Death by Democide: The Reason We Have the 2nd Amendment
July 21, 2012 in Guns
July 21, 2012
In the 24 hours following a tragic shooting spree at a packed Aurora, Colorado movie theater that left 12 people dead and dozens wounded, the 2nd Amendment has already come under heavy fire by politicians, Hollywood stars, and the mainstream media.
In a radio interview, New York Mayor Bloomberg called on President Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney to “stand up and tell us what they’re going to do about it” referring to guns in America. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) has announced plans to reintroduce legislation that would restrict the availability of high-capacity gun magazines. CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin criticized legislators in an interview with Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, asking “What has to happen for Washington to reinstate the Assault Weapons Ban which expired back in 2004?” The Daily Beast made its anti-gun case in a story entitled, “Why Don’t Mass Shootings Lead to Gun Control?” and the San Francisco Chronicle mirrored the sentiment with “Tragedy Shows Need for Gun Control,” tossing blame at politician cowardice. Actress Susan Sarandon tweeted, “The right to bear arms was referring to muskets. Maybe it’s time to re-think our gun policy on this day of slaughter in Colorado.”
Of course no one bothered to point out any instances when a lawful gun owner saved lives in a deadly, or potentially deadly, mass shooting situation in this country:
- In 1997, an assistant principal grabbed a .45 from the glove compartment of his truck and subdued a teen shooter at his Mississippi high school after two students were shot and seven were injured (source).
- In February 2007, an armed off-duty officer was able to fend off a shooter in a Utah mall until police could arrive (source). Later that same year, a Colorado woman with a pistol permit took down a gunman after a shooting spree that spanned 12 hours and two churches left five people dead (source).
- Last year, a pharmacist with a concealed carry permit was able to stop two armed robbers who had taken customers hostage at his Michigan drugstore (source).
- Just last month, a legally armed passerby was able to end a vicious attack on a woman in Georgia simply by brandishing his weapon and threatening to use it (source).
Stories like these happening all across America are not widely reported on in the mainstream media. The right to one’s own self-defense is the first law of nature. While the events in Aurora are indeed a horrific tragedy, like the Virginia Tech and Columbine shootings before it, this latest shooting has already been twisted into an anti-gun agenda push overlooking the reason Americans have a right to bear arms in the first place. If law-abiding citizens are stripped of their ability to possess a firearm, the only two groups that will have open access to guns are criminals and the government.
When our forefathers penned the Constitution, the purpose of the 2nd Amendment was made perfectly clear within its own wording:
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
Criminals surely commit violent crimes, but our own government is armed to the teeth. The 2nd Amendment does not only regard one’s personal self-defense, but it speaks to the broader ability of the people to keep a potentially oppressive, out-of-control government and its standing army in check. Right now, our government is in anything but check.
Our president is continually bypassing Congress and violating our nation’s laws, effectively transforming the American presidency into a dictatorship. Our skies are set to be filled with Constitution-violating spy drones, and the Transportation Security Administration hires known pedophiles to molest our children in our nation’s airports. There are least forty armed federal agencies including the Food and Drug Administration and the Department of Education; our military and law enforcement alone possess four million guns. According to the CATO Institute, 44 botched paramilitary raids across the U.S. have killed over 120 innocent people — including 29 children — in the last 25 years. It was revealed that the Department of Homeland Security ordered 450 million rounds .40 caliber ammunition earlier this year as well — roughly 1.5 bullets for each man, woman, and child in America. The huge ammo buy left websites like The American Dream asking, “What possible event would ever require that much ammunition?”
Perhaps this situation calls for more explicit perspective. While the Colorado shooter was able to murder 12 people, how many more people have been killed by the thousands of guns admittedly shipped into Mexico by our own government in the Fast and Furious scandal? By mid-2011, these guns had been recovered at nearly 50 Mexican crime scenes, including violent drug gang shootouts and brutal kidnappings. The blood of those killed as a result of this covert gunwalking operation is on the hands of our government. Leaked emails from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives show ATF agents planned to use the scandal to ultimately undermine the 2nd Amendment. As many of the Fast and Furious guns are still unaccounted for, the ripples of potential death and destruction are staggering.
History shows that leaders who attempt to grab total control always disarm a populace first. President Obama is currently negotiating the UN Arms Trade Treaty which may result in mandatory gun registration, making it easier for the government to confiscate firearms and bringing America one step closer to disarmament. Socialist leader Hugo Chávez has begun enforcing crushing new rights restrictions with UN support to disarm the Venezuelan people in the name of “preserving peace”. Hitler banned Jews from owning firearms prior to their mass extermination. Tyrants Vladimir Lenin, Joseph Stalin, Pol Pot and Chairman Mao Tse-tung among others disarmed their citizens as well. Millions of people died in the democide — death by government — that followed. As Alex Jones noted in his 2012 documentary New World Order: Blueprint for Madmen, “Of all the real, proven threats to humanity, none of them have killed as many people as government itself.”
With the current police state Americans find themselves living in, it is no wonder polls show that personal gun purchases are on a record rise. With all due respect to victims of gun violence, our inherent 2nd Amendment rights are absolutely necessary to protect not only our freedom, but our very lives.
As founding father George Mason said back in 1788, “To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them.”