Editorial: Why The Constitution Supports Armed Citizens.

This letter to the editor by Jim Maness first appeared in The Eagle in December, 2012.

In wake of the tragedy in Connecticut and the “rush to judgment” by certain members of our society, some quotes by Ben Franklin are appropriate: “Freedom always perishes in name of security.” “Distrust and caution are the parents of security”. The founders of our country were well aware of the tyranny of government. The governments of the peoples of Europe denied the people the means to defend themselves from their tyrannical governments. George Washington understood this tyranny when he said: “Government is not reason: it is not eloquent: it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.”

sandyhookSome members of our society wish to deprive the majority of their Constitutional right and liberty to own firearms. In the true sense of incrementalism they claim they only want to limit certain aspects of firearms. This is called death by 1000 cuts. The ultimate goal is total elimination of the liberty to own all firearms. George Washington addressed this issue: “It will be unjust and unwise jealousy to deprive a man of his natural liberty upon the supposition he may abuse it.”

“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.” “Americans have the right and advantage of being armed” (James Madison). George Washington went a step further:”The very atmosphere of firearms anywhere and everywhere restrains evil interference – they deserve a place of honor with all that is good”. ”Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples’ liberty’s teeth.” Samuel Adams stated “The Constitution shall never be construed … to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms.”

Number one disaster – 9/11 caused by airplanes. Number two disasters – Oklahoma City bombing – caused by fertilizer. Most deaths in a year – caused by automobiles. Gun deaths – steadily declining to the point of statistically insignificance. Connecticut, while a terrible tragedy, does not warrant loss of our liberty.

“People willing to trade their freedom for temporary security deserve neither and lose both.” Ben Franklin 1775.

Jim Maness

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