Jefferson's Militia

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  1. texas_teacher

    texas_teacher Well-Known

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    A 2nd Amendment blog I thought some people would be interested in following...

    Jefferson's Militia

    THURSDAY, DECEMBER 24, 2009

    The Difference Between Criminals and The Law-Abiding Citizen
    In old time western movies the difference between the good guy and the bad guy wasn't that one of them had a gun strapped to their hip, everyone did. The difference was simple and aesthetically that the bad guy had a black Stetson donning his head.

    Times would be much easier if they were like the movies. All too often we hear on the news and in personal accounts about the difficulties in the middle east identifying the friendlies or those that are there to do harm because the use common citizens and people that blend in.

    What about here on American soil? We hear rumors of people that look suspicious, people that don't fit in, or people that fit the profile, but in actuality people of all races, religions, and backgrounds commit acts of violence and hate.

    What can be done? Short of violating everyone's privacy and performing brainscans on the American populus the government does what it can as a governing entity. Does the government hinder us as American citizens from protecting ourselves? Some say yes.

    The rights of American citizens are inalienable rights betrothed to every citizen until there comes such a day where that citizen infringes upon another citizen's right to LIFE, LIBERTY, and the PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS.

    The second amendment reads that it is "the right of the people to keep and bear arms" and that it "shall not be infringed". Our rights are in fact being infringed. Are you able to carry a firearm of your choosing to the grocery store with you just in case the for instance arises where you find yourself being mugged? Not if you haven't filled out stacks of paperwork and proven your proficiency, etc. Even then not without paying a licensing fee.

    So after all this you are able to carry a concealed handgun to protect yourself if that God forbidden instance arises. You look around yourself at the people walking around the grocery store. Lots of jackets, lots of loose fitting shirts, and no black Stetsons. What are you to do? Who is legally carrying in a supermarket? Who didn't fill out their paperwork and has a Glock tucked in their waistband? (IE Plaxico Burress)

    Do gun laws deter criminals from carrying when and where they're not allowed or does it simply give the prosecuting government a bigger felony stick to shake at an individual when shit hits the fan? Why must we wait until this happens?

    In a never-ending debate in some states attempting to acquire the right to open carry it will undoubtedly arise that someone will make the argument that police officers and other law officials will not be able to distinguish between the law abiding citizens and the perpetrators.

    How can they tell the difference now? I ask you if a person who is legally allowed to carry his or her weapon concealed stood in front of you and a person that was carrying illegally stood in front of you dressed in the same clothes would you be able to tell? Is there no black Stetson?

    Thomas Jefferson in his Commonplace Book wrote :

    "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."

    I ask our country who are we benefiting? The assaulted or the assaulters?
     


  2. 1rightguy

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    Well said!
     
  3. RetArmySgt

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    Right on the head.
     
  4. Dcav

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    +1 Agreed 100%
     
  5. 2nd Abeliever

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    A question. I wonder, does/would an orginization like the NRA(?) provide us lawyer's in case "all of us" decided (Heck, I'm tired of having my rights trampled on by this govt.....), and simply all legal gun owners (US) would start carrying simply for the defense of ourselves and to exercise OUR 2ND AMENDMENT RIGHT? I guess like the African-Americans started doing walk-ins and what-not. Only then was the government FORCED to deal with the situation. You all know how the saying goes; it takes two extremes to have a middle ground. Just my 2$
    By the way, GREAT post above!
    'Wish I could belong to Jefferson's Militia.'
     
  6. texas_teacher

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    The newest article...

    Sunday, December 27, 2009

    A Well Regulated Militia of Men Entrusted In Peace


    Often times 2nd amendment enthusiasts will quote the latter half of the 2nd amendment and shy away from the beginning statement. Upon a closer look at the history of the amendment itself the opening statement of the amendment “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State,” only further adds to the validity of the arguments that all men are created equal and all men are ensured the right to bear arms through the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

    When James Madison was helping to construct the bill of rights he was not inventing the right to keep and bear arms. In fact this, what we now consider an inalienable right, was created by the British before the American Revolution even was a thought. The British believed that it was the rights of the people to come to the aid of the country. It was known as a universal militia. This idea and concept was carried over into the American colonies where citizens were charged with the protection of their neighbors and their community. Most communities had no apprehensions to this law, but others that were reluctant the community would face and repay damages when a crime wasn't pursued by the general public.

    Hasn't our President spoken on safety of our brethren, helping fellow man out? Isn't it he who created a day of service for those who were lost on the tragic day of 9/11/2001. What better way of service than the protection of oneself and the loved ones around them? What better way of neighborliness than to extend a hand of friendliness and justice that extends past a person's white picket fence?

    We our a nation of militants. We are a nation where we do care about those that rise up in the night to do harm against the welfare of others. We are engaged in the welfare of this country. We are charged with the keeping of our freedoms. Our nation is in peril and those that can and help this country are the honest, law abiding, freedom enjoying, patriotic citizens that inhabit this country.

    Our President speaks about our future, our pride, our selflessness and helping others. This is what the 2nd amendment is about. This is why the British created the Assize of Arms, to protect the king's peace. America no longer has a king but we're no stranger to peace and the disturbance of this peace.

    As our society continues to grow, our cities begin to expand and crime becomes more prevalent in all areas and tracts of life, we are the society of individuals, our own militia of citizens that say “no” we will not go quietly into the night of crime.
     
  7. MadMo44Mag

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    Good stuff!
     

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