Two stories highlight why the Second Amendment matters so much
Today's news forcibly reminded me why our Second Amendment matters so much. The abstract principles behind it make eminent sense, but two news stories really bring home how wise our Founders were to include the people's right to bear arms in our Bill of Rights.
Although few people remember this fact, the first shots fired at Lexington and Concord in 1775 occurred because British troops were heading to Boston to seize arms and powder that the colonists had been gathering. That battle sparked an eight-year-long revolution against a tyrannical government that held that colonists were money-making machines for the British homeland while denying them their rights.
When the Americans secured their victory, they understood that it couldn't have occurred without their access to arms — access long guaranteed to British Protestants under the Bill of Rights of 1689. It was therefore a "no brainer" for the Founders to remind the federal government, via the Second Amendment, that the people have an inherent right to keep and bear arms, one that is subject to only the lightest and most necessary infringement.
The Founders' wisdom has been borne out by the history of the 20th and (to date) 21st centuries. Although the drive-by media love to lead with stories about gun crimes, there are two data points even more significant than the fact that most seem to occur in Democrat-run, heavily gun-controlled regions.
The first is that, per a CDC study published under the Obama administration, having a gun is the safest self-defense strategy. Even more significantly, defensive use of guns occurred between 500,000 to 3 million times per year, far outweighing the annual 30,000–40,000 gun deaths in America (most of which are suicides).
The second fact is that, while criminals are bad, there is no killer more efficient than a government turning on its unarmed citizens.
- In 1915, Turkey killed 1.5 million unarmed Armenians.
- From the 1920s to the 1930s, the Soviet government killed approximately 7 million unarmed Kulaks.
- From the 1960s to the 1970s, communist China killed between 23 million and 50 million unarmed Chinese.
- From 1933 to 1945, the Nazis killed 6 million unarmed Jews, along with 220,000 homosexuals, 250,000 gypsies, and up to 10 million Slavic people.
- From 1975 to 1979, Pol Pot's communists killed one quarter of Cambodia's citizens.
- From 1954 to the present, the North Korean government has killed an estimated 1.3 million North Koreans.
- Today, we have no idea how many Uighurs the CCP is killing.
- You can expect Afghanistan to become a new killing field. Just last month, the Taliban ordered all citizens to surrender their privately owned weapons.
To avoid mass slaughter, government should have a respectful fear of its citizens — so much so that it stays carefully within a constitution's clearly delineated lines, especially because free, well governed citizens are peaceable. Things get bad very fast when a citizenry rightly fears its government.
That's the abstract picture. Here are two stories, one about guns for individual self-defense and the other about a government run amok.
In Florida, Patrick McDowell, an incredibly dangerous criminal, slaughtered deputy sheriff Joshua Moyers. He's now on the run. Nassau County sheriff Bill Leeper had something important to say regarding this fugitive:
This guy is dangerous. If you're in a home and he breaks into your home and you have a gun, blow him out the door cause he's like a rabid animal.
Sheriff Leeper knows that America has more good guys with guns than bad guys with guns, and he's warning them that they must defend themselves.
Meanwhile, in Australia, using the impossible "COVID ZERO" standard as an excuse, the government in Victoria has gone stark raving mad. These scenes are from Melbourne (hat tip to Red State):
The Australian police, “We are here to stop the spread of COVID. This is for your safety!” as they jump out of an armored vehicle, shoot at people on the sidewalk, and smash them to the ground with their rifles. pic.twitter.com/yxCzSgtUCx— Aaron Ginn (@aginnt) September 25, 2021
And in case people wonder whether this really is Australia, the photograph in this tweet about protests in Melbourne has a picture that perfectly matches the street scene when the police attack people on the sidewalk, right down to the man in the wheelchair.
Australia is out of control pic.twitter.com/eIUZw2YhVs— Matt Vespa (@mVespa1) September 25, 2021
Additionally, this is a government that has no intention of ever giving up the power it's just acquired:
According to our health officials over here in Australia, we are never going back to normal. pic.twitter.com/9mxNJc5t73— Evelyn Rae (@_evelynrae) September 25, 2021
Did I mention that Australia has some of the world's strictest gun control laws?
However, the two stories I discussed above, as well as the history of government mass murder in the 20th and 21st centuries, make it very clear that the most dangerous place in which a person can find himself is when in which individual citizens, most of whom are decent, law-abiding, moral people, are denied the right to keep and bear arms.
Image: Australian police attacking citizens. Twitter screen grab.
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