In the wake of the Uvalde tragedy, Biden is again attempting to wrench away our Second Amendment rights. In Biden’s remarks to reporters this past Memorial Day, he mentioned the already debunked claim that it was not possible to buy a cannon when the Second Amendment was passed. Biden first made a similar assertion over the summer of 2020, stating that at the time of the Revolutionary War private citizens couldn’t own cannons. He also said, “From the very beginning you weren’t allowed to have certain weapons.” PolitiFact fact-checker researched this claim and ranked it as being “false” for a variety of reasons, yet President Where-Am-I continues putting it forth as true. Biden’s staff was unable to provide an example of a law banning private ownership of cannons and historians for the period doubt that any existed. In fact, by the 1740s local artillery units had formed and each of these “was a purely volunteer organization, and was armed and equipped at its own expense.” Personally-owned ship’s cannons were used on American privateer (or privately owned) vessels during that period.
Biden went on to say that he would like to ban high caliber handguns including 9mm pistols. He stated, “Remember, the Constitution, the Second Amendment, was never absolute,” referencing his remarks that there were types of artillery that private citizens were unable to purchase. At the time of the founding of this country, citizens were able to purchase any guns they could afford (or legally steal, as was the case with cannons held by privateers). When the Second Amendment was written, the idea that Americans had the individual right or obligation to possess arms for defense of themselves was widely understood. The operative clause of 2A, the part that on its own could be a stand-alone sentence is, “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” Preventing the ownerships of certain types of arms certainly seems like an infringement. The authors of the Bill of Rights did not specify the types of arms that the people are permitted to bear, and it is clearly outside of the power granted to our government to attempt to do that now.
Let’s dive in a little deeper on this issue and discuss what’s really going on here. Tench Coxe, a member the Continental Congress, described the purpose of 2A as follows: “As civil rulers, not having their duty to the people before them, may attempt to tyrannize, and as the military forces which must be occasionally raised to defend our country, might pervert their power to the injury of their fellow citizens, the people are confirmed by the article in their right to keep and bear private arms.” Mr. Coxe was basically saying that the right to keep and bear arms is absolute and is necessary in the event that the government and military forces controlled by the government abuse their power and attempt to tyrannize us. The first step towards tyranny, which leads towards the erosion of rights and eventually communist control over the people, is removing the people’s right to defend themselves against unconstitutional government overreach. They don’t talk about this on the mainstream media, but let’s look at some real-world examples.
Australia has some of the strictest firearm possession laws in the world. After a mass shooting that occurred in 1996, a plan to confiscate guns was enacted, which included the buyback of semi-automatic weapons and the confiscation of guns from owners no longer qualified to possess them. To date, about 650,000 guns have been destroyed. In 2016, 20 years after the forced buyback and confiscation of guns began, the Australian government admitted that hundreds of thousands of “illegal firearms” remained in criminal possession. In 2013, the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice reviewed the available research on Australia’s confiscation program and concluded that the effort had no effect on crime generally. So taking guns out of the hands of citizens does nothing to deter crime and leaves them defenseless if crime occurs. Of course, the police still have guns. And during the pandemic, the police forced Australian citizens into Covid internment camps. People infected with Covid and even those suspected of having Covid were involuntarily placed into government Covid concentration camps, which were surrounded with tall fences and carefully policed by armed guards to prevent attempts at escape. Noncompliance was punished by extended sentences in these camps. If an interned citizen left their cabin or room without a mask, they were fined $5000 AUD. Don’t bother getting upset while involuntarily interned; drugs like Valium were made available to keep the inmates numbed out to what was happening to them.
A two-week sentence in Australia’s Covid concentrations camps pales in comparison to the horrors enacted on Shanghai residents. The ruling communist regime enacted a month-long total lockdown on the city in an attempt to totally and completely squash a reported Covid outbreak. Residents were not allowed to leave their homes and business were forced to close. Armed military personnel patrolled the streets and kept people locked in their residences. Babies and small children were separated from their parents in quarantine centers. The quarantine centers, or Covid concentration camps, had poor sanitary conditions. During the lockdown, people went hungry. The communist party did not allow enough people to work to distribute food. Shanghai residents took to the balconies of their apartments and sang to protest the lack of supplies. Drones patrolled the city and instructed people to “Please comply with Covid restrictions. Control your soul’s desire for freedom. Do no open the window or sing.”
The level of tyrannical government control that occurred Australia and China is what happens when private citizens are not able to arm and defend themselves. These governments know that the people are powerless against them. And so they began to usurp rights and freedoms. A right taken from the people is seldom restored. And before long tyranny has replaced liberty. People will be living under a communist regime and will be expected to control their soul’s desire for freedom. But to American patriots, the soul is sustained by freedom. What keeps us free is our ingrained knowledge in the wisdom of the Second Amendment. We know what it means, and we know that the gun-owning citizens of this nation standing together is what continues to keep tyranny in check. Look no further than to our neighbors to the North to watch what happens after citizens lose their gun rights. Canadian dictator Justin Trudeau has put a freeze on the sale, transfer, and import of all handguns. Trudeau has plans to enact a mandatory buyback program for 1500 types of military-style firearms beginning at the end of the year. We will watch in real time as the rights of Canadian citizens are taken away as their country dissolves further into a communist regime. God help the people of Canada. And God bless the Second Amendment.