In the 1980s, President Ronald Reagan used every means at his disposal to bring Communist dictators to their knees because he believed that the human heart, by God’s design, longed to be free. And when President George W. Bush invaded Iraq to take out Saddam Hussein, he too justified his actions in light of the fact that all people, not just American people, yearn to be free.
These examples are but two of many which could be drawn from American history to highlight our longstanding belief that freedom is paramount, that liberty is supreme.
It’s the same message that is discovered when one goes back to our Founding Fathers and reads their extra-Constitutional writings on the 2nd Amendment. There the concern is for liberty, and it’s arguable that the Founders whole-heartedly believed that more guns equaled more freedom. And this wasn’t something that varied across party lines as is so common today, but a conviction that was held by Federalists and Anti-Federalists alike.
For example, the devout Federalist Alexander Hamilton wrote, "The best we can hope for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed," and the not-so devout Federalist James Madison concurred: “Americans have ‘the advantage of being armed’ — unlike the citizens of other countries where ‘the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.’”
And while 21st Century liberals can do all they may to obfuscate and pervert the meaning of these words, in the end the cold hard truth is that the message is too clear to muddle. Our Founders simply weren’t shy about voicing their conviction that the American people possessed, by God’s design, the inalienable right to keep and bear arms for the defense of their persons and possessions.
Consider the clarity with which Founding Father Sam Adams explained the perpetuity of the right to keep and bear arms: “The Constitution shall never be construed . . . to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms."
Yet again and again leftist courts and politicians have “construed” our Constitution to do the very thing Adams’ said it ought never do.
Think of the way Democrat Mayor Richard Daley is denying citizens of Chicago the right to keep and bear arms at this very moment. Or consider how President Obama, while a state senator in Illinois, opposed the issuance of concealed-carry permits, opposed the use of guns for self-defense, and supported a ban on all handguns in that state. He did all this while claiming to support the very 2nd Amendment that Adams’ viewed as a bulwark against tyranny.
It should come as no surprise that Solicitor General Elena Kagan, Obama’s recent nominee to Supreme Court, shares Obama’s hostility toward guns. As a Supreme Court clerk in 1987, she wrote that she was “not sympathetic” toward the argument that denying citizens the right to keep and bear arms was a violation of the Constitution.
The path taken by Daley, Obama, and Kagan is one that has been trod by men like Mao Tse-tung, Adolf Hitler, and Fidel Castro and that it necessarily leads to a loss of freedom is something our Founders knew and that which world history proves.
For example, under the guise of reducing the murder rate in the country, “in 1996 Australia banned 60% of all firearms” and required registration on all others, only to see “that all crime had risen and armed robberies were up 44%” within two years. And BigGovernment.com has shown that whether we look at “Ireland, Jamaica…England [or] Wales the experience has been the same. Not only didn’t murder rates decline as [gun-grabbers] promised, but the rates actually increased.”
If we would remain free and treasure freedom as those before us have done, we must reject every argument and every example that sets itself against the right to keep and bear arms.
Said Founding Father Richard Henry Lee: “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."
In other words: More guns, more freedom.