So much of the controversy surrounding the 2nd Amendment is stirred up
by either the media or those already in power. I wonder why that is
so? Do you suppose it is because those who wield the power are
fearful of being overthrown? Hmmmm…maybe there is a reason for
that…both fear and overthrow. But the causes for these sentiments
are tragically buried by the raucous voices whose power has gone to
their heads and any thought that they may deserve unenthronement is
given no credence whatsoever. There is little power that the common
people have, outside of the ballot box, that give them even a slim
chance of booting out the corrupt rule and establishing democratic
governance. This is why the founding fathers so wisely included the
“right to bear arms” in the Amendments to the Constitution. When
power corrupts, it doesn’t stop at stop signs – in some cases it
drives all the way from Washington to Los Angeles to Chicago to
Detroit. And tears up the pavement on the way.

I suspect that if you were to ask 100 gun owners why they keep a gun,
they would answer “to protect my family and our home.” If there is a
better reason, let us hear of it. And this choice was sanctioned by a
very wise and astute group of men who saw that the need for such
choice was not going to end any time soon. Law abiding citizens who
realize that government is not there to protect their rights, have few
options: protect themselves or leave their doors open. It is
interesting that lawmakers who have been mugged, robbed or beaten very
often will end up arming themselves, all the while castigating
everyone else for even thinking about it. Is there something in their
tap water that arouses such skewed behavior? Or is it the feeling
that they, too, would feel safer by being armed? I’ll let them answer
that question.

When we are denied our legitimate rights as citizens of this country,
no matter what the controversy, we are denied the right of
citizenship. If we are intimidated at the polling booth; have our
vote made null because of fraudulent ballots or have our vote
cancelled by a machine that changes our choices, we are being denied
the rights of citizens. Thomas Jefferson went so far as to state that
sometimes, in the life of a country, blood must be shed in order to
keep our liberties. In McMinn County, Tennessee, August 1-2, 1946,
returning veterans of WWII found themselves in the midst of extremely
corrupt city, county and state governments that were run by bribes,
stolen votes and even murder. They decided to put forth their own
candidate for office, only to have the ballot boxes stuffed and
carried off by the officials to count in private, against voting
regulations. What ended up has been called “The Battle of Athens.”
When they were denied their legitimate vote and were forced to retreat
at gunpoint by the corrupt officials, they took things into their own
hands. What else could they do? They had no power and the opposition
led all the way to the Governor.

What would anyone do, who had just given years of their lives to
defend their country, coming home to another enemy just as wicked in
their own hometown, instead of the honor that they rightfully
deserved? Well, they went to the town armory and, with the key from
the mayor, went well armed to city hall and confronted the offenders.
When the bullets started flying, they dynamited the building, forcing
the offenders to surrender. Corrupt officials were arrested and
sentenced; the veterans cleaned and returned the arms that night and
the rule of law was restored when the ballot boxes were lawfully
opened and their candidate received the winning votes. None of the
veterans were prosecuted. Let it be known that sometimes the
wickedness is so prevalent that extreme action is required. Let us
not be so naive to think it can’t happen in our own lifetime.
As a matter of fact, as we speak…