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The Second Amendment is NOT about hunting

Updated on December 22, 2017

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The Founders Intent

“A free people ought...to be armed”
George Washington

“The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government. [Misattributed]”
Thomas Jefferson

“The beauty of the Second Amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it.”
Thomas Jefferson

“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.”
Thomas Jefferson, Complete Jefferson

“Disarm the people- that is the best and most effective
way to enslave them.”
James Madison

“The constitution shall never be construed...to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms.”
Alexander Hamilton

“[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.”
James Madison

Think about it....

These people had just barely won a war with what was at the time The World Super Power, who had our colonies under a tyrannical rule. The British government forbade any military style weaponry except those memorabilia items from fighting as a redcoat against the Natives. Most people did not own guns, nor had much experience in using them. This gave a huge advantage to the British army as it invaded. Our founders learned that by the grace of God we survived, for our men had no training or even really much weapons to speak of. They knew that to prevent any tyrannical takeover, the people must be armed.


Nearly 80 years later the Generals of the Union Army figured out that this amendment had to be made as important as the other ones. See a new president, Abraham Lincoln, had won the Lincoln-Douglas debates on whether a divided nation can stand. We were smack dab in the middle of The Civil War. But see the citizens of the north, they didn't hunt much, they did not even own guns, however those of the south did hunt and own guns. Again by the grace of God the Union survived.

The National Rifle Association was first chartered in the state of New York on November 17, 1871 by Army and Navy Journal editor William Conant Church and General George Wood Wingate. Its first president was Civil War General Ambrose Burnside, who had worked as a Rhode Island gunsmith, and Wingate was the original secretary of the organization. Church succeeded Burnside as president in the following year.

See again after yet another war on our soil, we noticed the lack of ability by our citizens. We must all stand ready and able to defend our country at all times, against all enemies, both foreign and domestic. This is our inherent duty noted by our forefathers to help us defend the rest of our rights.

Pay Attention!!!

I know those NRA cooks and Glenn Beck....

Well actually yes, because they are the only people who have told me to look things up for myself and find out if they are true or not, "do not believe me or anybody else" Glenn always says saying "look for yourselves, make up your own mind. Don't let us in the media just feed you thoughtless talking points". And yes if someone breaks into my house I will use my second amendment right to defend my family. I would hope you would do the same, for your families sake.

But self defense is just one reason why I need a weapon, not necessarily a reason to own what I feel I may need some day. I have the right to own any weapon the government owns, by the constitution and founders intent. It has nothing to do with hunting and I for one am tired of hearing that. The main purpose was to guarantee the people never have to fight a tyrannical government again, and if we did, we would have better odds this time.

In Closing....

I hope we never have to face another civil war. The thought makes me ill. But know this, I will always stand on the side of the constitution. I am a registered Independent. Economically I am very conservative, socially,I am more libertarian. If it doesn't break my bones or pick my pockets, it is not my business. Stolen quote there but means a lot in this the "Great Beacon of Hope".

As long as you are a law abiding citizen, I hope you know how to use a firearm, and possess one at least. Just like voting and standing up for free speech, gun rights are the same. In my book an obligation to this great nation to make sure that we stay on course to fulfill the destiny of a truly self ruled society. I don't care nor is it any of my business how many rounds or guns you own. If you want to go shooting I'm your guy. I love to go shooting, and enjoy teaching my children the proper use of firearms. And I respect your opinions on the matter, I just ask you respect ours.

© 2017 Stephen Gooch

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