Right to Have Guns Fundamental

Right to Have Guns Fundamental - Charles Fockaert

Thursday, July 6, 1989
Times Standard
Eureka, California

Editor

The gun controllers are on the war path and Americans are being ambushed.

James Madison, in Federalist Paper No. 46, very clearly indicates that the need for the people to protect themselves from the “federal government” that has “accumulated a military force for the projects of ambition.” The main reason the states have a militia is to protect themselves from the national or federal government and its standing army, not to protect itself from foreign invaders as is commonly believed.

The U.S. Code, Title 10, Section 31, reads: “the militia of each state includes all able bodies males at least 17 years of age and 45 years of age.” That is why the Second Amendment reads: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary for the security of a free state, (not a federal government), the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. “ The people are the militia and the militia is to protect the rights of the people of the states from the encroachments of the federal government.

Ask the Chinese in Beijing if they think we should let the government take away our semiautomatic weapons. The massacre in Tiananmen Square may never had happened had the Chinese freedom seekers been armed like their communist masters. That scene could very well be replayed right here in America, should the gun-grabbers be allowed to continue to infringe upon our right to bear arms.

We have a choice. We confront and repel the gun-grabbers now, or we lay down later, unarmed, in the path of the tanks of tyranny.

The right of the people to be armed is fundamental and necessary for the maintenance of liberty. For law-abiding citizens to lose the right to keep and bear arms – and yes, even semiautomatic weapons – will only result in continued erosion of freedom.

Charles Fockaert