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Monday, May 16, 2005

Why there is a Second Amendment, by Ron Beatty

Why there is a Second Amendment, by Ron Beatty:

"I submit to you that the Founding Fathers would be ashamed of us. They wrote the Second Amendment with the idea in mind that no more would American citizens have to fear the government, as had been the case up until the American Revolution. The Second Amendment was the direct result of years of government abuse of law-abiding citizens, then of years of war brought about as a direct result of a government attempt to disarm the citizens.
I submit to you that the actions taken by the federal and local governments have gone far beyond what was necessary to precipitate the American Revolution. I submit to you that the government of this country has actually become what we fought so long against in Soviet Russia. The government of this country has murdered its own citizens, waged illegal warfare against a country on the far side of the globe, killing thousands of our own troops, and tens or possibly hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqi civilians. The government of this country has systematically lied to us in order to justify these actions. The government of this country has stolen our property, money, and goods. The 'unfair and repressive' taxation which helped to spark the American Revolution was only 3 to 5%. Today, we work almost half the year to pay taxes, and that is only because so many taxes, fees, and governmental regulation costs are NOT included in that calculation!

The whole purpose of the Second Amendment is to prevent just these types of government activity

Am I calling for a new revolution? No, not yet. I do not now, nor have I ever advocated armed revolt against the government, not while there is still a chance to correct these injustices peacefully.

What I am saying is that the Founding Fathers realized that it might someday become necessary for that to happen, when government grew beyond the bounds set for it in the Constitution. That is why the Second Amendment was written, so that if it should become necessary, the people would have the means to overthrow government gone tyrannical."