As we watch a new presidential administration settle into their comfort zone, old issues become new again. This also means we have a renewed opportunity to bring proper Constitutional education to the mainstream view. As this new administration begins to address the issues important to the preservation of our Liberty, we must make sure that Liberty education is pervasive so that Liberty principles can not only be secured but also may prosper.
No doubt, the issue of gun control will be one of these Liberty principles addressed by this new administration. As this principle comes under new scrutiny, this becomes the perfect opportunity to bring truth to the mainstream.
One axiomatic truth is that greater gun control will result in greater loss of Liberty. Samuel Adams wrote an essay called The Rights of the Colonists:
“Among the natural rights of the Colonists are these: First, a right to life; Secondly, to liberty; Thirdly, to property; together with the right to support and defend them in the best manner they can. These are evident branches of, rather than deductions from, the duty of self-preservation, commonly called the first law of nature.”
Loss of life is the greatest form of loss of Liberty: if you cannot live, no other Liberty exists. Samuel Adams reminds us the defense of your life is a Natural Right, stemming from the first law of Nature, the duty of self-preservation. It is a Natural Right because God gave you the gift of life, not government. Did government give you your Life? Who should you have to ask for permission to save your life? If you cannot defend yourself without seeking permission from government first, who is in charge of your life?
If you cannot defend your own life, how do you keep gangsters or government from “mandating” your death or the death of your neighbor?
Yet, when we allow our representatives to establish gun laws or regulations we actually allow government to transform our Natural Righs into a privileges. When those in government create laws or regulations that operate contrary to these Liberty Principles they not only violate Natural Law but also violate the whole reason government exists. Remeber what is written in our Declaration of Independence?
“WE hold these Truths to be self-evident: that all Men are created equal; that they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights..that to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…”
This Declaration was to serve as a reminder to the government and to the people that the only reason for government to ever exist is to secure the Rights of the people. For any government to transmute our rights into privileges contradicts the entire purpose of government and violates the first law of Nature. This is why the Declaration makes clear the principle:
“…that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, & to institute new government, laying it’s foundation on such principles…”
In America, right now, we have traded our Right to self-preservation for a privilege to self-preservation that is given or taken away at the government’s whim. In fact many legislators believe we can achieve greater security by limiting the Liberties of the people and expanding government power. When these representatives create regulations of our Rights contrary to Natural Law, we not only endanger our own lives, but also the lives of our Posterity. The drafters of our Constitutional Republic knew this, this was the whole reason they threw off their own government.
“Let us remember that if we suffer tamely a lawless attack upon our liberty, we encourage it, and involve others in our doom. It is a very serious consideration, which should deeply impress our minds, that millions yet unborn may be the miserable sharers of the event.”
These laws and regulations do not make us more secure, they make us more enslaved to government. When our ability to defend our lives is transferred to a government agent in a distant location, when the means to secure our lives is piece by piece whittled down to sticks and stones, when we have to ask permission and pay for the privilege to possess the means to preserve our lives we are no longer citizens; we are at best subjects and at worst servile slaves.
Those who established the foundational principles of our Constitutional Republic knew that Liberty must not only be secured for themselves, but also for “ages and millions yet unborn.” They knew that present acts of legislation, both good and bad, would have a generational, perhaps even an eternal, consequence. They also knew the greatest threat to Liberty was not the lone tyrant, but the “universal ignorance” of the people.
“For no people will tamely surrender their Liberties, nor can any be easily subdued, when knowledge is diffusd and Virtue is preservd. On the Contrary, when People are universally ignorant, and debauchd in their Manners, they will sink under their own weight without the Aid of foreign Invaders.” Samuel Adams
These timeless truths are why we have a responsibility to direct our representatives and require Liberty First principles. But we must also remember that our Liberty is at peril when we do not take these opportunities to educate each other first.
Take advantage of these new opportunities to educate your fellow man on some time tested truths. Just as the consequences of an ignorant people can be predicted, we know an educated society will always choose Liberty First.
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Here is an educational article that teaches the foundational principles of our Right to keep and bear arms: https://goo.gl/9c8e0v