banned.” It is obvious these people have no clue why the second amendment was written. If they did, they would know that if the guns of today existed then, the founding fathers would never have wanted that kind of power to reside only with the state. They were most adamant that freemen should have arms. Here are just a few quotes.
“The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. A well-regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained to arms, is the best and most natural defense of a free country.” – James Madison
“Besides the advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation. This is a barrier against the enterprises of ambition, more insurmountable than any which a simple government of any form can admit of. Notwithstanding the military establishments in the several kingdoms of Europe, which are carried as far as the public resources will bear, the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms. – James Madison (Federalist Papers #46)
“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” – Thomas Jefferson
These are just a few quotes out of many that express their sentiments towards firearm ownership. It is interesting that 150 years or so later the tyrant Mao Zedong said this, “Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.” It seems to me our founding fathers new what they were talking about.
Today the power-hungry gun grabbing tyrants even want to take our muskets as well. I saw this article on the NRA website stating that, “Muzzleloaders Now Targeted by “Giffords” Gun Prohibition Lobby.” That’s right they even want to take those now. Here is a quote from that article:
“But muzzleloaders — which fire one shot at a time and must be laboriously loaded through by hand down the barrel – can deliver what “Giffords” calls “a particularly lethal .50 caliber round” and are therefore unacceptable as well.”
The fact that these people want to disarm everyone cannot be denied. The only way to confront that is to never yield. There can be no compromise with them, because each time we give ground, they want more. So, to the gun grabbers I say no compromise no surrender. I would also add this little saying from King Leonidas to Xerxes I, when Xerxes wanted the Greeks to disarm and surrender at Thermopylae. He answered Xerxes with this now famous phrase, “Molon Labe” or “come and get them.”
You can read the article on the gun ban proposals from the Gifford’s group here.