Scott's Choice

        Preserve and Protect - values, family, friends, rights

2 April 2016

Americans have the will to resist because you have weapons. If you don't have a gun, freedom of speech has no power.
Yoshimi Ishikawa

This is not a trivial observation of one of the standout differences of living in America. Living in such freedom, we do not realize nor appreciate the duress and resigned cynicism so prevalent in Europe and elsewhere, in the face of the imposition of an irresistable and all-powerful government.

That is why the debate regarding gun rights vs. gun control and the NRA are always at the forefront and so frequently under attack. American must be disarmed if attacks on other rights are to gain ground.

26 March 2016

The Second Amendment - the right to bear arms - like it or not, is there first to protect your other rights from the government's encroachment and oppression (sudden or gradual), and second for your self-defense against would-be criminals. Even if you do not own any guns, by living among people who do, your life is safer.

31 January 2010

"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." -- the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution

"A well regulated militia" - then and now - means individual people. It made the American Revolution possible. To say otherwise is to miss the principles fought for - by both sides - in the April, 1775, battles at Lexington and Concord.

The First Amendment asserts our right to freedom of speech, religion, assembly, and the press.

The Second Amendment is the teeth and muscle that keeps the First Amendment strong, and the people safe. Gun Control undermines one to take away both - an attack on our freedom through subversion. Those who have been convinced of some other argument have been played for suckers, by those trying to build "democratic" support.

The U.S. is a Republic, designed to protect Individual Rights. It is not a democracy nor is it a tyranny - precisely because neither can provide such protection.

Those rights precede the United States Constitution. That document was written and ratified by the people to give a limited degree of authority to the government, to protect those rights - and no more. The Constitution is above the government - and politicians. The government "derives its just powers" from the Constitution - from the consent of the people it governs.

The First and Second Amendments are its strongest protection. It is our responsibility to exercise those Amendments to protect and preserve the American way of life - "our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor" - "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness".

There has been so much written about the Second Amendment. Its value and purpose are not immediately obvious, but subtle and complex. Here are just a few pictures that express some parts of that value.

The photographs below are by Oleg Volk; see his website,

Get your Concealed Weapon Permit! Join the tens of thousands across the U.S. each year who are choosing to be a deterrent to criminals. See Remember: the police solve crimes and catch ciminals. Only you can protect yourself, your loved ones, and your home. In the U.S., an assault is statistically unlikely. But will you be happier as a statistic, or in being alive?

For every accidental gun-related death, more than 3,000 crimes like this are stopped
- the ultimate safety device.

There is no safety in being unarmed.

If airline passengers were armed, there would have been no 9/11.

Gun Control disarms the law-abiding in the most urgent life-or-death situations
- or it turns them into criminals.

Living in freedom, law-abiding people can and do build lives, families, careers, fortunes, a happy future for our descendents - civilization - all that is good in the world. Protecting that is good. Its theft or destruction - whether by criminals or governments - is immoral and vicious, and must be fought by any means necessary. The consequence of failure is a quickening slide to barbarism.

History has proven - consistently - even in the United States - that people must defend their rights - and be prepared to defend them violently. That threat is the only thing that keeps the government at bay. There is always someone in power who wants to take away your rights.

Initiating force is wrong. Failing to choose to protect against it - pacifism - is equally wrong.
Protecting yourself and what you have built is an action of the highest moral caliber.

By the nature of its subject matter, the National Rifle Association - the NRA - lives on the front lines of the battle against those who would take away not just the Second Amendment but all of our freedoms. The fact that it is so vilified by its detractors should speak volumes for their intentions.

Support your right to your way of life by joining the NRA, even if you have no interest in guns. See Your dues are the ammunition used in your defense.

When you join, you have the option to pick one of three monthly magazines. Choose "America's 1st Freedom", and stay informed about the ongoing protection of your liberty.

Always be safe.
A gun is like any tool. Get proper training. Practice. Develop good habits.
Always know and live within the gun laws where you live.

-- Scott

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