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"Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself. They are the American people's liberty, teeth and keystone under independence ... from the hour the Pilgrims landed to the present day, events, occurrences and tendencies prove that to ensure peace...the rifle and pistol are equally indispensable ... the very atmosphere of firearms anywhere restrains evil interference. They deserve a place of honor with all that's good." George Washington


The Second Amendment states, "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." Gun control is an issue in America that raises quite the controversy. As such, as American citizens, it is our responsibility to examine the nature of this controversy. Despite what critics of the Second Amendment might argue, the Founders recognized private ownership of firearms as one of the best methods for securing the Liberty of the people.


In the Federalist Papers, James Hamilton stated, "(The Constitution preserves) the advantage of being armed, which Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation ... (where) the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms." Why would he use the word trust? Because ultimately, armed citizens are the final check on government power. Without arms, the original colonies would have never been able to fight off an oppressive government. In the event of martial law, the individual right to keep and bear arms means that we will always have the means to defend our Freedom. Thomas Jefferson states, "No Free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms."


The fact of the matter is that "gun control" is central to genocide. In recent decades, common technologies have boosted governments' powers over citizens. Accordingly, enforcement of "gun control" laws makes citizens more vunerable than ever to this enhanced government power. Presently, we cannot abolish government. To prevent further genocides, however, we can, and must, abolish "gun control." Everyone knows about the Nazi Holocaust directed against Jews, Gypsies, and others, and most people have some awareness of a Turkish genocide against Armenians (1915-1917) and the Cambodian campaign against all educated persons between 1975 and 1979.


But official campaigns designed to exterminate all the people in a given group were also carried out in the Soviet Union, in China, in Guatemala (against the Indian population between 1960 and 1981), and in Uganda under the brutal regime of Idi Amin. Each genocide has been preceded by major "gun control" legislation, like HR 45 in the United States of America, that facilitated the confiscation of weapons from the targeted victims.


The most important thing we can do to prevent future genocides is to eliminate "gun control" laws from the arsenal of government weapons against the rights of the people.The reason the Second Amendment is included in the Bill of Rights of the US Constitution is to protect America, as a last resort, against a tyrannical government.


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