timely quote

Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president.

Theodore Roosevelt

Monday, February 16, 2009

What Good Can A Handgun Do Against an Army?

Over at the Gunslinger's, I found this excellent essay from the Western Rifle Shooters Association.

It goes over politics and the responsibilities of gun ownership in this country, including the possibility of having to use our guns against a military force here in our own hometowns. God forbid it every come to that, and I believe we still have a chance to pull back from that brink,
No one, repeat, no one, will conquer America, from within or without, until its citizenry is disarmed. We remain, as a British officer had reason to complain at the start of our Revolution, "a people numerous and armed."

The Second Amendment is a political issue today only because of the military reality that underlies it. Politicians who fear the people seek to disarm them. People who fear their government's intentions refuse to be disarmed.

The Founders understood this.

So, too, does every tyrant who ever lived.

Liberty-loving Americans forget it at their peril.

Until they do, American gunowners in the aggregate represent a strategic military fact and an impediment to foreign tyranny. They also represent the greatest political challenge to home-grown would-be tyrants. If the people cannot be forcibly disarmed against their will, then they must be persuaded to give up their arms voluntarily. This is the siren song of "gun control," which is to say "government control of all firearms," although few self-respecting gun-grabbers are quite so bold as to phrase it so honestly.
This is an outstanding essay, and it puts many things into words that I haven't been able to say. Go read it, then go read "On Sheep, Wolves and Sheepdogs." The day may come, sooner than you may think, that you must decide which one you are.

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