Grassroots Commentary

Let's Speak Plainly

By Paige Cashion · Jan. 16, 2013

What is at the heart of the gun debate, or should be, is whether or not you believe there may ever come a time that we the people might need to form a ‘militia’ of our own, separate from our US military, to protect ourselves and our families from an American government gone awry, or a foreign invading force. The founders of our nation felt the possibility existed and gave us the gift of the 2nd Amendment.

If that scenario is possible, anywhere in our future or the future of our children (and history of civilization/governments seems to warn that it is) do you want to face, or your children to face, a government army or an invading foreign force with just a pistol and a hunting rifle?

The Second Amendment was not written to protect our right to go hunting on the flippin' weekend or our right to fight off rapists and robbers. We have changed as a nation, yes, but humankind has not changed and evil, and evil men in search of power, still exist in this world.

Let’s speak plainly. The 2nd Amendment was written so we could do exactly what they, its authors, were doing – revolt against a tyrannical government, foreign or domestic. Are you ready to take that right away from your children and your children’s children? I, for one, am not.

But then, my great, great, great, great grandfather, Asa Hill, died after two years in one of Santa Anna’s prisons to give me that right, and his son, Isaac, fought at San Jacinto to give me that right, and another of them, John Christopher Columbus Hill, served as translator between the U.S. officials and Mexican officials as they negotiated the Treaty of Hidalgo, which ceded Texas, New Mexico, Arizona etc., to the U.S., to give me that right. So, maybe I’m just biased… and the framers of the Constitution, just paranoid.

Go ahead. Give that right away.

“If cowardly and dishonorable men sometimes shoot unarmed men with army pistols or guns, the evil must be prevented by the penitentiary and gallows, and not by a general deprivation of a constitutional privilege.” –Arkansas Supreme Court, 1878


Diane in Tx said:

"A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed." --Second Amendment, Bill of Rights, United States Constitution

infringed past participle, past tense of in·fringe (Verb)
1.Actively break the terms of (a law, agreement, etc.): "infringe a copyright".
2.Act so as to limit or undermine (something); encroach on: "infringe on his privacy".
Hmm, In this statement I see two points - The right to keep and bear arms predates the Constitution and, infringed means any limitation whatsoever. So quoting SCJ Scalia on Heller about unlimited arms, which is in fact unconstitutional, because any thing that contradicts the Constitution is in fact unconstitutional.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 4:29 PM

Anton D Rehling in Olympia, WA said:

“The founders of our nation felt the possibility existed and gave us the gift of the 2nd Amendment.”
The gift is from God not the Government in the beginning of our country or now.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 6:42 PM

lihartke in buffalo ny said:

This Gov't is NOT trying to control gun violence it is trying to KEEP it's ever-growing EMPIRE without the threat of resistance. If it were they would have fixed Chicago long ago with it's strict gun laws. Strict gun laws only help CRIMINALS hence, all the violence in Chicago. Want MORE peace America? Arm everyone. Sure you will initially see a rise in crime from those "thrill-seekers" but once everyone gets the message that the shooters will be killed it will certainly be a deterrent for others. Why are Liberals so entrenched on their ideas to control everything? Don't they realize controlling things has the absolute OPPOSITE effect? Chicago will NOT be the way of life for my children and if politicians think it will, they are WRONG. We don't have the funds to pay armed guards like they do. Guess they want our kids killed. An unarmed citizen is a sitting duck. Right to carry anywhere and everywhere! Arm the whole population. Civil disobedience on gun ownership. Lets all sign a pledge saying that we will NOT obey the gun laws! Gun ownership is a right it is NOT a privilege and I am not abiding by ANY regulations of control. My right to bear arms IS A NON- NEGOTIABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 3:04 PM

vickie in Brazoria, tx said:

I love this article. Great Job

Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 8:39 PM