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How Important is the Right to Bear Arms?

Something to think about:

About the time the original 13 states adopted their new constitution, Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh, had this to say in 1787:

"A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship."

"The average age of the worlds greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence:

1. >From bondage to spiritual faith;
2. >From spiritual faith to great courage;
3. >From courage to liberty;
4. >From liberty to abundance;
5. >From abundance to complacency;
6. >From complacency to apathy;
7. >From apathy to dependence;
8. >From dependence back into bondage "

The United States is now somewhere between the "complacency & apathy" phase of Professor Tyler's definition of democracy, with some 40 percent of the nation's population already having reached the "governmental dependency" phase.

This is why our forefathers listed the Second Amendment SECOND! It is drastically important that this right never be infringed, because it allows citizens the power to FORCE change should the need ever arise.

Patrick Henry (1736-1799): "Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined."

The "force" Mr. Henry speaks about is our right to bear arms.
how true it is
I sure can see where the steps are happening to this country.
Your line about democracy existing until the public learns to vote money from the public treasury was first used to describe the early democracy of ROME.. Just study the rise and fall of the romans to find our past and future.
sad situation
Since 90% of us folks live a couple of checks away from bankrupcy the above thread will come to past--when you go back to the log cabin days where a mans only job was providing food for the table he had the nuts to stand up and be counted now most of the folks in the good old usa are a bunch of sheep--just my opinion but our demise started about 30 to 40 yrs back when big brother started running our lives telling us who to go to school with and no more religion at school and no one being accountable for their actions--sad but true--I truly believe i have seen the best part of this great country its just down hill from here on--
Right to Bear Arms
It is one of the most important rights we have, If you look back in history Hitler unarmed germany before he started killing the jews.
I personaly don't want to have to rely on the police or the fedral government to protect me and mine.
Also if you would look at what is going on in europe where citizens are not allowed to keep guns in thier homes. The police there are now carring guns, they have learned that the night stick dose no good aginst a armed criminal and the crime rates over there are rising as fast as New Orleans is. Why? because the criminals are armed and no one else is!!!
I think if more people would take the time to get the permits to carry the criminals would think twice and move on. Yep a few of them would have to die first, but that would not be a big loss.
The major problem is not guns it is the government and the bleeding hearts out there, that want to make sure the SOB that killed someone gets T.V., a exercise room,and better medical care than most of us honest working people. This country needs to go back to the days of chain gangs, and where prison was punishment!! I bet if your kids saw 30 men chained together in the hot sun digging ditches on side of the road, they would think twice about committing any kind of crimes.
I know I got off the topic, but oh well.