People who support this: Are you glad the Revolutionary War happened?
· Feb 8, 2023 ·

Yes, Joe Biden is coming for your AR-15.

"Assault Weapon" is just a euphemism. He's coming for your AR-15.

The term "AR-15" is just a term that stands for "any modern weapon with technology used past 1890."

And he wants to take that away.

Most of you reading this agree with me that the Second Amendment is clear in its explicit instructions that politicians do not have either the God- or man-given right to take away people's guns.

For those of you who disagree and believe a gun ban would be beneficial, let me ask you something:

Was the American War of Independence a good thing?

I am seriously and honestly asking you that question.

See, before the American colonists committed treason by declaring themselves independent from their king, they were like nearly every person who had ever lived on the face of the planet: Vassals of powerful governments with rights that only existed at the government's whim and pleasure.

The difference with the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution is that it teaches that every person is of equal worth in the eyes of God, therefore has equal rights, and that the government doesn't have the authority to take away rights given by the Creator of the universe.

But the Founders knew that politicians and kings would never follow this principle. Given enough time, there would always be "a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object" that would "reduce them under absolute Despotism."

Because of this, the Founders believed that there were only two ways to keep a government from treating its citizens like cattle.

  • Explicitly lay out the belief that the purpose of government is to provide safety for people ("That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men"). This was revolutionary when, for all human history, leaders believed that people existed to serve their government.
  • Create safeguards to ensure that the centralization of power could be checked, checked, and checked again.

How did they separate power? They devised a federalist system where counties, states, and the federal government were in competition with each other, each with separate powers and jurisdictions. They then created three branches of government to compete against each other.

But these safeguards rest in the government's hands. What if politicians decided to change or game the system? Who would hold them accountable?

The only people who can are the citizens themselves.

But how can the citizens hold their government accountable?

You might think the answer is voting, but nations like Venezuela, Syria, and North Korea hold elections. Do you think the people of those nations are keeping their leaders accountable?

If the politicians have all the power, then that little sticker you get at the ballot box is a mere consolation prize: A trinket to make you feel like you aren't just a sheep with no agency or power of your own.

No, America's founders knew full well that there is only one safeguard against government overstep:

Arm the citizens.

"Besides the advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation, the existence of subordinate governments, to which the people are attached and by which the militia officers are appointed, forms a barrier against the enterprises of ambition, more insurmountable than any which a simple government of any form can admit of. Notwithstanding the military establishments in the several kingdoms of Europe, which are carried as far as the public resources will bear, the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms. And it is not certain that with this aid alone they would not be able to shake off their yokes." – James Madison


"The militia, who are in fact the effective part of the people at large, will render many troops quite unnecessary. They will form a powerful check upon the regular troops, and will generally be sufficient to over-awe them." – Tench Coxe

I lament the violence happening in America right now. I see it daily while writing stories. I've watched little kids getting shot in the backseat of cars, seen men be executed with a shot to the back of the head, and watched as women get caught in the crossfire.

Very little of America's gun problem comes from semi-automatic rifles, but this is what Biden and his allies want to focus on nonetheless. If we ban the technology that allows people to defend themselves in the 21st century, then I guess the violence will magically stop.

But of course, it won't. If you disarm people in the name of civility and kindness, then your kind and civil government will very quickly become a violent and evil one.

The problem lies in the heart, not the technology.

So let me ask again: Are you in favor of what Jefferson and Washington did when they became traitors to the British Crown?

If you aren't, then feel free to disregard the Second Amendment and reinstitute the power that kings have had over their subjects for thousands of years. You may as well disfavor your own very existence while you are at it.

If you want to be subjects of an empire instead of free citizens, then that is your prerogative.

But I have to ask: Why do you still live here? Why do you still call yourself Americans?

To be an American is to be anti-totalitarian power. To be an American is to uphold the idea of inherent rights, and the means to safeguard those rights.

If you believe the Founders' ideals were flawed, why are you still here? Why haven't you moved to literally any other country on the planet?

Could it be that the existence of the Second Amendment has so thoroughly defended the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness that it has allowed America to flourish like no other nation in history? Could it be that in turn, this has allowed a revolution of the acknowledgement of human rights around the planet over the last two centuries? Could it be that you understand this in your very core – so much so that you abhor the idea of casting off your American identity, even if you don't know why?

If you hate what the Founders stood for, so be it. But please abandon calling yourself an American.

That title is reserved for those of us who believe in their ideals, and those of us who will never lay down the means they meant for us to uphold them.

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