Saturday, November 3, 2012

Firearms Freedom

The United States was founded on freedom.  Take the right to keep and bear arms for example.  The population was allowed to own all the weapons that the military might own, including cannons.  As late as the War of 1812 the US Congress was giving letters of marque to civilian ships.  That would allow them to function as warships.

It did not authorize them to be armed and equipped with cannons like a warship.  Civilians already carried the same kinds of guns on their ships that warships carried.  In fact, many civilian ships were armed better than many American Navy warships.  The Congress allowed these civilian ships to attack British ships and sink them or capture them.  They were allowed to function as US Navy warships but where not warships, they were privateers.  Privately owned, privately financed, and privately operated, getting all their income from ships, cargoes and sailors they captured on the high seas.

My point in bringing this up, is that the idea of firearms freedom goes back to the Revolutionary War and we were still very free as late as the War of 1812, with many of those same people who passed the first Constitution still in office.  The Second Amendment is not about duck hunting.  It is not about cheap handguns.  It is not about registration, taxes and fees that have to be paid.  It is about the freedom to have the weapons that people need to defend themselves, their loved ones and their property against crime, invasion, or an oppressive government; that's the view from the Hysterical Right Wing.

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