“Mr. Editor, Is The 2nd Amendment Real?”

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Seeing as we have now entered the Christmas season I am reminded of a story some 116 years ago when an 8 year old girl named Virginia wrote to the editor of The (New York) Sun and asked him if there was a Santa Claus.  She asked because her intelligentsia little friends were telling her that he did not exist.  Because THEY didn’t believe in Santa they were intent on forcing other people not to believe either.

Francis Pharcellus Church, author of the famou...

Francis Pharcellus Church, author of the famous editorial (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The editor, Francis Church’s, response in the affirmative that there was a Santa Claus was as poetic as it was truthful and it can be read in it’s entirety here.

Nowadays though, there are other groups of smarmy pseudo intellectuals who try to hijack the public consciousness and claim that there is no 2nd Amendment, that if there ever was one, it no longer exists because it is no longer needed.

To all those people, and with respect to Francis Church I present my version of his reply:

Yes Virginia, There IS a Second Amendment

Virginia, your little friends are wrong.  They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age.  They do not believe in defending themselves except what protection they can get from the government.  They think that nothing should be allowed that is not comprehensible in their little minds.  In this great country of ours a true American is a lion at heart, as industrious as an ant, with the knowledge and intellect to see what the founding fathers envisioned for this land.

Yes, Virginia, there is a Second Amendment.  It exists as certainly as freedom and liberty exist and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy.  Alas, how dreary would this country be if there were no Second Amendment guaranteeing liberty?  It would be as dreary as if there were no patriots.  There would be no recourse, no defense, no protection from the intolerable existence of tyranny.  We would have no freedom except in what the government would allow us.  The external light, that this country has shone out to the world would be extinguished.

Not believe in the Second Amendment?  You might as well not believe in speech.  You might get your Papa to buy a gun to watch over and protect you, and then buy you a gun to protect yourself.  But even if you never needed to use it, what would that prove?  Nobody needs to face down evil and tyranny in order to know it exists.  The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see.  Did you ever see the George Washington lead the colonials to victory in the Revolutionary War?  Of course not, but that’s not proof that they were not there.

You may tear apart the  baby’s rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world where ideas of liberty and freedom exist, and in that place, where brave men and women are willing and able to fight to maintain that world, no tyranny can tear it asunder.  Is the Second Amendment real?  Ah, Virginia, in all this world there is nothing else so real and abiding.

No Second Amendment?  Thank God it lives, and lives as long as patriots stay vigilant. A thousand years from now Virginia, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, it will still continue to keep tyranny at bay and continue to make free the hearts of childhood.

 

 

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  • Yes, the Second Amendment is real, but it’s proved to be less than effective. Think about it: The Amendment with the wording “shall not be infringed,” is the most infringed, licensed, and limited Amendment of the entire twenty seven. Time to get back to the Bible’s non-optional God-expected responsibilities:

    “Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a twoedged sword in their hand; to execute vengeance upon the heathen, and punishments upon the people; to bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron; to execute upon them the judgment written: this honour have all his saints. Praise ye Yah.” (Psalm 149:6-9)

    “But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house [including spiritual and physical protection], he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.” (1 Timothy 5:8)

    For more, see “Firearms: Scripturally Defended” at http://www.bibleversusconstitution.org/onlineBooks/firearm-right.html.

    Then listen to “The Second Amendment: A Knife in a Gunfight.” Scroll half-way down our home page to our Featured Messages.

    • TexTopCat

      The Second Amendment is just fine. We the people have not been diligent enough to see that it is strictly enforced. When we allow government to demand permission to exercise a “RIGHT” we have a problem in keeping the country free.

      • TexTopCat, thanks for responding. You might find the following two blog articles regarding optional, repealablerights as compared to non-optional God-expected responsibilities of interest:

        “America’s Hell: Paved With Rights” and “Rights, Rights, Everyone Wants Their Rights” Go to the link above and then to our Blog at the top of the page and either scroll down or do a search on the titles.

        • TexTopCat

          Thanks for the link, it is interesting reading.
          There was a debate in NYC about “Is the Second Amendment outdated” that also brought up the issue. Is the “primary right” one of self-defense and having guns is a result of that primary right. The four debaters were all very well known people in the gun debate circle and both sides were excellent.
          But, I certainly agree that “responsibilities” is missing in most gun discussions, on both sides.

          • Pleased to hear you’re taking a look. While you’re at our site, be sure to take our Constitution Survey in the right-hand sidebar by which you’ll receive a free copy of the 85-page “Primer” of the 565-page “Bible Law vs. the United States Constitution: The Christian Perspective.” I’d love to send you a complimentary copy on me.

    • Samuel Suggs

      have fun with that.

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  • Steven Newman

    “Be not intimidated…nor suffer yourselves to be wheedled out of your liberties by any pretense of politeness, delicacy, or decency. These, as they are often used, are but three different names for hypocrisy, chicanery and cowardice.” — John Adams (1735-1826) Founding Father, 2nd US President, A Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law, 1765

    “God forbid we should ever be 20 years without such a rebellion. The people can not be all, and always, well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions it is a lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty. We have had 13 states independent 11 years. There has been one rebellion. That comes to one rebellion in a century and a half for each state. What country ever existed a century and a half without a rebellion? And what country can preserve it’s liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” — Thomas Jefferson, November 13, 1787

  • TexTopCat

    Maybe we should not think of the Second Amendment as a statement of right but as a statement of responsibility. Every capable citizen is responsible for owning and bearing arms that are in good condition, knowing how to used them effectively and having ample ammo.

  • Brilliant!! Well said, well done. I loved it.

    However, let us all be reminded that even without the Second Amendment, THE RIGHT TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS would still be just as real and valid and a RIGHT as had the BILL OF RIGHTS never been adopted.

    John Jay succinctly summed it up when he reminded us that the Constitution was sufficient, that adding a Bill of Rights would lead to fewer liberties. He said; “Silence and blank paper neither grant nor take away anything.”

    The Bill of Rights, properly understood, neither adds nor takes anything away from the Constitution, rather, it’s an amplifier, a clarifier of the Constitution, reaffirming in the strongest “negative” terms, that which the federal government CANNOT do.

    The Bill of Rights, the Federalists argued, was unnecessary and even possibly an instrument to be used in the future to take powers not “expressly” noted — like those in the Bill of Rights — leading to infringement upon other “rights.”

    That is in fact what has happened and continues to happen. We need an educated REPUBLIC if we are to remain free. No matter our passions on this or any subject — without information and converts all will be lost to the tide and lure of socialism and government hunger for power.

    James Madison, the principal author of the Constitution, informed us that the federal government has “few and defined” powers YET those held by the states and the people are numerous and indefinite. In Federalist No. 45 he said:
    “The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite. The former will be exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation, and foreign commerce; with which last the power of taxation will, for the most part, be connected. The powers reserved to the several States will extend to all the objects which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, liberties, and properties of the people, and the internal order, improvement, and prosperity of the State.”

    We must always remember that the Constitution is sufficient and while the Bill of Rights is important they do not edit or amend, add or subtract from the beauty or power of our 4,400 word Constitution.

  • Glenn Green

    When the Founding Fathers added the Second Amendment to the Constitution they intended for all American citizens to be armed to protect themselves from the potential threat of the Federal Government intruding on our individual liberties. This only works if we the people are armed equally to that of government forces. When the amendment was written the most advanced weaponry was muzzle loading smoothbore guns and cannons available to anyone. They could not see the future that included automatic weapons, tanks , helicopters, drones and unlimited supplies of weapons of mass destruction. In order for the Second Amend. to be valid the average American would have to have unlimited access to the same weaponry as the Federal Government. The Spirit of the Constitution and our most primary founding document is the Declaration of Independence = (DOI) it gives Americans their prime directive to always be in control of the Government = whenever the current government does not act in the peoples best interest it is our sacred “Duty” to abolish it ASAP. The DOI is our only failsafe mechanism (THE RESET BUTTON) to protect us against a TYRANNICAL government. Abraham Lincoln’s policies of subjugation of the South at all costs forever rendered the DOI null and void and resulted in our enslavement as tax slaves forever with no recourse.

    Being forced into a UNION of States against our will reminds me of a husband who beats his woman into submission and forces her to marry him.

    The definition of slavery is being forced to work without compensation = (financial gain).

    The average American worker works 5 to 8 months of every year to pay for Federal and State Income taxes, property taxes, sales taxes, fuel taxes, manufacturing taxes on all raw materials, import taxes = taxes upon taxes = pay you taxes slave = all this was a result of Abe Lincolns policies. Our founding Fathers considered taxes evil = Abraham Lincoln and his cronies loved taxes they imposed the first Federal Income tax of 3% on every income over $800 in 1861.

    Before the South’s Subjugation we were a nation of Liberty = because the government took over America by force we are now a Nation of Laws = Rule of Law = and there is a law that governs every aspect of your life = 100s of thousands of laws, (3000 new laws and regs are written every year) regulations, ordinances that dictate what you can do, when you can do it , who you can do it with the very air we breathe and every drop of water is regulated all ultimately resulted because the South lost the war and the Federal govt. assumed complete control of every American.

  • Don Merriam

    As far as I’m concerned, liberalism is an outdated relic from a bygone era. If we’re going to scrap the Second Amendment on those grounds, shouldn’t we scrap liberalism on the same grounds as well?

  • Phaenius

    There is a fog of war when a real war against the people exists when governments seek the mastery. Liberty is the freedom to do that which is right in the sight of God, and it is complementary to that form of freedom called LICENSE, the freedom to do that which is deleterious to innocent human life and all that pertains to such and at best indifferent to the protection of innocent life.

    • Ambassador David

      Phae,
      I usually say it as:
      Liberty is better than Freedom, Freedom is free to do as one chooses, but Liberty only is there when The Proper choices have been made.

  • akoby

    The Second Amendment is there to protect us from a tyrannical government as well as giving us the responsibility to protect our families.There was no distinction made that the citizenry have “different” weapons from our military. The citizens had equal capability as the military otherwise how could the populace defend themselves from a tyrannical government? While we may not like the implications of that statement given the powerful weaponry we have today, those are the facts. To assume that our forefathers did not forsee that is disengenuous at best. They forsaw that we needed divided government with RESTRICTED powers in order to secure our freedom, they forsaw that if government got too powerful we would need the power to pull it back into line and one could also infer that they also knew that society would move forward and invent new things including more powerful weapons.

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  • Aimeeinnrthtx

    Did not obama pass a law that gives gov. The right to sieze our food water and transport. A clausein obamacare gives them the right to force martial law. Our rights are on the vergeof being sripped from us. The bible fore warns us it willhappen for dsobeying Gods laws. And the pagan festival of tammuzes birthday christianizrd by catholics and called Christmas teaches lies aboyt santa and covetousness bresking the first ninth and tenth commandments. Crosses stained glass windows and paintings bre as the second sunday worship and ignoring Gods holy days break the 4th. Read ezekiel 8:12-20 eremiah 10:1-5 isaiah 56:3,6. Deut 12:29-32

  • BeeKaaay

    Leftwingwackos don’t believe in the personal right of self-defense. That is because they hate human rights.

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