According to the FBI, last week’s Black Friday sales smashed all one-day records for background checks. According to the Left, something has to be done about it.
Not only did Black Friday this year smash records, but background checks from gun sales from May, June, July, August, September, and October were all record-breaking as well.
The people of America know several key points about today’s United States of America: (1) Violence is escalating with the Black Lives Matter movement; (2) rhetoric from the nation’s president consistently calls for more and more gun control; (3) gun-free zones and soft targets are hit because people are not allowed to be armed within them; and (4) Jihadists live among us.
If all that doesn’t prompt you to find a way to protect your life and the lives of your family members, then you aren’t paying attention.
Having the right to bear arms is a birthright for peaceful American citizens, and the Framers understood that that right was to defend your life against an oppressive government. There would never be a question that people should have guns to defend themselves and their property.
Here are some quotes from the founding era that give perspective as to why they can never, ever take our guns:
“The best we can hope for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed.”
– Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist Papers
“That the said Constitution shall never be construed to authorize Congress to infringe the just liberty of the press or the rights of conscience; or to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms … ”
– Samuel Adams, Debates and Proceedings in the Convention of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, at 86-87 (Pierce & Hale, eds., Boston, 1850)
“[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, The Federalist Papers, No. 46
“I ask, sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people, except for a few public officials.”
— George Mason, in Debates in Virginia Convention on Ratification of the Constitution, Elliot, Vol. 3, June 16, 1788
“What country can preserve its liberties if its rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms.”
– Thomas Jefferson to William Stephens Smith, 1787. ME 6:373, Papers 12:356
” … but if circumstances should at any time oblige the government to form an army of any magnitude, that army can never be formidable to the liberties of the people, while there is a large body of citizens, little if at all inferior to them in discipline and use of arms, who stand ready to defend their rights …”
– Alexander Hamilton speaking of standing armies in Federalist 29
The reason the Second Amendment will remain enforced in this nation is because of its original intent. A government where the people are not allowed to defend themselves is a police-state, where only the government has the guns. Not in America. No. Not ever!
Jen Kuznicki is a wife and mother, seamstress by trade, and American patriot who says, "Now is the time to act."