Saturday, April 28, 2007

Re: Our God-given right of self-defense

Ran across the article titled in the headline while doing quotation research on another article. The author turned out to be the same as the one that I was doing historical study on. Which would be the venerable former Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court; Judge Roy Moore. The article is found on WorldNetDaily, and it is a good one!

Following are a few pertinent quotations from the latter article, (emphasis and links added);
Within hours of the tragic murder of 32 students and faculty last week on the campus of Virginia Tech, liberals both at home and abroad began to cry out for "gun control," as if the two handguns that were used in the killings were more to blame than the disturbed student who pulled the trigger. While Cho Seung-Hui blamed everybody else in his chilling videotaped rant, the liberals and many in the media also wanted to place the blame on something else for Cho's cruel and immoral actions, once again exploiting this tragedy to push their agenda of taking away guns from law-abiding citizens....

...Our Founding Fathers believed that the right to keep and bear arms was a natural right given by God and essential to the preservation of life and liberty. Alexander Hamilton acknowledged that "the Supreme Being ... invested [man] with an inviolable right to personal liberty and personal safety." James Wilson – one of the first Supreme Court justices and a signer of both the Declaration and the Constitution – wrote that taking the life of an attacker is allowed "when it is necessary for the defense of one's person or house." This "great natural law of self-preservation," Wilson continued, "cannot be repealed, or superseded, or suspended by any human institution." ...

...In 1997 in Pearl, Miss., a 16-year-old boy shot and killed two and wounded several others at his high school before he was finally subdued when an assistant principal,
like the Appalachian law students, grabbed his handgun from his vehicle and bravely put a halt to the violence.

The right to keep and bear arms is not just a means of protecting life, but an indispensable safeguard of our liberties against oppressive government. Our Founding Fathers enshrined in the Second Amendment that this right of the people "shall not be infringed" because "the security of a free state" requires a "well-regulated militia." Liberals choosing to ignore the historical evidence claim that this is an outdated "collective" right of the state, not the individual. But in Parker v. District of Columbia on March 9, 2007, the D.C. Court of Appeals found that the right to keep and bear arms was an "individual right" held by "the people," and that it "existed prior to the formation of" the Second Amendment.

Tyrannical governments like those of Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union, China and Cuba all disarmed their citizens before the unprecedented oppression and murder of millions began. Back in 1833, Justice Joseph Story wrote in his "Commentaries on the Constitution" about the "importance" of the Second Amendment "as the palladium of the liberties of a republic since it offers a strong moral check against the usurpation and arbitrary power of rulers." History has indeed proven the truth of Story's comment and what every oppressive government knows: You must take away the people's guns before you can take away their rights and liberties....

My hat is off to Judge Moore once more, for his support of our God-given, Natural and inalienable right. And, for him telling it like it is, as it what so clearly intended to be. The full article is well worth reading....



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