"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, security, and happiness, the rifle and pistol are equally indispensable...The very atmosphere of firearms everywhere restrains evil interference--they deserve a place of honor with all that's good." - George Washington.
Move ahead to today. We have not George Washington as president, but Barack Obama, by far the most anti-Second Amendment president in American history. Obama has been quoted as saying "I don't believe people should be able to own guns." Obama said in a questionnaire that he supported banning the manufacture, sale and possession of ALL handguns, and as a junior senator from Illinois Obama endorsed a state ban on the sale and possession of ALL handguns. Obama OPPOSED a bill designed to assert a right of citizens to protect themselves against home invasions. Obama has proposed that all federally licensed gun dealers sell firearms in a storefront and not from their homes, while banning their business from being within five miles of a school or a park, effectively putting virtually ALL GUN DEALERS OUT OF BUSINESS. Obama has proposed to make it a felony for a gun owner if their firearm was STOLEN from their residence and it causes harm to another person. Obama wanted a ban on police agencies from reselling their used weapons. Obama's attorney general, Eric Holder, is a veteran gun-grabber.
WE NEED GOVERNMENT CONTROL, NOT GUN CONTROL! Tyrants have always loathed an armed people. GUN CONTROL KILLS. In the 20th century alone, there is undeniable evidence of the evils of gun control. Let history be proof:
In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control under one of the bloodiest despots in modern history, Joseph Stalin. From 1929 to 1953, approximately 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
In 1911, Turkey established gun control. From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
In 1928, Germany established gun control. From 1939 to 1945, 13 million Jews, Christians, gypsies, the mentally ill, and others, who were unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
In 1935, China established gun control. From 1948 to 1952, 20 million political dissidents were unable to defend themselves and were rounded up and exterminated.
In 1964, Guatemala established gun control. From 1964 to 1981, 100,000 Mayan Indians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
In 1970, Uganda, under brutal dictator Idi Amin, established gun control. From 1971 to 1979, 300,000 Christians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
In 1956, Cambodia established gun control. From 1975 to 1977, one million "educated" people, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
That places total victims who lost their lives at the hands of their own governments because of gun control at approximately 56 million in the last century.
"This year will go down in history. For the first time, a civilized nation has full gun registration. Our streets will be safer, our police more efficient, and the world will follow our lead." (Chancelor's Speech, 1935 by Adolf Hilter)
"The most foolish mistake we could make would be to allow the subject peoples to possess arms. So let's not have any talk about native militas." (Hitler's Secret Conversations, 1941-44, Farrar, Strauss and Young, 1953)
"Germans who wish to use firearms should join the SS or the SA, ordinary citizens don't need guns, as their having guns DOESN'T SERVE THE STATE." - HEINRICH HIMMLER
"All political power comes from the barrel of a gun. The communist party must
command all the guns, that way, no guns can ever be used to command the party." -Mao Zedong
"If I could have banned them all - Mr. And Mrs. America turn in
your guns - I would have!" (Statement on TV program 60 Minutes, Feb 5, 1995 by CFR California U.S. Senator Diane Feinstein)
"When we got organized as a country, they wrote a fairly radical
Constitution, with a radical Bill of Rights, giving radical amounts of freedom to Americans, it was
assumed that Americans who had that freedom would use it responsibly. When personal freedom is
being abused, you have to move to limit it." - Ex-President Bill Clinton
"One man with a gun can control 100 without one. ... Make mass searches and hold executions for found arms." --V.I. Lenin.
"We can't be so fixated on our desire to preserve the rights of ordinary Americans ..." Bill Clinton
"Gun registration is not enough. Waiting periods are only a step. Registration is only a step. The prohibition of private firearms is the goal." - Janet Reno
"Our main agenda is to have all guns banned. We must use whatever means possible. It doesn't matter if you have to distort the facts or even lie. Our task of creating a socialist America can only succeed when those who would resist us have been totally disarmed." Sara Brady, Chairman, Handgun Control
Any discussion of The Right to Bear Arms should begin with an understanding of this: Rights do not come from government. Only privileges come from government. Privileges that are granted by government can also be taken away by government. Rights do not come from the Constitution either. The Constitution only protects Rights the people had long before the Constitution was written. All Rights come from God and are inalienable, which means that they cannot be taken away. The only legitimate way a person can lose God-given Rights is by ALLOWING a government or individual to take them from you. Governments or individuals who violate your God-given Rights must believe themselves superior to God or they must believe that God does not exist, and therefore have NO GOD-GIVEN AUTHORITY OVER YOU! Several of the Founding Fathers suggested the following slogan for our Great Seal, "Resistance to Tyranny is Obedience to GOD".
Name one communist country, or one despotic dictatorship, where gun ownership among the civilian population is a cherished right? Of course you can't. That type of tyranny only flourishes in an environment where the population is weak, and unable to stand up for itself. In the 1930's, after Hitler came to power, the NAZI government made the ownership of guns among private civilians illegal. They then proceeded to confiscate all the guns so that the German people would be weak, and unable to stand up against the tyrannical activities of their own government.
The Nazi disarmament campaign began as soon as Hitler assumed power in 1933. It started with the creation of large volumes of written rules and regulations. Yet it was not until March 1938, the same month that Hitler annexed Austria, that the Nazis created their own Weapons Law. On November 9, 1938, the Nazis launched the Kristallnacht, and unarmed Jews all over Germany were attacked by government-sponsored mobs. In conjunction with Kristallnacht, the government used the administrative authority of the 1938 Weapons Law to require immediate Jewish surrender of all firearms and edged weapons, and to mandate a sentence of death or 20 years in a concentration camp for any violation. Do you think if the Jews in Nazi Germany were well armed, and offered feirce resistance, that the holocaust would have happened on a scale that it did? Of course not. They offered very little resistance, and were not armed. Also during Hitlers reign, the Germans invaded country after country in Europe. However, one country they would not invade was Switzerland. Why? Switzerland was the only country left in Europe that still allowed it's people to freely keep and bear arms. The NAZI's, being afraid of widespread armed resistance, left them alone.
The latest mass shootings (Put the name of whatever school, church, courthouse, and so on here) highlight the fact that the police were powerless and unable to prevent or stop these attacks. What the mainstream (Put the name of whatever politician or media outlet here) refuses to point out is that if the victims had guns to protect themselves, not only would have the assailants been more afraid to start shooting, but they would have been stopped far more quickly. Emergency 911 service is available almost everywhere in the U.S., and it was worthless against those armed attackers. And how often do the gun prohibitionists use whatever recent spate of murderous attacks on schools, businesses, community centers and churches as reasons for "gun control"? Each of these cases highlights just the opposite.
The unarmed victims of criminal attack and their families cannot get compensation from the city governments that failed to protect them in these terrible cases. At the same time, the prevailing laws and anti-gun culture made sure those victims were unarmed. Police help was too little, too late. Those murderous events do not prove the need for "gun control". They PROVE the need for an armed population. They also demonstrate the utter inability of the police to protect individuals from violent crime. Police typically investigate crimes after the fact -- they don't prevent very many crimes. And the laws in nearly every state say that the police don't even owe a duty to protect individual citizens. Citizens are on their own -- and the sooner they know it, the better.
Since gun owners in Australia were forced by new law to surrender firearms to their own government, the results are now in: homicides, assaults, and armed robberies are surging! In the state of Victoria alone, homicides with firearms are now up 300 percent. While the law-abiding citizens turned them in, the criminals did not, and criminals still possess their guns, and are less afraid to use them! When I was in Australia a couple of years ago, I asked a friend if everyone turned in their guns. He said that about one-third did, but two-thirds hid their guns, because they know that some day they may have to defend themselves against their own government.
Over the last several years law-abiding citizens have been stripped of their right to own some or all types of firearms in Australia, Canada, Great Britain and New Zealand among others. New regional and international agreements have been made by governments of various countries in which civilian possession and sales of other types of firearms are to be restricted, registered, or completely prohibited. And now, with the eager help of president Obama, and under the watchful eye of the United Nations, America is moving rapidly in the same direction. Tyrannical people and systems, when they become too powerful, only understand one thing, MAXIMUM FORCE, AND RESISTANCE! All of these UN inspired restrictive gun laws that are currently being passed in the United States are designed to weaken the population, and make them unable to stand up against the tyrannical forces behind one-world government that want to control them.
"The Constitution shall never be construed to authorize Congress to prevent the people of the United States, who are peaceable citizens, from keeping their own arms." -Samuel Adams
From Thomas Jefferson's "Commonplace Book," - "laws that forbid the carrying of arms . . . disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes . . . Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man."
"Americans need never fear their government because of the advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation." - James Madison.
"Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect every one who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are ruined.... The great object is that every man be armed." - Patrick Henry
"The Constitution of the United States asserts that all power is inherent in the people; that they may exercise it by themselves; that it is their right and duty to be at all times armed." -Thomas Jefferson.
"The best we can hope for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed." -Alexander Hamilton
"The right of the citizens to keep and bear arms has justly been considered as the safeguard of the liberties of a republic; since it offers a strong moral check against usurpation and arbitrary power of rulers; and will enable the people to resist and triumph over them." - U.S. Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story, 1833
STATE GUN LAWS: THE BEST AND THE WORST
There are gun owners, enthusiasts, and second amendment activists in every state. This is a list of the best, and worst states as far as gun laws are concerned. "Worst States" refers to states with legislatures that have refused to allow their constituents to legally protect themselves and their families and have denied the citizens of those states their constitutional rights. "Best States" refers to states that have respect for the Constitution, and the peoples right to protect and defend themselves against criminals, including the ones in their own government, if nessesary.
#1: CALIFORNIA. No list of anti-Second Amendment places would be complete without this cancer on the body of liberty. Not only does it have some of the most oppressive gun laws in America, it is also the place where almost all worthless causes and trends originate, and then spread across the country like a virus. Hypocrite California Senator Dianne Feinstein is a strong proponent of gun control, yet is known to have carried concealed handguns herself with a normally nearly impossible to obtain California carry permit. Few people, other than politicians and celebrities, are able to obtain California CCW permits. At one time, she was the only person in San Francisco to possess a concealed carry permit. The California legislature's strategy is to put so many restrictions on the requirements of the guns sold themselves, that it is too restrictive for manufacturers to sell in that state. The intent is to eliminate all private ownership of firearms in California. So California gets the # 1 spot on this list.
#2: MASSACHUSETTS. Not only is Massachusetts the home of some of the most nauseating pieces of sleaze ever to be allowed to exist in American politics, Barney Frank, Ted Kennedy and John Kerry just to name a few, but it also has some of the most extreme anti-Second Amendment laws imaginable. In 1998 Massachusetts passed a new set of laws that make it virtually impossible to legally own and carry a firearm. During the years since passage, there has been an 84 percent drop in licensed gun ownership from 1,500,000 to around 240,000. During the same period, there has been a 67 percent increase in firearm related homicides, 236 percent increase in assault related hospital discharges, 331 percent increase in firearm related Emergency Room visits and 590 percent increase in gun related outpatient observations. These statistics were provided by the Massachusetts Department of Health. Added to that is the lack of oversight and accountability, overcharges in licensing fees, licensing delays and violations, and a complete lack of credibility and trust between gun owners and their government. Massachusetts is the only state where lawmakers have actually banned the use of silhouette targets for defensive training. Also, a Massachusetts fourth-grader was suspended from school for possessing a fired blank cartridge case from a Memorial Day ceremony, and everyone who handled the cartridge case and who didn't have a Massachusetts firearm license could have been charged with a two-year state felony. Enough said and clearly deserving of # 2 on this list.
#3: NEW YORK. Home of some of the most restrictive gun laws in the country where reports of people legally transporting firearms by airlines are being arrested as they change planes in New York as their baggage is brought into the airport. The authorities know this is illegal and have belligerently continued this horrendous practice. New York state doesn't give new residents any grace period at all before requiring a license to possess any handgun. The recent case of the man who opened fire in an immigration office in New York, killing 13, simply magnifies the fact that all of the worst gun crimes are committed in states like New York that have virtually given the green light to criminals, who know that they have their guns, and the law abiding citizens do not. New York mayor Bloomberg seals the deal for # 3 for New York with his "war on out of state gun dealers".
#4: ILLINOIS. The state that gave us Obama is home of one of the most perpetually corrupt and bloated governments imaginable. They are also obsessed with tracking and restricting law-abiding gun owners. For example, it would be difficult to find a more outspoken opponent of the Second Amendment than Chicago mayor Richard Daley. Handguns are already banned in Chicago (tell that to the many gangbangers who use them), and all other guns are supposed to be registered at City Hall, but that isn't enough to satisfy Daley's lust for power. On more than one occasion, Daley has stated his desire to see all guns banned. His taxpayer-financed hallucinations include an unsuccessful attempt to create a 100-mile "gun free" zone around Chicago. Where does Daley think he has the right to impose his Stalinist vision on other towns, not to mention residents of Wisconsin and Indiana? Never one to refrain from butting in where he has no business or jurisdiction, the mayor also failed in a lawsuit against suburban gun shops. Daley has Mussolini's bluster with 60 fewer IQ points than Il Duce, and things aren't much better outside of Chicago. All Illinois gun owners are required to obtain a Firearm Owners Identification Card (FOID) from the state, and the card must be presented to purchase even a single round of ammo. All gun purchases are supposed to be registered with the state, and concealed carry by private citizens is prohibited. They also don't honor other states' carry permits.
#5: NEW JERSEY. New Jersey is an ugly place that nobody wants to visit. On top of this to get a gun you need to:
1. Fill out a 4 page application.
2. Be finger printed for an FID card.
3. Have two references that are contacted by local police.
4. Sign a paper giving the police the right to look into your medical
5. Wait months, upon months for the permit to be processed.
Not only that, but you can never obtain a carry permit. If you plan to go to the range and shoot, you better just go to the range and come back. If you decide to go and grab some food after the range and get stopped by an officer, you can be charged with carrying a weapon.
#6: HAWAII. Unlike New Jersey, Hawaii is beautiful and there is actually a reason to want to visit it. Unfortunately it also has some of the most unreasonable anti Second Amendment laws in the U.S. Before one can purchase any firearm, one must produce a permit. But only specific citizens have access to this permit. Citizens and visitors bear with luggage ransacking activities at the airports before and after alighting from the airbuses. Hawaii takes registration of handguns to the extreme, requiring registration of "firearms of any description, whether usable or unusable, serviceable or unserviceable, modern or antique." So if you own a wall-hanger that's so old it isn't legally a firearm under federal law and is in such bad shape it can't be fired at all, you'd better head on down to the police station and do your paperwork anyway.
#7: MARYLAND. To purchase a Handgun there's a 7 day waiting period, MINIMUM. Can be 30 to 45 days, depending on the 'mood' of the Maryland authorities. Paperwork does not come back "Approved" or "Disapproved". If you are allowed to purchase the 'restricted' firearm, the registration paperwork comes back "Not Disapproved". Handguns are REGISTERED as are some rifles and shotguns that the legislature and MSP have deemed to have 'evil' qualities. NO Conceal Carry Permit unless you can prove 'apprehended danger' or are a former cop that left whatever department under 'honorable' circumstances.
There are actually many other states that come close to these in their UNCONSTITUTIONAL gun laws, including CONNETICUT, DELAWARE, PENNSYLVANIA and RHODE ISLAND. These are the worst of the worst to live in or move to if you are concerned about retaining your God-Given rights to defend yourself and your family. If you are a gun owner and live in one of the states mentioned above, our prayers are with you. Keep fighting for your rights. Be sure to be armed with intelligent information and facts to state your case. Be an activist. You can change things in your state. If you can't move, fight.
States that have the least restrictive gun laws have lower violent crime rates than those that have the most restrictive gun laws. That's a provable fact. In the face of this logic, the left continues to rabidly cry foul over our right to keep and bear arms.
#1: VERMONT. Believe it or not. Vermont has a far left reputation, but on the right to bear arms they are #1. Until Alaska, Wyoming and Arizona recently followed the same route, Vermont was the only state in nation where no permit is required to carry a concealed handgun, and has a preemption clause that forbids any town or city from enacting laws restricting concealed carry. No Permit to purchase a handgun. No Registration of handguns. No Licensing of owners of handguns. No Permit needed to carry handguns, open or concealed. No State waiting period. No FBI *NICS check for firearm transactions. For many years Vermont has proven to have the lowest crime rate in the nation. You'd think this would tell the other states something about Free Carry. The state of Vermont has been ranked the second-safest state in the nation in a report released by CQ Press. New Hampshire was ranked as the safest state, which brings us to:
#2: NEW HAMPSHIRE. New Hampshire does not require a license for purchasing handguns. New Hampshire does not require a license for open carry. No State waiting period. No Registration of handguns. No Licensing of owners of handguns. Concealed Carry does require a shall-issue permit. The NH permit for concealed carry is issued by the local police department at a cost of $10 for residents, and by the NH State Police at a cost of $20 for non-residents, and is good for at least four years. If you pass the instant background check when purchasing, you will get the conceal carry permit. Turn around time is generally 1 - 2 weeks, with 14 days being the maximum time allowed by law.
#3: ALASKA. Alaska has had permitless carry, both open and concealed, since 2004. No restrictions on vehicle carry. Can be loaded, unloaded, on your person, stuffed under the seat, in plain view with a case of ammo and loaded mags on the front seat. Full-auto and all Class III friendly.
No restrictions on possession or aquisition other than federal.
No confiscation during disasters backed up with civil and criminal penalties.
Castle Doctrine applies wherever you legally happen to be. Alaska Statutes only prohibit misconduct.
Carry is restricted from bars, courthouses, school grounds and DV shelters.
Kentucky is one of the best. Anybody over 18 can carry any gun just about anywhere openly. Carry ANY weapon concealed with a shall-issue permit, unconcealed without one. Basically, the only gun laws they have are "no carry by felons", "no giving guns to kids under 18, unless they are supervised", and "no concealed carry without a 'shall issue' permit". No NICS check with a CCW permit, no notifying the police you have a gun, and you can carry in alcohol serving restaurants. Kentucky laws for justified shooting are also among the easiest in the nation: shoot to prevent burglary or arson, even if you aren't in danger. People who sue you for justified shootings have to pay for your lawyer, court cost and lost time from work.
#5: UTAH. Utah does not require a license for purchasing handguns. No license required for open carry. No State waiting period. No Registration of handguns. No Licensing of owners of handguns. Utah is a "shall issue" state for concealed carry. A permit test must be passed and a license acquired to carry a concealed handgun. Utah is a "Stand Your Ground" state, in which there is no duty to retreat if you reasonably believe that a perpetrator on your property is going to commit a forcible felony (rape, burglary, murder, grand theft, ect).
#6: IDAHO. Idaho does not require a license for purchasing handguns. No license required for open carry. No State waiting period. No Registration of handguns. No Licensing of owners of handguns. Idaho is a "shall issue" state for concealed carry. The local sheriff shall issue a concealed weapons permit to a qualified applicant within ninety days. A permit is valid for five years. Idaho recognizes valid concealed carry permits from any state. A concealed weapons permit is not required for carry of long guns concealed or not. The firearm being openly carried must be clearly visible. A firearm can also be transported in a vehicle, as long as it is in plain view, or is disassembled or unloaded. Idaho has state preemption of firearms laws, so local units of government can not regulate the ownership, possession, or transportation of firearms. The state constitution states that "No law shall impose licensure, registration or special taxation on the ownership or possession of firearms or ammunition. Nor shall any law permit the confiscation of firearms, except those actually used in the commission of a felony." A concealed weapon may not be carried at a school, courthouse, in a prison, at the Idaho State Capitol mall, or in certain other governmentally designated locations.
#7: WEST VIRGINIA. West Virginia does not require a license for purchasing handguns. No license required for open carry. No State waiting period. No Registration of handguns. No Licensing of owners of handguns. West Virginia is a "shall issue" state for concealed carry. A permit test must be passed and a license acquired to carry a concealed handgun. There still remain grandfathered restrictions on open carry in some localities, such as Charleston and Dunbar. There is a proposed senate bill which would amend the law to remove those restrictions. West Virginia enacted the castle doctrine on April 10, 2008. The Castle Doctrine gives a person the legal right to use deadly force to defend that place(his/her "castle"), and/or any other innocent persons legally inside it, from violent attack or an intrusion which may lead to violent attack. In a legal context, therefore, use of deadly force which actually results in death may be defended as justifiable homicide under the Castle Doctrine.
The "Shall-Issue" law is where activists for gun owners civil rights have won the most important series of victories in the last 20 years. It started in Florida where they went from a system where it was optional for the authorities to give out such permits, and they were only good in the county where they were issued, to a license that authorized the holder to carry statewide. Moreover, the law was written so that the permit could not be denied to any law-abiding citizen. Shall-issue means that the appointed issuing authority can't turn you down because they don't like the way you look, or the way you vote, or the idea of ordinary people carrying guns.It has been wonderfully successful. It has been proven that violent crime goes down after Shall-Issue laws are passed. Currently, we have 35 shall-issue states. They are: Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Montana, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and West Virginia.
"Stand-your-Ground" states expressly relieve the home's occupants of any duty to retreat or announce their intent to use deadly force before they can be legally justified in doing so to defend themselves. Clauses that state this fact are called "Stand Your Ground", "Line In The Sand" or "No Duty To Retreat" clauses, and state exactly that; the shooter has no duty or other requirement to abandon a place in which they have a right to be, or to give up ground to an assailant. States with a Stand-your-ground Law: Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Tennessee, Utah, and Washington State.
With Obama now as president, the worst gun laws from the worst states have a friend in Washington. That alone is reason enough for every gun owner to fight locally and nationally for gun rights, and stock up in preparation just in case.
"When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms. The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government." - Thomas Jefferson, US Founding Father, drafted the Declaration of Independence, 3rd US President of the United States.