reply to post by CepheidVariable
First off, you say you are a kid. Your opinions are not surprising considering the time in which you are growing up. I will give you that.
Now, let me try to explain to you some things and I hope you read carefully. First, I live in a city just like you do. And there are plenty of people
in this city that enjoy the recreational use of guns, the personal protection they offer to the responsible, and the right to threaten a tyrannical
government bent on oppressing its people for ideologies incongruous with the principles upon which this country was founded. So please, drop the
"rural thing" perception. That just makes you sound uninformed. Which you may be, and that is OK. You're young and we all have to learn as we
I certainly don't know it all yet.
First, what is a nation? A nation is a bordered area of land and sometimes continental shelf that is claimed under locally and internationally
recognized bodies of persons that claim to represent or control the populous of said area. It has a defined economy, common defense, borders, and
agreed-upon name or title. This is a basic and broad definition, but it should suffice.
Now, what is a government? Loosely defined, a government is a body of people that have the force of military might at their disposal. Essentially, a
government has a monopoly on violence. This is to ensure peace through threat of violence. This has always been and likely always will be the
fundamental definition of a governing body, or at least the one attribute that makes it viable. If this is questionable to you, just think: If some
guy told you to give him your money and threatened you verbally, and you turned around and saw him blindfolded, his arms and legs tied up and he was
hopping toward you in an attempt to threaten you, you, like anyone else, would not give him anything. Some might ask why the heck he is tied up, but
for sake of example, no money would be forthcoming from your hand. Now lets say he hopped up behind you and said the same thing, only this time he is
accompanied by a few individuals holding guns to your head. I am sure the blindfold and ropes would not matter, and he would get your money, one way
or another. Like that man, government is powerless without the force of violence on its side. If all our military from the brass on down to the grunt,
and our local and state police and Guard were to turn on the politicians in D.C. and tell them they can't keep governing they way they currently do,
there is no way the politicians could stop it.
So, to sum it up, a government must have a recourse of force or it would be what we call a paper tiger (all growl, no bite). It would be nonviable and
unable to function, as no one would have any incentive to comply with their laws. Now, how does this tie into our right to bear arms? Well, if we -
that is, the citizens of this country - are
the government, whom are entrusted with the right to vote on who would represent our opinions and
ideals within the central government, then this is a government by the people, for the people and of the people. If we are the government, we have
the right to remove our representatives when they no longer serve our interests, either by vote, by protest, by lawsuit, or, if all else fails, by
force. Weapons that can kill from a distance, like a gun, are a last hope of a free people against a governing body that oppresses them and the
Constitution it swore to protect.
I agree there are people that like to show off and there are irresponsible people that abuse others' rights and deserve to have their own rights
limited. After all, with great freedom comes great responsibility, but to quote George Washington:
"Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself. They are the American people's liberty teeth and keystone under independence