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Can We Not Be Trusted With Our Own Defense?

Gun Rights  January 18 2013
 — By CJ Grisham
Can We Not Be Trusted With Our Own Defense?

Over one hundred and seventy years ago, American patriot Patrick Henry made the following observations about our – the people’s – right to keep and bare arms.

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“Are we at last brought to such humiliating and debasing degradation that we cannot be trusted with arms for our defense?

Where is the difference between having our arms in possession and under our direction, and having them under the management of Congress?

If our defense be the real object of having those arms, in whose hands can they be trusted with more propriety, or equal safety to us, as in our own hands?”

– Patrick Henry, in Debates in the Several State Conventions on the Adoption of the Federal Constitution, Jonathan Elliot, ed. 1836, vol. 3 p. 168

Today’s Congress could learn a few things from their predecessors.

(5) Readers Comments

  1. I would contend yes on the personal level.The United States can be trusted . The United States has the world’s best military, our military trains it’s service members to protect and defend our life and liberty. Our service members are highly skilled at what they are trained to do. We have the police who at the state level along with other agencies that are tasked to protect us. Now as a private citizen I am a 100% pro guns; however I believe I need an AK47 in my possession or any assault weapon. I have the right to own personal firearms as a law abiding citizen. But should an assault weapon be in my arsenal? I don’t think so.
    In most states you need a license to fish and drive a car but not to own and carry a weapon. There are those in our country that has an issue with that fact, guns are sold daily without any means to track who purchased them. In the hands of the wrong person a gun is deadly as we all know. Will tougher restrictions prevent those who desire to hurt others from carrying out their plans? In most cases maybe not. I will assert that murder, rape and robbery happens daily and no one is advocating that we should not have laws against those acts.
    The 2nd amendment never mentioned the citizens owning high powered weapons, but one has to keep in mind the constitution wasn’t written with today’s challenges in mind in. Our society is not the same as when our founding fathers gathered to construct that document. I am not by any means contending that is isn’t one of the most important documents in this country only second maybe to the bible. I am saying government will have to govern based on the people’s will and on today’s challenges.
    Over 50% of the population is advocating for stricter gun controls according to the statistics I have seen and I am not sure they should be ignored. As a civilization we have to find that happy medium or the compromise so we can all coexist in our society peacefully.

    • “But should an assault weapon be in my arsenal?” What’s an assault weapon and why do you call it an “arsenal?”

      “Will tougher restrictions prevent those who desire to hurt others from carrying out their plans? In most cases maybe not.” Then why prevent law-abiding citizens from having the ability to defend themselves against those people?

      “The 2nd amendment never mentioned the citizens owning high powered weapons, but one has to keep in mind the constitution wasn’t written with today’s challenges in mind in.” Tyranny is no different today than it was in the 18th century. In fact, tyranny has become more lethal and our Founders created a document that was inspired for all time and allowed for us to change with it. I don’t think our Founders were so uneducated that they never believed technology would change.

      • well said

  2. Right on C.J..
    Never forget Hitler confiscated all guns in Germany,
    and gve them to his Stormtrooper Brown Shirts. If the People
    of germany were allowed to keep their guns, Hitler never would’ve
    rose to power for 20 years.

  3. C.J. -
    Patrick Henry also said :” GIVE ME LIBERTY OR GIVE ME DEATH !”

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