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Thursday, January 17, 2013

The Protector of All our Freedoms: Second Amendment

By Domenick J. Maglio, PhD., Traditional Realist 

The liberals were fearful of President GW Bush using his executive privilege to send dissenters into internment facilities. The conservatives have the same apprehensions about President Obama’s misuse of executive powers. Across the entire political spectrum from anarchists to statists, Americans realize that any big government can use its power to enslave its people.

The establishment of our nation was a revolt against the tyranny of Great Britain. Our founding fathers knew first hand that there is no negotiating or compromising with a central government hell bent on oppressing its people. Only the presence of potentially equal or more power can prevent a government from seizing the freedom of the people.

George Washington said, “A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them which would include their own government.” This indicates that President Washington would have no problem with sophisticated weapons comparable to the military to be in the hands of the people. It is another check and balance on the federal government.

Hubert Humphrey, was an icon of the democrat party. He was a progressive two term senator from Minnesota, majority whip, vice president of the USA and presidential nominee of the democrat party in 1968. He said, “ Certainly one of the chief guarantees of freedom under our government, no matter how popular and respected, is the right of citizens to keep and bear arms the right of the citizens to bear arms is just one guarantee against arbitrary government and one more safeguard against a tyranny which now appears remote in America, but which historically has proved to be always possible.”

Extraordinary men of peace and proponents of social justice understood the need for guns to thwart evil intentions. “If someone has a gun and is trying to kill you, it would be reasonable to shoot back with your own gun.”  The Dalai Lama, May 15, 2001, The Seattle Times. “Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the Act depriving a whole nation of arms as the blackest. - Mohandas K. Gandhi.“ That rifle on the wall of the labourer’s cottage or working class flat is the symbol of democracy. It is our job to see that it stays there.”  George Orwell

The establishment of a despotic government seems to require that citizen’s guns have to be removed from the wall to minimize any armed resistance. In 1935 Adolf Hitler required full gun registration in Germany.  He proceeded to galvanize his power exterminating many of his citizens. The Soviet Union in 1929  established gun control which ushered in the annihilation of 20 million of its citizens. In 1911 Turkey passed gun control that assisted them in killing 1.5 million Armenians.  

Gun ownership has been outlawed in Uganda, Cambodia, China, Guatemala and Rwanda where the killing of the opposition was the normal operating procedure of these dictatorial governments. Multi millions of people have been killed in these countries where citizens have become powerless to resist.

Guns in the hands of law abiding citizens in the USA during WWII supposedly was one major reason that Japan chose not to attack the west coast of the United States. The Japanese understood a land invasion would be too costly in the same way criminals would rather not confront a home or person who possesses a weapon.

Guns not only repel foreign invasions and criminals but have the same effect on megalomaniac politicians who entertain thoughts of controlling their people through intimidation or direct force. As George Mason, the co-author of the Second Amendment, said, “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.” It is our citizen’s duty to insist on gun ownership to protect our freedoms internally and externally.

The abolishing of the Second Amendment would not stop evil acts but will result in all of our American freedoms crumbling. Our first Amendment is presently on shaky ground although we have the ability to use politically correct double talk in front of certain audiences and free speech in others.

Once guns are confiscated from the hands of law abiding citizens the government elites would classify gun owners as criminals. The leader of the government (dictator) would abolish the rest of the Bill of Rights. This will enslave citizens without any possibility of reprisal from them. Americans will be defenseless pawns of the government.

Thomas Jefferson said it succinctly. “ When government fears the people there is liberty, when the people fear the government there is tyranny.”

This sums up the reason the second amendment was so specific and firmly stated by our founders. It is as needed today as it was in the past and will continue to be in the future. Confiscating of guns ends in tyranny. Guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens are the ultimate safeguards against the loss of our freedoms.

Dr. Maglio is an author and owner/director of Wider Horizons School, a college prep program. You can visit Dr. Maglio at


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