“And the 2nd is not vague. It is about personal freedom. Something the group mentality of loony libs do not understand.”_______________________
Agree in the sense that the Second Amendment empowers We, The People to rise up against the sort of tyranny that would take away the right to bear arms from law-abiding citizens, leaving criminals, terrorists and (ahem) ‘law enforcement agencies’ the only ones that DO have and bear arms. If the 2nd Amendment is overly compromised, ask yourself what is next?…?…I do not believe for a minute that the Founding Fathers envisioned our nation becoming one where automatic (or semi-automatic) “arms” were the self-defense weapon of choice. But they weren’t just referring to “muskets an’ flintlocks” – they were protecting personal freedom and the future of the new republic itself.What we DO know is that they heartily embraced personal freedoms and the liberties of the citizenry…they’d had a bellyful of King George the tyrant…and they vowed to avoid a repeat by establishing a more limited and accountable form of government – “small” government – not some bloated leviathan monstrosity that would waste many times over what it would spend, and shove itself into every aspect of Americans’ lives!-Also, I do not NOT endorse the idea that the solution is for MORE guns, any more than I endorse the notion that MORE spending holds the solution for our out-of-control national debt. Fundamentally, “When you find yourself in a hole, the first order of business is to stop digging!”*History is a powerful teacher, if we will but listen to what it has to say:In the early 1030’s when Adolf Hitler was establishing the ironfisted control of his Third Reich, one of his first ‘executive orders’ was that ALL guns of all types must be confiscated from the people – removing their primary means of fighting the brutal tyranny of the government. Mussolini did the same thing, an’ so did Stalin. These nations had no equivalent to our Constitution’s 2nd Amendment. When you look at how the fates of those (and other) nations have played out, you can see how important this American freedom to bear arms has been for our nation.The very preservation of our basic liberty as free citizens is at stake.President John F. Kennedy famously said,“The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission.”These are very powerful words, and they resonate with meaning for all Americans in 2013 every bit as much as when he spoke them a half-century ago.May GOD grant us the wisdom an’ strength to keep America free.