Tuesday, November 24, 2009

A Brief History of the Right to Self-Defense

Originally from: http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=34313

For the first 150-years of the existence of the U.S.A., the right of citizens to carry arms was so fundamental it was not considered worthy of debate. The Founders considered their right to keep and bear arms the ultimate and most fundamental guarantee of life and free-dom against crime, foreign invasion, and as a last resort, a despotic government. No knowledgeable American--from the founding of the United States through the mid-1950's--would have questioned that the Second Amendment to the Constitution meant exactly what it says, "… the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." This was not a right of a Militia. The "Militia" was--and under current law still is--all able-bodied adults, who are expected to keep their privately-owned arms similar to what is used by the military at the time.

Nineteenth-century U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Joseph Story, called the American right to bear arms "the palladium of the liberties of the republic." Our Founders believed that in a free society good citizens must always be prepared to defend themselves and their country. Thomas Jefferson said, "The God who gave us life, gave us freedom to defend life." Being armed was more than a right. It was a moral obligation of citizenship. Twentieth-century history proves the wisdom of this philosophy:

In 1911, Turkey established gun-control. From 1915 to 1917, 1.5-million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun-control. From 1929 to 1953, about 20-million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

In 1938, Germany established gun-control. From 1939 to 1945, a total of 13-million Jews and others who were unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

In 1935, China established gun-control. From 1948 to 1952, 20-million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

In 1956, Cambodia established gun-control. From 1975 to 1977, 1.5-million 'educated' people, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

In 1964, Guatemala established gun-control. From 1964 to 1981, over 100,000 Mayan Indians, unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated.

In 1970, Uganda established gun-control. From 1971 to 1979 over 300,000 Christians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

Australia: In the 21st Century, gun owners in Australia were forced to surrender 640,381 personal firearms --which were then destroyed by their own government. This program cost Australian taxpayers more than $500-million. Results the first year:

  1. Australia-wide: Homicides up 3.2-percent.
  2. Australia-wide: Assaults up 8.6-percent.
  3. Australia-wide: Armed robberies up 44-percent - yes, 44-percent!
  4. In the state of Victoria alone, homicides with firearms went up 300-percent. One doesn't have to be a rocket-scientist to understand this. While the law-abiding citizens turned their guns in, the criminals did not. The illegal-gun trade thrives!
  5. Australian criminal-data over the previous 25 years showed a steady decrease in armed robbery with firearms. This has drastically changed upward, since criminals now are guaranteed their prey is unarmed.
  6. There has also been a dramatic increase in home break-ins and assaults on the elderly.
  7. Australian politicians are at a loss to explain how public safety has decreased, after such monumental efforts and expense were expended in successfully ridding Australian society--but not the criminals--of guns.
  8. The Australian experience and the other historical facts leave no reasonable doubt. So called "gun-control" is harmful to freedom and public-safety.

Great Britain: At the beginning of the 20th Century, Great Britain had few "gun-control" laws as we now know them. Although there were different class-restrictions, guns were freely available to nearly anyone. While the American militia originated from traditional British rights, the British Crown was aware that the very existence of a civilian-militia denied the monarchy a monopoly of force. Over the decades, Britain used various threats of revolution, Irish-separatism, and two world wars, as a pretext to enact ever-increasing restrictions and controls of guns in private hands. Currently, legal acquisition of a gun is nearly impossible for law-abiding British subjects. Despite this, the British government and British police have been unable to show these restrictions have reduced crime. Today, there are far more illegal guns in Britain, and far more violent crime. "Hot burglaries" -- that is burglaries in which the criminal knows the home-owners are home -- are eight times more likely in Britain than in the U.S.. Tourists and natives alike are five times more likely to be victims of a violent crime in London than in New York.

United States: In all but two states of the U.S., law-abiding civilians who apply, submit to a police-check, and demonstrate reasonable firearms-proficiency and knowledge of the law, may receive a license to carry a concealed firearm. Contrary to threats by gun-control advocates, this has not resulted in "blood in the streets" or any increase of crime or gun-violence. In all U.S. jurisdictions where lawful concealed carry is possible, violence and violent crime has decreased significantly. Multiple criminological studies have demonstrated that in the U.S. each year over 2.5-million crimes are stopped or deterred by armed American civilians; most with no one being shot or harmed. On the other hand, in jurisdictions such as Washington, D.C., or Chicago, Illinois, where handguns are banned and long-guns must be disassembled and/or locked up, the homicide rate skyrocketed to eight times the national average.

Worldwide: The concept that free people have the right to defend themselves is as old as civilization. Under ancient Greek, Roman, and Anglo-Saxon law, the ceremony of freeing a slave included placing a weapon in his hands "as a symbol of his new rank." Aristotle wrote in Politics 68 that "true citizenship included the right to possess arms, and that armed tyrants disarmed the oppressed." So what results from our "more advanced" thinking of the 20th Century? Conservatively, in excess of 100-million defenseless unarmed-civilians were rounded up and exterminated by various governments. (See data.)

You won't see this data on the American evening news or hear our President, governors or other politicians disseminating this information. Guns in the hands of honest citizens save lives and property. Guns in the hands of honest citizens preserve freedom and dignity -- from both criminal and government predators. And, yes, gun-control laws affect only the law-abiding citizens. The gun-control party is now in the majority in Congress. Take note before it's too late. The next time a politician talks in favor of gun-control, please remind all who are listening of the lesson of history. All credible scholarship indicates so-called "gun-control" laws never work, are dangerous to the rights of the law-abiding, and are inconsistent with the values on which the United States were founded. The Founders of America had it right. With guns, we are "citizens." Without them, we are "subjects." Please spread this civil-rights message -- the right to life -- to all of your friends, and especially all your government servants. You don't work for them. They work for you.


Friday, November 20, 2009

First key vote on Senate ObamaCare Saturday

From the Desk of: Steve Elliott, President, Grassfire.org Alliance (modified by me to apply to a broader audience)

The first critical vote on Harry Reid's version of ObamaCare will take place tomorrow (Saturday).

Reid needs 60 votes in support of his "motion to proceed" to the floor debate on his ObamaCare bill. That means 60 Senators must vote with Reid even though they were shut
out of the process and have only been given a few days to look at this over 2,000-page monstrosity.

We have posted several resources on ResistNet, including the full bill text, the "top line facts," and an itemization of more than a half-trillion dollars in new taxes. Go here: http://www.grassfire.net/r.asp?U=23183&RID=21411185

+ + Today's actions

Thanks to so many Grassfire friends who have already taken action, tens of thousands of personal letters are flooding Senate offices by fax and hand-delivery right now.

In fact, we cannot take any more fax orders before the vote on Saturday. So we're asking everyone to do two things:

+ + Action #1 -- Call your two Senators

Go to: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm to find your Senators' contact information.

Or, call the switchboard and ask for your Senator by name: 202-224-3121.

Be sure to tell your Senators that you live in their state or district.

+ + Action # 2 -- Forward this to your friends

The vote will take place on Saturday, scheduled for 8pm. This is the first key vote on Reid's ObamaCare bill -- the first high hurdle that Reid must cross.

Please alert your friends. Forward this message to them. Encourage them to access the resources at ResistNet and to call their Senators.

Again, in this first key Senate vote, clearly the odds are against us. But we must stand. Thanks for taking action.

Steve Elliott, President

Please take action now!


Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Stop the Job-Killing Politicians

From American Solutions:
Unemployment currently stands at 10.2%, the highest in a quarter-century. The stimulus failed and now even more people are out of work.

Rather than creating jobs, the $787 billion pork-filled spending bill has created more debt and more deficits that every American citizen has to pay for in the middle of a recession.

Implicitly acknowledging the failure of the stimulus, the Obama administration has now announced a "Jobs Summit" on December 3rd.

For an administration actively promoting the adoption of job killing health, energy, and labor legislation, holding a "Jobs Summit" is more theater while millions of Americans struggle to find work.

Consider the record of the job killing politicians:

  • They promised us that the $787 billion stimulus would keep unemployment below 8%, but unemployment has been above 8% since February.[1]
  • They promised us the stimulus would "create immediate jobs,"[2] yet more than 4 million jobs have been "lost and dislocated" since President Obama signed it into law.[3]
  • Without reading it, they rammed through a 1,400-page energy tax in the House,[4] which will cost each taxpayer thousands of dollars in higher energy costs and result in the loss of an estimated 1.1 million jobs per year.[5]
  • Without reading it, they passed a 2,000-page tax and control bill in the House and called it "health care reform", which will lead to $557 billion[6] in higher taxes and a loss of millions of jobs.
  • When faced with the failure to create jobs through the stimulus, they made up, yes made up, a new measurement of jobs "saved or created" that no economist takes seriously. As evidence of what they will do to deceive the public, they produced a "saved or created" report that invented congressional districts that do not exist as recipients of billions of taxpayer dollars[7] and distorted job creation numbers by tens of thousands, all to prove that th e stimulus is working.[8] David Obey (D-WI), chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, even called this "outrageous" and described the mistakes as "ludicrous."[9]

This is the record of politicians who promise new jobs and then vote for job killing legislation, record deficits and excessive government control.

This week our General Chairman, Newt Gingrich, will be releasing an internal strategy memo outlining how we can stop these job-killing politicians before they cripple our economy for good and end America's global, economic, and political leadership. Speaker Gingrich will also outline a bold agenda for American job creation and prosperity.

We can't stop these job-killing politicians alone. We need your help. Thank you for fighting to save America.


Dan Varroney
Chief Operating Officer
American Solutions

[1] Bureau of Labor Statistics.

[2] White House, "Remarks by the President and Vice President at the Signing of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act."

[3] American Solutions, "The Real Story Behind the Stimulus."

[4] American Solutions, "Pelosi's Crusade to Pass Cap and Trade."

[5] Heritage Foundation, "The Economic Consequences of Waxman-Markey: An Analysis of the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009."

[6] http://jct.gov/publications.html?func=startdown&id=3619

[7] Watchdog.org, "$6.4 Billion Stimulus Goes to Phantom Districts."

[8] American Solutions, "Stimulus Jobs Distorted Coast to Coast."

[9] Washington Post, "Flawed Stimulus Numbers - Or a Flawed Promise to Provide Them?"

Haven't we had enough yet? It's time to stop being a Lemming and stand up to those that are working so hard to turn the USA into a socialist state...


Thursday, November 12, 2009

The Government wants to determine your health care choices

I have just signed a national grassroots-led petition opposing
Obama's socialist health care plan. If allowed to go unchecked
and unchallenged, Obama will steal away your right to choose
your health care options!

Don't give the Government control over our private and personal
health care decisions. Take a moment to join with me by adding
your name to Grassfire's national petition opposing Obama's
socialist plan.

Click here to add your name:



Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Let's stop Cap and Trade

From the Desk of: Steve Elliott, President, Grassfire.org Alliance


Following closely on the heels of ObamaCare, the Boxer-Kerry Cap and Trade bill has been inconspicuously moving through the Senate with a stealth goal to pass the bill before the Copenhagen Summit this December!

During a heated debate last week Sen. Barbara Boxer, Chairwoman of the Environment and Public Works committee refused to release a full economic analysis of the bill, to which Inhofe bristled, "I can only conclude that they don't want the pubic to know how much money this thing is going to cost."

And cost it will...

Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) said of the coming legislation, "This would be the largest tax increase in the history of America."

Analysts believe the increased taxes and fees will cost the average American household upwards of $1,600 to $3,000 or more each and every year!

Making matters worse, scientists suggest Cap and Trade would have no measurable benefit--except to the federal government.

Robert, when Cap and Trade first appeared on the national scene last year, you took stand with Grassfire, now I'm asking that you help me quickly rally and mobilize 100,000 citizen signers of our national petition opposing what may be the biggest government tax and grab scheme yet!

I fully anticipate liberal lawmakers will aggressively push this bill forward. That's why I must build a strong resistance over the next 10 days.

Please take immediate action by signing the Grassfire petition and take a stand against skyrocketing taxes and increased government control, by clicking here: http://www.grassfire.net/r.asp?u=22874&PID=16196735