Where did these northeastern liberals learn their history? Senator Chris Murphy (D) Connecticut is a typical example.
“The idea that the Second Amendment was put in there in order to allow citizens to fight their government is insane. If that was the case, we wouldn’t have also included treason in the United States constitution. We basically said, ‘If you take arms up against the government, we’re going to knock your block off,’ and that’s what the early Presidents ended up doing in the rebellion and the whiskey rebellion. The Second Amendment is not designed to allow the citizenry to arm itself against the government, and nullification is another example of states not understanding the true nature of that amendment.”
Wow! Note to Chris Murphy, you do NOT know your history! All of the Bill of Rights and the Constitution were written after the war with Great Britain to obtain our independence. So everything must be filtered through that prism to understand what our founding fathers were trying to accomplish and why they did it that way. The British attempted to confiscate weapons from the colonists who used weapons not only for defense against the Indians but also for hunting and to protect themselves from a tyrannical government. Consider these quotes from some of our Founding Fathers:
The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
A Bill of Rights is what the people are entitled to against every government, and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inference.
None but an armed nation can dispense with a standing army. To keep ours armed and disciplined is therefore at all times important.
One loves to possess arms, though they hope never to have occasion for them.
The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive.
or George Washington
Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples’ liberty’s teeth.
or James Madison
Americans have the right and advantage of being armed – unlike the citizens of other countries whose governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.
Do not separate text from historical background. If you do, you will have perverted and subverted the Constitution, which can only end in a distorted, bastardized form of illegitimate government.
The Constitution preserves the advantage of being armed which Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation where the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.
The Constitution shall never be construed… to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms.
Rebellion against tyrants is obedience to God.
“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.”
And then there are some quotes which are even are even more telling.
“A militia, when properly formed, are in fact the people themselves …”
Richard Henry Lee
“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; …”
“Firearms stand next in importance to the constitution itself. They are the American people’s liberty teeth and keystone under independence … 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 … the very atmosphere of firearms anywhere restrains evil interference — 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
“The constitutions of most of our States assert that all power is inherent in the people; that … it is their right and duty to be at all times armed; … ”
“The best we can help for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed.”
“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.”
Liberals ignore history or change history for their own political advantage. Senator Chris Murphy is not an aberration in this regard.
“Our main agenda is to have all guns banned. We must use whatever means possible. It doesn’t matter if you have to distort the facts or even lie. Our task of creating a socialist America can only succeed when those who would resist us have been totally disarmed.”
Chairman, Handgun Control Inc, to Senator Howard Metzenbaum
Liberals have always ignored or distorted history for their own twisted agendas. The Whiskey Rebellion was nothing more than growing pains of the new government. Never, did the government consider confiscating the guns of those rebelling. And as far as nullification is concerned. The idea was floated among those who wrote the Constitution and the idea was never fully put to rest. The idea of nullification, that the states can nullify a national law, has always held a lot of sway with many people including the founding fathers. The idea that common people could not own guns was never an issue with those who wrote that amazing document called the “Constitution.”
The truth does not matter to liberals when the goal is to ban all guns. To them our founding fathers have become old relics destined for the dustbins of history and it is best if they were forgotten entirely. Lost in this debate is what it cost us as a country if we do not stand up to tyranny now. Like our ancestors stand at the precipice of history. Will we allow a tyrannical government chip away at our rights or will we stand firm.
We are at that critical time once again. What is next? What other rights do we have as Americans are we willing to concede. We are indeed on a slippery slide. The very foundations of our country are at stake. Our founding fathers were true giants of intellect. Their vision led the United States of America to become the most powerful country in the world. And it is all because this this country was based in individual liberties, not collective ones. And when we distort history for our own gain, then we risk losing the very things which made this country great.
hat tip: DC Clothesline