Cumberland Times-News

Opinion

January 16, 2013

Armed men are citizens; unarmed men are subjects

I am writing this letter to encourage anyone who still cares about our Second Amendment rights to participate in National Gun Day on Saturday, Jan. 19. If we let them outlaw one type of firearm, it’s a slippery slope.

Every day our rights are being trampled on making our government more and more dictatorial. We must go out and support our rights.

On Jan. 19, we must go out and exercise our rights; hold some signs, hand out copies of the Constitution and patronize gun shops. We need to let them know we will not accept the taking of our guns.

A screwdriver can be an assault weapon if it is used to attack a person.

I know there have been several tragedies involving guns recently, however, according to the FBI’s crime statistics, more murders are committed annually with hammers than with guns.

Should we also register or outlaw our hammers? We cannot give up any more rights and continue to be a free nation! Our Founding Fathers had it right when they wrote the following:

“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.” — George Mason 1788

“Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself. They are the American People’s liberty teeth and keystone under independence.” — George Washington

“To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms, and be taught alike how to use them, especially when young.” — Richard Henry Lee 1788

“Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not.” — Thomas Jefferson

“Those who trade liberty for security have neither. An armed man is a citizen, an unarmed man is a subject.” — John Adams

Gun control is not about controlling guns, it’s about controlling those who use the guns! Assault is a behavior, not a device .

Notice every communist country in the world has disarmed their people. The Soviet Union established gun control, and 1.5 million people unable to defend themselves were exterminated.

Germany established gun control and 13 million people unable to defend themselves were exterminated.

China established gun control and 20 million people unable to defend themselves were exterminated.

Need I go on? At least 56 million people have been rounded up and exterminated in the 20th century because of gun control.

Everybody who cares needs to speak up now!

Joel Jackson

Cumberland

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