At Virginia’s ratification convention for the U.S. Constitution on June 14, 1788, George Mason said, “When the resolution of enslaving America was formed in Great Britain, the British Parliment was advised by an artful man, who was governor of Pennsylvania, to disarm the people; that it was the best and most effectual way to enslave them; but that they should not do it openly, but weaken them, and let them sink gradually….”
I’m sure someone, somewhere within the hierarchy of the Democratic National Committee at one point said something similar as that governor of Pennsylvania. The Democrats, and even many Republicans, have certainly tried to curtail the 2nd Amendment as much as they can over the years. The pure hatred toward ordinary citizens who are capable of bearing arms and protecting themselves from any threat, even, in the extreme, our own government, has been palpable.
Yesterday evening, that hatred was given a voice, a face, and a name. Congresswoman Kathleen Rice (D-NY) suggested on social media that NRA members like myself should be considered domestic security threats.
— Kathleen Rice (@RepKathleenRice) August 11, 2017
Now, I haven’t said much about myself in my writings since coming to this new platform, so let me give you some perspective. I was a military officer for 10 years. I am a recipient of the Bronze Star and Combat Action Badge for my service in Afghanistan. I’ve been a commander and a staff officer. I’ve been a husband and a father. I’m now divorced, but still a good father. I’ve been homeless. I’ve been poor, and I’ve been comfortable. What I want most in life: to be able to raise my children in peace and work hard to make my way in the world, and other than that to be left alone. I’m a gun owner. I’m no threat to anyone who isn’t a threat to me or my loved ones. I’m also an NRA Life Member.
James Madison wrote extensively in the Federalist Papers about the need for an armed citizenry. They weren’t just worried about Britain returning, but they also knew this new government could become corrupt as well, and as a last resort the people might need to take up arms against this new government.
As I wrote about yesterday, the 2nd Amendment is our American Firewall against criminals, both domestic and imported, but its primary function is as defense against tyranny.
Congresswoman Rice’s statement is the kind of thing that the Founders were concerned about. The idea that someone like me, someone who has fought for this country, and mostly just wants to be left alone but wants to live free, is somehow a domestic threat, is truly incredible. And that she says this while we face the external threats of North Korea and Radical Islam, not to mention ACTUAL domestic terrorist groups like Antifa, who have ACTUALLY committed violence, just makes it all the more infuriating.
The DNC would be wise to ask for her resignation, but I’m sure that will not happen.
Congresswoman Rice, I will say it. A member of Congress suggesting that NRA members who simply want to preserve their rights to defend against future tyranny are domestic threats is exactly the kind of tyranny for which the 2nd Amendment was written. YOU, in fact, are the domestic threat. You are a threat to liberty, and you clearly do not care much for the Constitution to which you took an oath. I thank God you have no power to fulfill what you suggest at this time. I pray that people will take your words as a cautionary tale, that you and your kind are the very tyranny that we must remain vigilant against.
Democrats and many Republicans have a dream of a disarmed American populace. That is all it is: a dream. We will not give up our Firewall against tyranny. When you try to take it from us, as that ancient governor of Pennsylvania suggested to the British Parliment, we will use it, just as our forefathers did.
I know you think most of use are rubes, but I assure you, there are hundreds of thousands of veterans who will take up arms to fight for our country again. We’ve fought this kind of war before. We’ve done our part and we don’t want to again, but if we must, we have experience, because we have fought this kind of war before from the other side, and we are smarter and much better trained than our Afghan and Iraqi enemies were. I suggest you get back inside the Constitution where you belong.