Except for times when it’s necessary, like The Battle of Athens.
There might’ve been other times when it was justified but not exercised, too… like when the government rounded up Americans of Japanese descent, took their property, and stuffed them into concentration camps.
I think that quote goes quite well next to a tyrannical, military concentration camp that denied the rights to life, liberty, property, and happiness, where there was fear of actual military firepower – because it was in the guard towers.
This declaration that the insurrectionist argument “has no place” in the debate is ridiculous. The Founders made it pretty damned clear.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, —That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.
In general, our government, even though currently run by economically destructive Keynesians and professional anti-colonialist Marxist-socialist street agitators who want to fundamentally transform the nation, isn’t yet wholly destructive of the security of the rights of Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Property (which was what the Founders wrote before they changed it to the intangible Happiness). A government that is of, by, and for the citizens that institute it by their consent, has no real reason to fear insurrection, nor to give it a second thought.
The citizenry, armed, represent the nation as well, and should never be a threat to the state, provided the state is operating with the consent of the governed, as outlined by their charter – the Constitution.
The Coalition to Disarm Everyone is giving the knee-jerk reaction of tyrants everywhere, giving that tyrant’s plea of necessity, and mocking any concern that a government might, just maybe, get out of hand.
Inalienable rights to life, liberty, property and happiness all exist until someone violates them. That’s why we have natural rights to defend ourselves, as individuals, citizens, and as a nation of citizen-individuals, against all enemies, foreign and domestic, oppressors large and small. And because of those inalienable natural rights of self defense – specifically noted in the Constitution with the Second Amendment’s acknowledgement of the right to the tools of self-defense, it’s exceedingly rare that we have to exercise the rights of self defense.
“The beauty of the Second Amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it.”
– attributed to Thomas Jefferson
Update: Welcome Merry Band of Three Percenters.