The sporadic musings of a middle aged man who isn't exactly happy with the direction America is taking today....
"The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not." ~~Thomas Jefferson
"Who will protect us from those who protect us?"
Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. ~ Thomas Jefferson
"None are so hopelessly enslaved as those who falsely believe they are free." ~~Goethe
21 January 2013
A Lesson to be Learned on the Anniversary of
December 29, 2012 marks the 122nd Anniversary of
the murder of 297 Sioux Indians at Wounded Knee Creek on the Pine
Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.
These 297 people, in their winter camp, were
murdered by federal agents and members of the 7th Cavalry who had come
to confiscate their firearms “ for their own safety and protection ”.
The slaughter began AFTER the majority of the Sioux had
peacefully turned in their firearms . When the final round had been fired,
of the 297 dead or dying, two thirds (200) were women and children.
Around 40 members of the 7th Cavalry were
killed, over half cut down by friendly fire from the Hotchkiss guns of their
overzealous comrades-in-arms . Twenty members of the 7th Cavalry were deemed
“National Heroes” and awarded the Medal of Honor for their acts of
We do not hear of Wounded Knee today. It is not mentioned in
our history classes or books. What little does exist about Wounded Knee is
normally the sanitized “Official Government Explanation” or the historically
and factually inaccurate depictions of the events leading up to the
massacre on the movie screen.
Wounded Knee was among the first federally backed gun
confiscation attempts in United States history. It ended in the
senseless murder of 297 people.
Before you jump on the emotionally charged bandwagon for
gun-control, take a moment to reflect on the real purpose of the
Second Amendment ---- The right of the people to take up arms in defense
of themselves, their families, and property in the face of invading armies
or an oppressive government. The argument that the Second Amendment only
applies to hunting and target shooting is asinine. When the United States
Constitution was drafted “hunting” was an everyday chore carried out by men and
women to put meat on the table each night, and “target shooting” was an
unheard of concept, musket balls were a precious commodity in the wilds of
early America, and were certainly not wasted “target shooting”. The Second
Amendment was written by people who fled oppressive and tyrannical regimes
in Europe, and refers to the right of American citizens to be armed for defense
purposes should such tyranny rise in the United States.
As time goes on the average citizen in the
United States continues to lose personal freedom or “liberty”. Far too many
times unjust bills are passed and signed into law under the guise of “ for
your safety ” or “ for protection ”. The Patriot Act signed into law by G.W. Bush,
then expanded and continued by Barack Obama is just one of many examples of
American citizens being stripped of their rights and privacy for “safety”.
Now, the Right to Keep and Bear Arms is on the table, and will, most likely be
taken away for “ our safety ”.
Before any American citizen blindly accepts whatever new
firearms legislation that is about to be doled out, they should stop
and think about something for just one minute --- evil does exist in our
world. It always has and always will. Throughout history evil people have
committed evil acts. In the Bible one of the first stories is that of Cain
killing Abel. We can not legislate “evil” into extinction. Good people
will abide by the law, defective people will always find a way around it.
Another thought, evil exists all around us, but
looking back at the historical record of the past 200 years across the globe,
where is evil” and “malevolence” most often found? In the hands of those
with the power ---- governments. The greatest human tragedies on record
and the largest loss of innocent human life can be attributed to governments.
Who do governments target? “Scapegoats” and “enemies” within their own
borders…but only after they have been disarmed to the point where they are no
longer a threat. Ask any Native American, and they will tell you it was
inferior technology and lack of arms that contributed to their demise. Ask any
Armenian why it was so easy for the Turks to exterminate millions of them,
and they will answer “We were disarmed before it happened”. Ask any Jew what
Hitler’s first step prior to the mass murders of the Holocaust was --
confiscation of firearms from the people.
Wounded Knee is the prime example of why the
Second Amendment exists, and why we shouldn’t be in such a hurry to surrender
our Right to Bear Arms. Without the Second Amendment we have no right to
defend ourselves and our families.