You can live without liberty. Most assuredly you can. People all around the world do it every day.
They get up. They get dressed. Maybe they go to work. If they do, the government takes most of the money they earned, or maybe they’re just assigned a job and the government gives them what they need or maybe it doesn’t. There are lots of laws to obey. They must obey the laws of the state or there are severe consequences. Maybe they don’t talk too much about the state, because that can get them into a lot of trouble.
Maybe…just maybe, they are real careful about who they talk to and what they say. Just maybe there are some people who will tell the authorities about some bad things someone said so they can get a little extra food as a reward.
Maybe the government is just a few guys who no one chose. And just maybe you just keep your mouth shut because you don’t want to end up in a prison or worse.
Maybe your nosey neighbor is always peering out her window to watch what you do, because she suspects you might be talking to the wrong people. So maybe you never have anyone come over to your apartment, it’s really not big enough for visitors anyway. Maybe you keep the same routine day after day, so you don’t draw any attention to yourself.
Maybe you live in Syria or North Korea or Turkmenistan or Saudi Arabia or Somalia or the Sudan. Maybe you’re not even sure which country you live in anymore, but one thing you do know for sure, the state has guns and you don’t.
You can live without liberty, but why would you want to?
Patrick Henry was a patriot who understood liberty. He said:
“Guard with jealous attention the public liberty! Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force, and whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined!”
What did he mean by force? He meant guns.
He also said:
“Oh, Sir, we should have fine times indeed, if to punish tyrants, it were only sufficient to assemble the people. Your arms wherewith you could defend yourselves, are gone… Did you ever read of any revolution in a nation, brought about by the punishment of those in power, inflicted by those who had no power at all?”
He meant, if we give up our guns, and those in power become tyrannical, we’re through.
The Second Amendment is important because it prohibits the government from taking our only means of preserving liberty. Don’t be swayed by promises of protection.
The Democrats and, yes, some Republicans are susceptible to arguments for safety. Taking our guns is not the answer. I will never support the infringement or our Second Amendment rights. You should not support any politician who does.
Brandon Martin is seeking the Republican nomination for U. S. Congressman at the 2020 election. He is a Constitutionalist Conservative Republican.