A quick review of the years leading up to the Revolutionary War exposes an amazing parallelism with the current status of unfriendly 2nd Amendment states and their citizens. Before the first shots were fired at Concord and Lexington, before the famous ride of Paul Revere, and before a fledgling America would make its Declaration of Independence’…a 10-year war of words, and crushing economic slavery to the British had already taken place. A shout-out to the 10’s of thousands of Virginians who peacefully exercised their 1st Amendment rights in defense of their 2nd Amendment rights-Americans witnessed first hand that democracy and peaceful protest were indeed the precursor to whatever may occur next in our battle to keep and bear arms.
One of the most vocal and inspiring writers of the period, who pricked the ire of the British Crown while at the same time energizing a growing number of disgruntled colonists with his firebrand book “Common Sense” was Thomas Paine. Paine chastised his British masters while setting fire beneath the idea of freedom — expanding and driving home that certain freedoms are endowed by our creator, including the right of self-defense,-with arms if need be. He Said: “Arms discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property….horrid mischief would ensue were the law-abiding deprived of the use of them…the weak will become prey to the strong.”
Surely, those of us who value our 2nd Amendment right see the warning signals of rogue state legislatures hell-bent on denying the rights of law-abiding citizens to exercise (in full measure) the intent of the founders. The legislatures of New York, Illinois, Virginia, California, and Washington not only deny their citizens the ‘intent’ of the founders; they have also legislated and signed into law some of the most egregious social and economic hardships for their fellow citizens to endure-and pay….this is the ‘parallelism’ to modern America I mentioned previously to the Revolutionary period-and hence the growing disgust of modern Patriots. The world of early 18th Century America was quite unlike ours in the sense that none of the modern amenities we enjoy were invented yet, but the one constant that never needed ‘inventing’ or ‘re-writing’ or ‘bringing up to 21st Century ‘standards’ is the God-ordained idea of freedom, self-defense against those that would harm us, including tyrannical governments, and the pursuit of happiness. Freedom lost is seldom regained; I leave you with a final quote from Thomas Paine’s “Common Sense” ~ “The balance of power is the scale of peace. The same balance would be preserved were all the world not destitute of arms, for all would be alike; but since some WILL NOT, others dare not lay them aside”