“The unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments, but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people.”  This fervent hope was expressed in 1788 by Continental Congressman Tench Coxe of Pennsylvania.


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During the more than 200 years since ratification of the United States Constitution, no God-given right has resisted a more determined opposition than the right to keep and bear arms. Gun owners have been threatened with fines and imprisonment for wishing to defend family and property.  In Connecticut, law-abiding Americans were rendered defenseless by state statute, their slaughter knowingly and deliberately facilitated by politicians interested only in the implementation of an anti-gun agenda.

The Sandy Hook killings have predictably prompted calls to ban “assault weapons;” the firearms with which the American people can most effectively defend life and liberty. A horrified Left maintains private ownership of these rifles must end because such weapons are meant only for killing!  Self-important, nanny state elitists apparently don’t understand that the principle purpose of all firearms is killing. After all, the defense of life, property and liberty is only respected when a very real threat of death is forced upon those who would take these most cherished of possessions from us.

Yet our capacity to defend life and liberty is to be statutorily tempered by those who refuse to trust American citizens with the most effective weapons at our disposal. In short, the Left “…want us to believe that so long as we can own some kind of firearm, after our semi-auto military rifles are taken, we are not disarmed.”

Shortly after the battles of Lexington and Concord, Samuel Adams addressed the following to those who had assisted the British in their attempt to confiscate powder and weapons from the colonists:


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“If you love wealth more than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, depart from us in peace. We ask not your counsel nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you. May your chains rest lightly upon you and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen.”

Never were cowards and traitors more eloquently dismissed from the company of patriots.

Cowards and traitors exist now as in Adams’ day; cowards willing to surrender their weapons to a tyrannical state and traitors willing to surrender the rights of other Americans.

But the rest of us will overcome these individuals and resist the efforts of a corrupt government to enslave the American public by refusing to obey any law which further intrudes on our Second Amendment rights. Be it a ban on ownership or attempt at outright confiscation, the duty of Americans will be to fight, not comply.

Photo credit: Rev. Xanatos Satanicos Bombasticos (ClintJCL) (Creative Commons)

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