So I'm driving to work today and listenining to a former democratic campaign advisor talk about what a great idea it would be for either Obama or McCain to pick Mike Bloomberg run for vice
-president. Among other questions, the host asked this one: how would McCain and Bloomberg reconcile their positions on the 2nd ammendment. The response was (I'm paraphrasing here):
"Everybody in the country, except for the NRA, seems to agree that the 2nd amendment protects the right of the people to own shotguns, you know, for hunting, sport. It seems that it's the cheap handguns that are responsible for generating all the crime."
Other than making me laugh, this nonsense (1) gives you the idea of how truly ignorant the left is of the constitution and (2) the tenacity of the left in their quest to disarm gunowners. The most frightening thing is this blind selfrighteousness. They are on a crusade and they believe the supreme law of the land is on their side.
I don't hold any illusions with respect to re-education of the rabid anti-gunners. What it important however is that we keep reminding anyone who'll listen of the importance that our constitution has played in making this the greatest country in human history and the true meaning of each and every article of this constitution.
To this end here are some quotes by the founding fathers with respect to the 2nd amendment and arms (see more at http://cap-n-ball.com/fathers.htm
"I ask, Sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people. To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them."
George Mason, 1788
"The people are not to be disarmed of their weapons. They are left in full posession of them."
"And that the said Constitution be never construed to authorize Congress to infringe the just liberty of the Press, or the rights of Conscience; or to prevent the people of the United States, who are peaceable citizens, from keeping their own arms; â€¦"
Samuel Adams, 1789
"Firearms stand next in importance to the constitution itself. They are the American people's liberty teeth and keystone under independence â€¦ from the hour the Pilgrims landed to the present day, events, occurences and tendencies prove that to ensure peace security and happiness, the rifle and pistol are equally indispensable â€¦ the very atmosphere of firearms anywhere restrains evil interference â€” they deserve a place of honor with all that's good."
"To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them."
Richard Henry Lee, 1788
"The great object is that every man be armed." and "Everyone who is able may have a gun."
"What country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance. Let them take arms."
Thomas Jefferson to James Madison
And here's one by another "founding father":
"This year will go down in history. For the first time, a civilized nation has full gun registration. Our streets will be safer, our police more efficient, and the world will follow our lead into the future!"
Adolph Hitler, 1933