The other day I saw a video that has been making its way across the internet. A US Military veteran shows up to an Anti-Second Amendment seminar in Illinois, where there is discussion about the modern relevance of our right to bear arms. The New Trier Democrats of Glenview Illinois equated gun owners to Nazi’s.
This Veteran took the floor and asked Lee Goodman, member of the Stop Concealed Carry Coalition, a very serious question. “Whether it was to put gas and oil in your cars, for the banks, whatever, I went to war for my country. I went to war for your ability to have the first amendment to stand up there and say what you said today…I would like you to answer the question, since you just said that one of the rights that I went to war over, to defend, that is unalienable for every American citizen…If this discussion was going on about your first amendment rights, would you still have the same opinion that we don’t need that anymore either?”
The question came after Goodman stated that “The reasons for our founding fathers had for the second amendment doesn’t matter”. Rather, he said, we should evaluate whether it is relevant today. By this token, should we not re-evaluate every amendment? Surely we would constantly be trying to update our constitution every year.
Goodmans statement is a dangerous one, a statement that places the power to allocate and take away rights into the hands of a few elected men, and whenever a majority agrees that a right is no longer relevant, we can repeal it. Such a proposition is destructive, with no ends. A cyclical motion or stripping and granting rights would be frequent, adding to our constitution silly rights that have little significance, but would have devastating affects on the here and now. Then, when the damage is done, and it is ‘no longer relevant’, the rights are repealed and the damage is left.
Our unalienable rights are under fire not only from a people ignorant of their foundation, but of a people ignorant of their significance. Thomas Jefferson stated that the beauty of the second amendment was that it will never be needed until the government tries to take it away.
None or few people are buying ammunition to fight for their right to hunt, or their right to put holes in paper from the other side of their yard. Its not about hunting, sportsmanship, large monetary investments from over the years, or even about self defense. The second amendment is about protecting all the others. It is our obligation to use our voices, our talent, and our abilities to demonstrate and protest to prevent the eradication of our natural rights. However, on the day that the fist of angered men tries to take them, we must be prepared to come to blows and defend that which was endowed by our creator.
The constitution was not a construct of men who had a grand idea for a nation. The Constitution was the most intellectual document written, forged in the fires of war and history, philosophy and intensity, contemplation, and trial and error. The mind of the world were evaluated, the books, the histories, the great civilizations and cultures of the world were assessed, and then a government was established to remedy a people of oppression.
The time has come for us to take action at the First Amendment level like we have never before. The time to become radical in our efforts is here. Radical as in constant demonstrations. We need to have an overhaul of social and cultural norms. We need people to begin Open Carrying (Where legal) as often as possible. People need to see guns more and more and realize that they are harmless in the hands of the righteous, free, and sane.
We need to Present Arms. Literally. Present yourself where you can with firearms loaded or unloaded to lawful standards, and demonstrate.
We need to march on our State Capitols, March on our Legislators offices and homes. Don’t make a stance in front of Wal Mart, take it and stick it to the man.