"Arms like laws discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe and preserve order in the world as well as property" - Thomas Paine
The decision to "carry" or "not carry" is of course up to the individual. The biggest threat to our ability to make that choice is the unbrided
stupidity of the misinformed. I have read may of the responses on this blog and do agree with most. But the rationale that safety does not lie with
the individual really upsets me.
Several threads on ATS (not just this one) point out the the mere possession of one has and can avert a further escalation of violence. The site of a
firearm in a confrontation is usually enough to deescalate a bad situation.(ie..potential mugger...thief and the like) If not...(Wyoming saying) there
is no second place in a gun fight. Should we have the ability to protect ourselves,families, and property? Of course.
Should everybody own a firearm...of course not, but the droconian style of laws, in most states, restrict our right to choose. We as a people need to
pay close attention to what our law-makers are doing. If we don't, we will wake up pennyless in the land that our forefathers fought and died for.
But, I do believe the carry or not carry question goes deeper than just a guy walking down the street with a gun strapped to his hip.
"Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost kingdom in Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce
unjust laws by the sword, because the whole body of people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on
any pretense, raised in the United States." - Noah Webster
From this quote i gather that Noah was talking about the People V. Goverment, which is where the Second ammendement is vital in insuring the peace.
Not from citizens but from a goverment that would do it's citizens harm. The patriot act...as well as executive orders.... have taken our
Constitution and thrown it in the trash. The ruling politico at the present time have created a system of government devoid of the check and balance
system that was created by the founders to minimize if not try and stop the types of illegal "maneuvering" that we see happening
As for the Second Ammendment - "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the secury of a free State, the right of the people tp keep and bear
Arms, shall not be infringed." - U.S. Constitution
Who is the Militia? The militia of each state includes "all able-bodied males at least 17 years of age and under 45 years of age who are or have made
a declaration of intent to become citizens."-Title 10, section 31 of the U.S. Code.
Militia does not equal military. WE ARE THE MILITIA ACCORDING TO THE LAWS OF OUR LAND. So let's please start acting like it.
"I ask you sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people, except for a few public officials." - George Washington
Ok I have rambled on enough....