Join Date: May 2006
Location: So. Ohio
Re: Question regarding the 2nd Amendment
I remember in early childhood, groups of citizen, or smaller groups of neighbors gathering on certain, specially set-aside days, to go shooting for "militia practice". It was friendly competition with "your most military like rifle/carbine." That could be your Browning pump .22, your "Garden Gun", bolt action rifle, shotgun, govt. surplus '03A3, M1 Garand or carbine, or whatever else you wanted to shoot. There would be bigger contests and covered dish dinners on holidays like the 4th of July. Sometimes, informal teams would ride to a neighboring county for shooting contests. It was all good clean fun that anyone could join. You could even borrow a gun from somebody, people were more friendly. Almost everybody carried a gun in a holster on their side, in the truck or car somewhere, in a belt or pocket. People also knew that if they needed help, neighbors could be relied upon to come quickly with arms, and would help corral the ne'er-do-well.
But it was a lot more than just fun. People were actually keeping their firearms skills able and ready just in case the call should ever come; "Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country!" from all enemies, foreign or domestic! Almost every other house had at least an old Springfield (or German Luger, iron crosses, etc.)they brought back from the war (which could have been WW I or II back then). And people couldn't wait to show off their new guns.
It was about that time when people started disbelieving the govt. The Roswell spaceship controversy, denials and cover-up, McCarthy hearings, communist spys among us (there is still a uranium distilling plant near here), the space race, U2s, flying "saucers" seen by too many to continue denying they were real, etc.
sidebar; Not every piece of the Roswell crash was confiscated! Pieces of it made "the rounds" around the country. It was some amazing stuff never before seen at the time. It looked like aluminum foil that was shiny on both sides. A wooden kitchen match would not burn or melt it and you could instantly touch it and it wouldn't be hot. In fact, you could put it in your hand over a lit match and feel no heat! You could wad it up in your hands and when you laid it down, it would return to shape with no wrinkles or lines on it. Years later, Mylar would remind me of it but Mylar wrinkles when you crumple it. After everybody checked out the sample, it was sent to the next place it could be "safely" examined (meaning legal authorities like police or sheriff deputies and their families and neighbors). Where those pieces ended up is anybodies guess.
Times were nearing the end of innocence, of true freedom. All is not lost, though. We still have courageous citizens willing to do the right thing and we still have nameless faceless enemies among us. We should ALL be at least as well armed as the enemy!
The Second Amendment means what it says, simply and plainly. A free "state" is not restrained within a state's borders or a particular time zone. It is a state of mind of security, peace of mind, of knowing you don't have to wait on the cops to defend you and yours, of knowing that an enemy would have to be crazy to invade the U.S.A., a country where every man can shoot back. A "state" can be your back yard, a neighborhood, town, city, county or all of Ohio should Michigan ever attack! A firearm instills confidence, responsibility, honor and respect, the very things this country was founded upon.
It's a shame we have to try to vote for the (hopefully) lesser of two evils. An anti-gun politician should be booed offstage and run out of town! The liberals almost succeeded in "telling the big lie long enough and people will start believing it" when Clintonists were in power. I believe there are smarter people in this country than they give us credit for. All the gun laws passed by them are unconstitutional and, therefore, need not be obeyed. As for me, I never needed anybodies permission to defend myself.