I've been quiet the last couple of days because I've really been thinking about how I wanted to approach this subject.
Everyone remembers the statement that Obama made about many of us bitterly clinging to our Bibles and guns. Actually it was religion and guns but to me the Bible is my religion so I will use that.
Let's examine what that statement actually means in what's happening today with all the talk of gun control.
Naturally he meant it in a derogatory way but to me it's actually a "red badge of courage". I count it an honor to be considered that way.
Religion and guns. Guns and religion. To many of us they really do go together like bread and butter.
How can I say that you might ask?
Let's start with the Bible. Regardless of what the liberals would like you and the world to believe, America really was founded on Christian fundamentals. Now is that to say that everyone was Christian? Absolutely not. However, the majority were strongly influenced by Christian and Biblical ideals of right and wrong. The Country had direction. It's people had direction. The difference between right and wrong was definitely and strongly defined and most times enforced, at home, at work, and mostly even in government.
You see, even though being a Christian and having a personal relationship with God is important, for many, many years even without that it was commonly accepted to follow the right and wrong teachings of the Bible. People made their common sense decisions based on Biblical teachings even if they did not personally believe in God. They knew the difference between right and wrong because it made sense to them.
The point is that common sense, logical thinking people, even an atheist, in the past could admit that there is certainly no harm in following the Biblical teachings of what is right and wrong. What's so wrong with that? So what if it comes from an ancient book called the Bible. Is loving your neighbor such a bad thing? Is treating others like you would like to be treated such a bad thing?
That direction is what is missing today. We as a Country have no established sense of right and wrong any more because we have no strong Biblical teachings any more.
Now to the guns. America was founded on the use and ownership of guns. Our founders knew and understood human nature. That is why they were so able to establish such a wonderful and amazing form of government, the Constitutional Republic.
How does human nature relate to guns and gun ownership in how our Country was established? Let's look at history.
What's the one constant throughout all of history? Humans!
Whether they are smarter or dumber, richer or poorer, healthier or in poor health. History revolves around humans.
Looking at history you very easily see cause and effect. We do this and this happens. If we do it again, the same thing happens again. It's proven over and over. Situations change but human nature does not. Humans today are the same as they were 5000 years ago. Common sense and logic folks. Why else would history continually keep repeating itself when we do the same things over and over. Makes sense huh.
Our founders knew this. The fully recognized that history would repeat itself if we did the things of the past yet again. They warned us. They tried to setup our government to prevent us having the same problems past civilizations have had and then they even told us what to avoid. What more could we ask for?
They knew that it was human nature for governments to become too powerful and to take control of the citizens and make slaves out of them. They had just fought a war against that very thing. They had seen it in other situations and in history. They knew that the only way to keep that from happening was to ensure that We The People were at least as well armed as the government. They didn't specify what arms to include or exclude because to them there were no exclusions to the people since the people were the all powerful factor. The government was secondary to the people and the people's desires.
Here are a few quotes that prove this point:
“A constitution founded on these principles introduces knowledge among the people, and inspires them with a conscious dignity becoming freemen; a general emulation takes place, which causes good humor, sociability, good manners, and good morals to be general. That elevation of sentiment inspired by such a government, makes the common people brave and enterprising. That ambition which is inspired by it makes them sober, industrious, and frugal. There is no good government but what is republican. That the only valuable part of the British constitution is so; for the true idea of a republic is “an empire of laws, and not of men.”’ That, as a republic is the best of governments, so that particular arrangement of the powers of society, or in other words, that form of government which is best contrived to secure an impartial and exact execution of the law, is the best of republics.”
“Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other” John Adams
The reason for the 2nd Amendment was very evident. It was to protect the people from their own government and to protect the other parts of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
Again, here are some more quotes from the founders. In their own words it is absolutely unquestionable to anyone, with any common sense and logic whatsoever, what their intentions were:
“Whenever governments mean to invade the rights and liberties of the people, they always attempt to destroy the militia, in order to raise an army upon their ruins.” Rep. Elbridge Gerry of Massachusetts
"Laws that forbid the carrying of arms… disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes… Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man". Thomas Jefferson
“No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.” Thomas Jefferson
“A militia, when properly formed, are in fact the people themselves … and include all men capable of bearing arms.” “To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of people always possess arms…” Senator Henry Lee
You can readily see that the Founders believed in both the Bible and guns and saw the need for both. They had an extremely strong sense of right and wrong, that too is evident through their words and actions. It matters not what their actual religion was, what their total beliefs were. It matters that they lived what they believed in both word and deed.
To us bitter clingers, Bibles and guns go hand in hand. Most of us apply the use of guns based on the right and wrong teachings of the Bible. That's why to us the two go hand in hand. The Bible is our guide book. Our users guide if you would.
We still believe in the Constitution as it was written. It was written in plain, simple, common sense, logical language. Very understandable for us clingers.
Obama and our government should consider themselves lucky that we are bitter clingers. If we weren't and didn't have our "users manual" handy, our patience would have already worn thin way before now. So our clinging has actually given him some more time but now his time is up.
Our patience is now gone. It is no more. The line has been drawn and we will give no more. This is not our choice but our beliefs will not allow us to give another inch.
We will continue our bitter clinging as our Founding Fathers did before us except now even tighter than before and you cannot remove either our Bibles, nor our guns from us while their is yet breath in us.