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We were given the right to protect our liberties

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Posted: Tuesday, January 8, 2013 12:00 am

A very wise William Penn wrote in 1683, "Liberty without obedience is confusion, and obedience without liberty is slavery." It can be further said there is no liberty without the means to defend it.

On Dec. 15, 1791, our "Framers," determined to safeguard our hard-won rights, along with many Americans, accepted our new government on the condition that provision be made for the protection of our "first liberties," or fundamental rights against usurpation by the newly created federal government. They created a Bill of Rights to amend our Constitution with the intent to ensure our new federal government wouldn't interfere in matters of religion, speech, press, assembly and our bearing of arms.

The Second Amendment succinctly states, "A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed." Also, the Ninth and Tenth Amendments importantly reject a centralized federal government with the stance that the Bill of Rights should not be used to deny the people the rights which we already possess, and that the federal government shouldn't intrude into the people's issues of life, liberty and property.

The right to armed self-defense was conferred by God as the means of protecting all other God-given rights. It is even written that Jesus told the disciples to buy a sword and pray not to have to use it. It's the same with firearms — keep and bear them, pray not to need them, and using discernment, avoid trouble.

It's said that no walls are needed to imprison a man whose mind has been enslaved, and his means of self-defense eliminated. An example is Hitler's confiscation of arms and the means to acquire them from the Jews just prior to WWII. This is true for any dictator and petty tyrant, including our own beneficent tyrant Obama.

We are never freer than when we possess the means to defend our freedom.

William Van Amber Fields


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