Rep. Chip Roy: 'Tyrants Disarm the People They Intend to Oppress'

By Susan Jones | June 9, 2022 | 9:07am EDT
Rep. Chip Roy gives a ringing endorsement of the Second Amendment. (Photo: Screen grab)
Rep. Chip Roy gives a ringing endorsement of the Second Amendment. (Photo: Screen grab)

( - "Why do we have guns? Why do we have the Second Amendment?" Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas) asked on the House floor Wednesday during a debate on gun control.

"Is it to hunt? Sure. Self-defense? That's even more important," he said:

"The fact is, read the Founders, Federalist 46, James Madison -- contrast this with the tyrannical governments in Europe who are, quote, 'afraid to trust the people with arms.'

"Joseph Story, in his commentaries to the Constitution in 1833, quote: 'The right of the citizens to keep and bear arms has justly been considered, as the palladium of the liberties of a republic; since it offers a strong moral check against the usurpation and arbitrary power of rulers; and will generally, even if these are successful in the first instance, enable the people to resist and triumph over them.'"

Roy's main point was this: "We have a Second Amendment because we understand in this country that there are some things, inalienable rights, that you cannot justly take away from a free and equal human being.

“Tyrants disarm the people they intend to oppress. Those are the facts," he said.

Roy gave examples of disarmed populations that were later subjugated or slaughtered: Jewish people in Germany, Armenians in Turkey, millions of disarmed Soviet and Chinese dissidents also killed, Cambodians slaughtered by the Khmer Rouge, and unarmed slaves killed and oppressed in the Southern United States.

But later, in the 20th Century, armed black army veterans used guns to defend themselves against the KKK in Louisiana.

"This is not fiction," Roy said:

"This is in our lifetime. This is in our grandparents' lifetime. This is in our recent history. This is why the Second Amendment matters. It's not trivial. It's not something you just brush aside. This is a validation of liberty. It's who we are.

"But in order to sell a lie to the American people, that the government will protect them from all manners of evil, while defunding the police, leaving our borders wide open -- I'm glad my colleagues can suddenly find Uvalde on a map -- while allowing dangerous cartels operating hundreds of miles into Texas, allowing fentanyl to pour into our communities and kill tens of thousands of children -- the very children my colleagues say they wish to protect;

"In order to do this, Democrats in this body are willing to take away a citizen's God-given right, yes God-given right, that was mocked earlier -- to protect himself or herself or her family or his family from harm -- the very harm they foster by appeasing lawlessness, and importantly, from the very tyranny being applied to them to deny that right.

"That is what is at stake."

Roy raised problems with H.R. 8, the gun control bill the House was debating and which ultimately passed.

He noted that federal courts have found problems with raising the gun purchase age to 21; he noted that Democrat district attorneys don't really want to prosecute crime, including straw purchases; and he objected to a safe storage provision that reaches into a gun owners private home.

Roy said the bill "will harm Americans, and it undermines our foundational liberties that is crucial for a free state."

The bill has no chance of passing in the Senate.

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