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TNA 10-07 1994 Insurance for Liberty

TNA 10-07 1994 Insurance for Liberty

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FIREARMS
A
ND
FRE
EDOM
Insurance
for
Liberty
At
Lexington,
armed
patriots
challenged
Redcoats
sent
toseize
their
weapons
A
merica'ssystem
of
governmentisbasedontherecognitionthat(inthewords
of
theDeclarationofIndependence)
"men
...areendowed bytheirCreatorwithcertainunalienablerights."Inourrepublic,asinanyfreesociety,lawsaredesignedtoprotecttherights
of
theindividualfromforeignthreats,fromthecriminalelementandevenfromgovernmentitself.Inatotalitariansociety,ontheotherhand,
lawsare
directed
at
controllingthe
peopleinstead
of
thegovernment.Thisispreciselywhyafreepeoplemustretaintherighttokeepandbeararms.AsJohnF.McManus,publisher
of
THENEWAME
RI
CAN,explains,"The SecondAmendmentdoesnotexisttoprotecttherights
of
hunters,sportsmen,andtargetshooters.
It
existsbecausethe
Founding
Fathers
knew
thatthe
law
theyconstructed-toempowergovernmentbuttoholdittoastrictlylimiteddomain-meansnothingifthereisnoforcetobackitup.Andtheyproperlyintendedthatsuch
power
beleftinthehands
of
thepeoplethemselves.Ultimately,itistherighttokeepandbeararmsagainstgovernmentthatbacksuptherightstospeak,
publish
,
practice
religion,etc."
FundamentalRight
Therighttokeepandbeararmsisinatleastonerespectthemostfundamentalright
of
allbecauseitinsuresallotherrights.Anarmedcitizenrythatunderstandsthisbasicprinciplewouldnevergiveupitsrighttokeepandbeararms. Butwould-bedictatorsunderstandthisprincipletoo,andwilldoeverythingpossibletodisarmthepeoplesoastoleavethemdefenselessatthehands
of
thestate.Governmentoppressionthrives whenthepeoplearedisarmed.Inhisoverview
of
thehistory
of
theSecondAmendment,
ThatEveryManBe
Arm
ed
(1984),attorneyStephenP.Halbrookrecallsthat"[Julius]Caesar'saccount
of
theGallicwarscontainsnumerousinstanceswhichbuttresstheobviouspropositionthatthedeprivation
of
therighttobeararmsisarequisiteforconquest.Caesarrecognizedthedifficultyinconqueringanarmedpeople."
THENEWAMERIC
AN
/
APRIL
4,1994
When
hedefeatedthe
Gauls
,
Caesar
routinelycollectedallarms.SundryhistoricalaccountscitedbyHalbrookcontainsuchobservationsas"allarmswerecollectedfromthetown";"therecould benoterms
of
surrendersaveondeliv ery
of
arms";Caesar"cut
off
thehands
of
all
who
had
borne
arms";andhe
"slew
a
gre
at
number
of
them
and
strippedall
of
theirarms."In1671,morethanacenturybefore theAmericanRevolutionary
War
,KingCharlesIIimposedlegislation
todis
armindigenousEnglishmen,whilehisroyal governorfortheAmericancolonies,SirWilliamBerkeley,didthesametodisarmindigenousAmericans.Halbrookwrites:"Thus,armscontrollawsinthe Englishexperienceservednotonly
to
subjugatedomesticall
ythe
poorand
middleclassesandreligiousgroups,but alsotoconquerandcolonizetheScots,theIrish,theAmericanIndians,andfinallytheEnglishsettlersinAmerica."
Battling
the
British
The
Re
volutionar
y
War
wasit
self
triggeredwhentheBritishattemptedtoconfiscatearmswhichthecolonistshadstoredatConcord.Lateintheeveningof
April
18,1775,
GeneralThoma
sGage,theBritishmilitarygovernor
of
Massachusetts
,
dispatched
troopsonwhatwassupposedtobeasecretmis siontocapturethecannonandmilitarysuppliesatConcord. Butbeforesunrisethenextday,scores
of
colonistsarmedwithloadedmusketsgatheredontheLexingtongreenandnearthemeetinghouse.WhentheBritisharri
ved
andthe
Britishofficer
inchargeorderedtherebelsto"disperse, youvillains-laydownyourarms," theyrefused.
The
Britishofficerthengavetheordertosurroundtherebels, andintheconfusionshotswerefired.ThreeBritishsoldierswerewoundedandeightmilitiamenwerekilled. HistorianDonzellaCrossBoylewrites in
QuestofaHemisphere
that"theBritish
continuedthe
m
arch
toConcord
where
they
destroyed
afew
cannon
,burnedsixteennewcarriagewheels,andchoppeddownalibertypole.Most
of
the
supplie
s
had
been
hidd
enin
the
woods.WhenBritishsoldiersbeganto tear
off
theplanksofthebridgecross ingtheriver,militi
amen
gatheredtostop
the
de
struction
,
and
shot
swerefiredonbothsides.Assuchactionhad
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